Estheticians can now apply for permanent residence in Canada under Express Entry and put their facial and body beauty treatment skills to the service of Canadian employers.
The change to the FSW which made that possible came on Nov. 16 last year, when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) added 16 new jobs to its list of eligible occupations under that worker immigration program.
That increased the number of eligible occupations under the FSW on the same day the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 came into effect at the IRCC to 359.
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The 16 new occupations are all deemed to be jobs for which the worker must get a college diploma, an apprenticeship training of fewer than two years, or more than six months of on-the-job training.
The full list of newly-added jobs on the list of eligible occupations under the FSW includes:
- NOC 13102 Payroll administrators
- NOC 33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
- NOC 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
- NOC 33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
- NOC 43100 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
- NOC 43200 Sheriffs and bailiffs
- NOC 43201 Correctional service officers
- NOC 43202 By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers
- NOC 63211 Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
- NOC 73200 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
- NOC 73202 Pest controllers and fumigators
- NOC 73209 Other repairers and servicers
- NOC 73300 Transport truck drivers
- NOC 73301 Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
- NOC 73400 Heavy equipment operators
- NOC 93200 Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
Estheticians, who typically work in beauty salons and in the cosmetic departments of pharmacies and department stores, are categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system under code 63211.
Theirs is a growing industry sector in Canada.
Market and consumer data website Statistica reports the beauty and personal care sector in Canada are expected to be a $10.95-billion industry this year and grow annually by 1.98 per cent.
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That means estheticians are likely going to continue to be in hot demand by Canadian employers.
Ottawa’s Jobbank job-hunting website had 491 job postings for estheticians in Canada in mid-January with 137 of those positions being in British Columbia, 119 jobs in each of Alberta and Ontario, 58 in Quebec and 24 in Saskatchewan.
The Indeed job-hunting website had 94 help-wanted postings for estheticians in mid-January, typically a slow time of the year for that segment of the beauty industry.
Foreign Nationals With In Demand Skills Can Immigrate To Canada
Economic immigration through Express Entry offers both a way for foreign nationals to get their permanent residence here and for beauty salon owners and other employers to recruit qualified foreign nationals as estheticians in Canada.
Foreign nationals hoping to apply for permanent residence through the FSW must have one year of paid work experience within the last decade in jobs categorized as TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the NOC 2021 system.
Applicants under this program must also take a language test to prove they possess sufficient language skills to successfully establish themselves in Canada. Language tests evaluate an applicant’s abilities with regard to the following:
In order to be eligible for the FSW, an applicant needs to obtain at least the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 in all categories and show that he or she has enough money to support him or herself and any relatives upon arrival in Canada.