Long Haul Truck Driver Immigration

Long Haul Truck Driver Immigration



Long Haul Truck Driver is a very high-demand occupation in Canada. The long-haul truck trade is incredibly frequent due to the well-developed highway systems of the United States and Canada. Also, Long Haul Truck transportation is low cost and efficient. As a result, Canada and the U.S. face a massive shortage of truck drivers, which is a shortfall of more than 50,000 jobs over the next five years. Truck drivers belong to the C category, NOC 7511, which is an In-Demand job in many Canadian provinces. Applicants can submit federal immigration applications after obtaining provincial nominations, with a very high success rate.

The Truck Driver Program can process immigration in the following provinces:

  • British Columbia BCPNP provincial nomination: The Skills Immigration (SI) – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category (NOC 7511 Truck Driver Occupation)
  • Ontario Employer Sponsored Program OINP: In-Demand Skills Stream (NOC 7511 Truck Driver Occupation)
  • NS Province (Nova Scotia) NSNP Occupation in Need Occupation Category Project Occupations in Demand Stream (NOC 7511 truck driver occupation)
  • Saskatchewan SINP Provincial Nominee: Long-Haul Truck Drivers Project
  • Alberta Provincial Nomination: Alberta Opportunity and Alberta EE
  • Prince Edward Island PEI PNP Provincial Nomination: Critical Workers (NOC 7511 Truck Driver Occupation)

Long Haul Truck Driver application requirements

  1. You need to hold a car driver’s license in China or other countries for more than 24 months. If the driving experience is limited, additional study time is required.
  2. No major driving accident.
  3. No criminal record.
  4. Age over 18 years old.
  5. English language requirements CLB 4 (G-level IELTS listening 4.5 speaking 4.5 reading 3.5 writing 4).
  6. High school or equivalent high school education (secondary technical school, vocational high school is sufficient)
  7. To obtain a Canadian truck driver’s license, the applicant is required to be in good health and must not have the following symptoms or diseases:
    • epilepsy;
    • certain heart disease;
    • Insulin-dependent diabetes;
    • Physical disability, such as paralysis, amputation, severe arthritis, etc.;
    • intermittent fainting;
    • History of head trauma;
    • Vision and hearing loss (excluding myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, etc., which can be corrected by wearing glasses)

Immigrantion Application Requirements

Before submitting a provincial nomination application, BC requires applicants to have 2 years of work experience in BC as a full-time long-haul truck driver and have worked for at least 9 months. Salaries must also meet minimum wage standards.

Ontario requires applicants to hold a legal work permit to work for at least 9 months, and the work permit requires LMIA (including spouse work permit, graduate work permit); the only difference between NS province and Ontario is: it is required before applying. At least 1 year working experience as a truck driver within 5 years; Saskatchewan requires applicants to work for a long-distance freight company certified by the Saskatchewan government for at least 6 months, and the work permit must be supported by LMIA (excluding spouse work permit and graduate work permit);

Obtaining a Class 1 driver’s license in BC; or a Class AZ driver’s license in Ontario; or a Class 1 driver’s license in NS; or a Class 1A driver’s license in Saskatchewan;

Language proficiency at least CLB4 (IELTS G category listening 4.5, reading 3.5, other 2 items 4.0);

BC province requires an official employment letter from the company, and NS province employers need to obtain an employer registration certificate in NS province; Saskatchewan employers need to obtain an employer job approval letter (JAL) issued by the Saskatchewan Immigration Service; Ontario does not have the above requirements

How to submit

Please refer to:

BC Provincial Nominee Program

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Immigration

Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Immigration


Q:What are the advantages of truck driver immigration?

A:Long-haul truck driver immigration has many advantages. Its application requirements are simple: no EOI score is required, the language requirements are the lowest among all Canadian immigration programs, there are no restrictions on residence, and you can settle in any province and city in Canada, with a low level of risk. It is east to apply for family immigration. And, since truck drivers are in short supply, there is no need to worry about finding a job.

Q:Do I need to be good in English to get a driver’s license in Canada?

A:It won’t be too difficult. Taking the BC driver’s license as an example, the written test for obtaining a BC driver’s license will provide a Chinese test paper. This is very friendly for applicants with poor English. However, obtaining a driver’s license is a test-taking ability, which is different from the language requirements of actual work. As a responsible truck driver, you definitely need the ability of communication in English.

Q:The applicant has no long-haul driving experience. After obtaining the truck driver’s license, will it be difficult to find a job and a sponsor?

A:Many organizations in Canadian provinces are actually more willing to recruit students who have just graduated from driving schools, because these students do not have high salary requirements, and new drivers do not have any bad habits, and they are more able to work in accordance with the requirements of employers.

Q:Is truck driver immigration a shortcut in immigration programs?

A:No, being a long-haul truck driver is not that easy. Drivers need to endure the loneliness and dullness of driving a truck for a very long time. Also, drivers need to have strong sense of responsibility, not only for themselves, but also for others and the cargos. Trucks are different from regular cars, they are large, hard to start and not easy to stop. Therefore, long-haul truck driver is not an easy-going occupation, so the applicants are advised to consider the job carefully.


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11 Months
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50 Months
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5 Months
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38 Months
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10 Months
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24 Months
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