A Sea of Migration Opportunities for Seafarers

Filipino Seafarers constitute the largest single block of overseas workers : twenty percent (20%) of total remittances of Overseas Filipino Workers. 

 According to the Central Bank statistics on Filipino Cash Remittances, Pinoy Seafarers remitted $4,340.416.00 for 2011, 20% of the $20.1 billion total.

 Not too many are aware that Seafarers may also apply for permanent residency to the five countries with permanent migration programs, especially Canada where the occupational structure covers seafarer personnel – from Captain to Plumbing Crew, From Hotel & Accommodation Manager (in a cruise ship) to the Executive Housekeeper, Chef, or Cooks.

 Check some of the most common occupations – which include those for seafarers – below.

 Under the new Federal Skilled Worker program (FSW), applicants seeking permanent residency in Canada must have at least 1 year experience (5 to 6 years is preferred) in an occupation that is classified in the “O”, “A”, or “B” structure.

 Marine Electricians,  boilermakers, pipefitters, chefs, cooks,  executive housekeepers, welders and other technical / technician occupations are included in Canada’s Occupational Skill Level B and are therefore eligible for permanent resident application.

 If you are – or an immediate family member – has been a Seafarer for at least a year – the first step is to complete the short online assessment form at www.visacenter.org. You will get a free assessment as to the appropriate migration/visa option for you and your family.

 Weather warning: Canada’s new residency program will start accepting applications on May 4, 2013. There had been a pent-up demand for qualified applicants because the program was suspended in July 2012.  Before the tsunami of applications come, it is better to have the documents ready to file by May 2013.

 724 Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers






Unit Group 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

Steamfitters and pipefitters lay out, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems. Sprinkler system installers fabricate, install, test, maintain and repair water, foam, carbon dioxide and dry chemical sprinkler systems in buildings for fire protection purposes. Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers are employed in maintenance departments of factories, plants and similar establishments, and by pipefitting and sprinkler system contractors, or they may be self-employed.




731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)


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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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