Canadian Semi-Skilled Workers can apply for Permanent Residency

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Presently residing in Canada are more than 300,000 temporary international workers. They execute critical jobs in a wide-range of skill levels and professions. Canada’s economic prosperity is largely dependent on people who are operating in the ‘semi-skilled’ professions. These employees work in a range of primary sectors, like hospitality, trucking, manufacturing and construction.

Permanent Residence in Canada

 According to CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), a secondary-school level of education and/or on the job training are a must for semi-skilled work. However, it does not particularly necessitate post-secondary education. In Canada’s NOC (National Occupation Classification), semi-skilled occupations are classified as level ‘C’. NOC organizes jobs in Canada according to their industry and the level of necessary skill to perform them. In addition to these, there are skilled jobs which fall under NOC levels A and B and managerial jobs with NOC level 0. Mentioned below semi-skilled jobs are categorized as unskilled jobs that fall under the NOC level D.

Most of the economically-driven immigration programs of Canada ask for experienced workers. However, semi-skilled workers who are already living in Canada may have various immigration options available to them if they wish to apply for a PR (Permanent Residency).

Here are the various programs that offer PR options to Semi-skilled (and sometimes unskilled) workers:

Options for Semi-Skilled Workers

All the economic immigration programs with semi-skilled worker streams come under the PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs). The PNPs are designed to suit the labor needs of individual provinces of Canada due to which, no two PNPs are exactly the same. Interested applicants need to research the requirements and regulations of a program before applying.

The various PNPs available are:

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NWTNP)

Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)

Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (Opportunities Ontario)

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (Opportunities PEI)

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

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