Migrate to Canada as a Welder
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Migrate to Canada as an Welder (NOC 72106)

Canada has a critical shortage of Welders. If you are a qualified Welder with at least 2 years relevant experience then you are eligible to migrate to Canada provided you have completed an apprenticeship program and have good English language skills.

How to Migrate to Canada as a Welder


  • Have 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Hold a relevant qualification in your trade
  • Secure a job in Canada OR;
  • Convert your qualifications to the Canadian equivalent
  • Lodge an Express Entry application
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Criteria for Welders to move to Canada


You need to meet the following criteria:


Work Experience


Welders migrating to Canada are requited to have at least 2 years of recent, relevant work experience in the trade.




Applicants must hold a relevant formal Welding qualification. Example qualifications include:



  • From the UK you will need NVQ Level III


  • From South Africa you will be expected to hold your Red Seal


  • Germans will be expected to have done their Ausbildungsberufe


Language Skills


You must be able to demonstrate a good level of English or French (the two main languages of Canada).


As a Skilled Tradesperson you don’t need an academic level of language skills, just competent reading and writing skills.


Age Limits


There are no set age limits to move to Canada as an Welder. However, the older you are the less points you score.


Job Offer


Welding applicants applying to Immigrate to Canada no longer require a formal job offer because the trade is on the Express Entry Flagship Management System. However, having a job offer will still benefit an applicants chances.


Alternatively, applicants can ‘Challenge a Trade’. This common route involves a process whereby you convert your foreign Weldeing Skills, Qualifications and Experience to the Canadian Standard.


Background Checks


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Job Description


Welders moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:


  • Read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications


  • Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plasma arc welding (PAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), resistance welding and submerged arc welding (SAW)


  • Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment


  • Operate brazing and soldering equipment


  • Operate metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines


  • Repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers


  • Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, shipbuilding and repair, aerospace precision welding, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding


Migration Consultant LLC has a dedicated Welders Canada desk that only represents qualified welders migrating to Canada. They understand your profession and can talk your language when it comes to explaining your immigration pathway and the route to securing a Canada Visa for you (and your family).


Alternative Job Titles


Other types of Welder specializations suitable for Canadian Immigration are:


  • metal inert gas (MIG) welder
  • TIG (tungsten inert gas) welder
  • acetylene welder
  • aircraft welder
  • arc welder
  • flash butt process operator
  • boiler welder
  • dielectric welder
  • drilling platform welder
  • fabrication welder
  • gas and arc welder
  • general welder
  • hand arc welder
  • industrial welder
  • laser beam welder
  • metal welder
  • oxyacetylene torch welder
  • oxyhydrogen welder
  • pipeline welder
  • radio-frequency welder
  • thermite welder


Challenging a Trade for Welders migrating to Canada


The process of Challenging a Trade for Canada is known as ‘Skills Assessment’. It is the process of getting your Welding skills, experience, and qualifications verified. It serves three purposes:


  • A positive skills assessment enables you to claim the requisite points; for the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.


  • A positive skills assessment also doubles as your Red Seal qualification: having your welding skills assessed means you will be qualified to work as a welder in Canada from day one.


  • Successfully Challenging a Trade means you are awarded the equivalent Canadian Qualifications. This makes finding a job easier.


Canada Visas for Welders


Federal Skilled Trades Program


Qualified welders are eligible to Immigrate to Canada via the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).


The FSTP is a Permanent Residence Visa administered by the Express Entry system.


Express Entry is a points-based system that evaluates applicants based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.


Provincial Nominee Programs


Each Canadian province has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows provinces to nominate welders who meet their specific labor market needs. Some PNPs have streams that are specifically designed for skilled workers in trades, such as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s Skilled Trades and Saskatchewan Experience streams.


To apply through a PNP, you must first be nominated by a province and then apply for permanent residence through the federal government.


Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program


This program is designed to address labor market shortages for Welders (and other skilled trades) in the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. It is open to skilled workers in a variety of occupations, including welders. To apply through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you must have a job offer from a designated employer in one of the participating provinces.

What are the eligibility requirements for immigrating to Canada as an Welder?

Eligibility requirements include having at least 2 years relevant experience as a Welder and a good level of English. A job offer is not required though still helps an application.


Those without a formal job offer can still immigrate to Canada by Challenging the Trade and converting their foreign qualifications to the Canadian equivalent.

What is the age limit to Immigrate to Canada as an Welder?

There is no age limit to Immigrate to Canada as an Welder, although the older applicants are, the less CRS points they will get under the age factor.


In this case, applicants will need to score higher in the other areas to boost their CRS score. These extra CRS points are awarded for either a Formal Job Offer or Converting International Trade qualifications to the Canadian equivalent via a Trade Challenge Skills Assessment.

Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Welders in Canada?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is a popular choice for Welders who want to immigrate to Canada independently without the need for sponsorship by an Canadian employer.


Qualified Welder applicants applying to Immigrate to Canada are not required to have a formal job offer because Welder is on the Express Entry Flagship Application Management System.


The Provincial Nomination Program is another attractive option for Welders seeking to immigrate to Canada. This visa requires a Welder to be nominated by a Canadian province.

What is the NOC Code for Welders Immigrating to Canada?

NOC 72106

How do I Challenge a Trade?

To challenge a trade means to assess your skills, knowledge, and experience against the standards set by various Canadian Provinces.


The assessments team reviews applications, verifies employer references, and administers exams to applicants who qualify to challenge a trade certification or level exam.


All challenge applications for Welders are reviewed, and approved applications will be scheduled to write the certification exam at an approved location in Canada.

Can I apply for permanent residency as an Welder in Canada?

Yes, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and Provincial Nomination grants Permanent Residency to holders right from the start. The PR rights and privileges awarded to you also apply to your spouse / partner and any dependents.

What are the processing times for skilled migration visas for Welders?

Expect the whole process to take between 12 and 14 months from absolute start of the visa process to the absolute end.

Can I include my family members in my immigration application as an Welder?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as a Welder in Canada?

The best places to search for Welding jobs in Canada include major cities like Vancouver and Toronto. These cities have a great construction and lots of opportunities.


Suburban and rural areas are also excellent options for Welders migrating to Canada because they have a lower cost of living and a better work life balance. Smaller communities may have a demand for skilled Welders.

How many hours do Welders work in Canada?

Welders work an average forty hours per week, with possible overtime.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Welding jobs in Canada?

Yes, you can use job search websites like Job Bank Canada (https://www.jobbank.gc.ca) and Indeed Canada (https://ca.indeed.com)


These platforms list Welding positions across Canada.


Additionally, as a Migration Consultant LLC client you have access to our dedicated Skilled Trades recruitment service for new migrants to Canada.

Whats it like working as a Welder in Canada?

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Welding code 72106 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the Country.


As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity.


Welding jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance.


Additionally Welders in Canada are highly unionized which has been instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the County.

Is Welding a Good Career in Canada?

Yes. Welders are among the highest-paid skilled workers in Canada. The average salary of a MIG / TIG $73,876 is per year in 2024.


The quality of life in Canada is one of the best in the World. The country has a happy and productive population and the schools in Canada provide the best value and quality.

Further Resources

Got questions or need some friendly advice? Take a Free Online Visa Assessment to check your eligibility and ask any questions.


Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB): https://www.cwbgroup.org/


Canadian Welding Association (CWA): https://www.cwa-fca.com/


United Association (UA): https://www.ua.org/