Immigrate to Canada as a Cook

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Cook?

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Cook?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Cook you’re in luck! Cooks are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.

No doubt you will have read online that having a job offer to move to Canada is a prerequisite to accessing the Express Entry process but as a cook, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Cooks are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Cooks in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).

The code for Cooks on the NOC is 6322

This is great news for qualified Cooks the world over hoping to live and work in Canada.

Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class at all, it is simply the method (or database) that Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency visa and in that case, as a cook looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

Cooks from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Cook Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.

Cooks looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 6322, might be employed under work titles including:

apprentice cook

assistant cook

banquet cook

breakfast cook

broiler cook

cafeteria cook

camp cook

caterer cook

construction camp cook


diet kitchen cook

dietary cook

domestic cook

ethnic food cook

first cook

fishing and merchant vessel cook

grill cook

hospital cook

institutional cook

journeyman/woman cook

kosher foods cook

licensed cook

line cook

logging camp cook

mess cook

pastry cook

pizza cook

railway cook

restaurant cook

second cook

ship’s cook

short order cook

small establishment cook

special diet cook

special order cook – hospital

therapeutic diet cook

third cook

All these roles held by cooks are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 6322

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Cook

In general, cooks moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:

Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods

Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by dietitian or chef

Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers

Oversee kitchen operations

Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment

May set up and oversee buffets

May clean kitchen and work area

May plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies

May hire and train kitchen staff.

Cooks may specialize in preparing and cooking ethnic cuisine or special dishes.

Whilst the above is meant as a general guide do take our free online visa assessment for further information and be sure to list out your skills and qualifications in detail.

Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Cooks Canada desk that only represents qualified cooks immigrate to Canada. They understand your profession and can talk your language when it comes to explaining your immigration pathway and the route to securing a Canada Visa for you (and your family).

Qualifications Required to Immigrate to Canada as a Cook

In the UK, for example, we’ll be looking for NVQ Level III

From South Africa, you will be expected to hold your Red Seal

We’re happy to represent Cook clients from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Cook

The first stage in your Canadian immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points for Express Entry using the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System.

CRS Points are awarded for (amongst other things)



English ability

French ability

Your partner’s skills

Work experience

As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67

Take our free online visa assessment for an up to date report on whether you have enough points to immigrate to Canada as a cook from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.

Once you receive an ITA (Invitation to apply) from Canadian Immigration as a result of your Express Entry application you’ll only have 60 days in which to lodge a formal application so under no circumstances should you lodge an Express Entry application ‘claiming’ to have certain points without first having all of your points verified through different testing, education equivalence certificates and skilled trades assessments.

Once you are invited to apply for your Canada Visa you cannot go back and have these things verified retrospectively, they must be done before you claim any points for them and given that your express entry profile is only valid for one year it makes sense to present the best possible case right from the start.

Skills Assessment to Immigrate to Canada as a Cook

The process of getting your cooking skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.

Canada Cook Skills Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.

Canada Cook Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your cooking skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a cook in Canada from day one

How to get registered to immigrate as a cook to Canada

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Cooks Canada account manager will arrange for your Red Seal equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Cook without a job offer?

The answer is a resounding yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Trades Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Cook Canada Express Entry profile.

Of course, securing a job offer (documented in the right way for immigration purposes i.e. LMT) will give you an instant CRS boost of 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

Cook Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the cook’s code 6322 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.

As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Cook jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Cooks in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the County.

Once you get to Canada you might like to join the Canadian Culinary Federation which serves cooks and chefs across Canada.

Emigrate Canada are the Cook Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Skilled Trades desk ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.

Immigrate to Canada as a cook now.  Canada needs you so get started on your journey to Canada.  Take our Free online assessment to get going.

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