A Sea of Migration Opportunities for Seafarers

If you have been working for at least a year as a Seafarer, Canada wants you as an immigrant. You can be in Canada with your family - in a year or less. And you can bring a spouse, or a common law partner, even a partner of the same sex.

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A Sea of Migration Opportunities for Seafarers
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on January 23, 2013

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


  • apprentice industrial electrician
  • apprentice marine electrician
  • diesel electrician – railway
  • electric signal repairer – railway
  • electrical repairer, crane maintenance
  • electrical repairer, industrial
  • electrical repairer, machine shop
  • electrician – rail transport
  • electrician, industrial
  • electrician, plant maintenance
  • electrician, shipyard
  • industrial electrician
  • industrial electrician apprentice
  • industrial electrician lead hand
  • journeyman/woman industrial electrician
  • maintenance electrician – industrial
  • marine electrician
  • marine equipment electrician
  • marine wireman/woman
  • mill electrician
  • mine electrician
  • plant electrician
  • plant maintenance electrician
  • railway signal installer
  • railway signal maintainer
  • rig electrician
  • ship's electrician
  • ship's electrician – shipbuilding and repair
  • ship's electrician – water transport
  • shipyard electrician
  • signal maintainer, railway


  • boiler fitter
  • boiler installer
  • boiler repairer
  • boiler repairman/woman
  • boiler shop mechanic
  • boilermaker
  • boilermaker apprentice
  • boilermaker, erection and repair
  • boilermaker, maintenance
  • boilermaker-welder
  • construction boilermaker
  • industrial boilermaker
  • industrial construction boilermaker
  • industrial heat exchanger boilermaker
  • journeyman/woman boilermaker
  • maintenance boilermaker
  • marine boilermaker
  • pressure vessel boilermaker
  • pressure vessel fabricator




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.


  • apprentice fitter, sprinkler systems
  • apprentice pipefitter
  • apprentice pipefitter-steamfitter
  • apprentice sprinkler system fitter
  • apprentice steamfitter
  • fire prevention and automatic suppression systems installer
  • fire protection mechanic
  • fire protection piping installer
  • fire sprinkler fitter
  • fitter, sprinkler system
  • installer, fire prevention and automatic suppression systems
  • installer, fire protection piping system
  • installer, sprinkler systems
  • installer, sprinklers and fire protection systems
  • journeyman/woman pipefitter
  • journeyman/woman sprinkler system installer
  • journeyman/woman steamfitter-pipefitter
  • maintenance pipefitter
  • marine pipefitter
  • marine steamfitter
  • pipe installer, radiator
  • pipefitter
  • pipefitter – shipbuilding
  • pipefitter, railway cars and locomotives
  • pipefitter, turbines
  • pipefitter, welding
  • pipefitter-steamfitter
  • railway car and locomotive pipefitter
  • ship pipefitter
  • ship steamfitter
  • sprinkler and fire protection installer
  • sprinkler fitter
  • sprinkler system fitter
  • sprinkler system installer
  • sprinkler system installer (non-construction)
  • sprinkler system installer apprentice
  • steam heating installer
  • steam main servicer
  • steam pipefitter
  • steamfitter
  • steamfitter – shipbuilding
  • steamfitter, ships
  • steamfitter/pipefitter (non-construction)
  • steamfitter-pipefitter
  • turbine pipefitter



731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)


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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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