Immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer

This article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer with or without a Job offer. There are thousands of Fashion Designers just like you emigrating to Canada next year. Find out how to join them. With the right Fashion Design skills, Canada Wants You!

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer you’re in luck! Fashion Designers 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.  If you are a Fashion Designer and have been working as a Fashion Designer you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.

Migrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer is 5243. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Fashion Designer.

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 Fashion Designer you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

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

The code for Fashion Designers on the NOC is 5243

This is great news for Fashion Designers 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 Fashion Designer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.


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

Fashion Designers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5243, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • assistant costume designer
  • clothing designer
  • costume designer
  • costume designer – exhibits and theatre
  • couturier – haute couture
  • crest designer
  • designer – theatre
  • display design supervisor
  • display designer
  • display designer – museums and art galleries
  • display designers supervisor
  • embroidery designer
  • exhibit and display designer
  • exhibit designer
  • exhibit designer – museums and art galleries
  • exhibit designers supervisor
  • exhibition designer – museums and art galleries
  • fabric designer
  • facilities designer
  • fashion co-ordinator
  • fashion designer
  • fashion goods co-ordinator
  • fashion goods exhibit co-ordinator
  • fashion stylist
  • fashion wear designer
  • fishing lure designer
  • food stylist
  • fur designer
  • garment designer
  • glove designer
  • handbag designer
  • hat designer
  • heraldist
  • jacket designer
  • jewellery designer
  • lighting designer
  • lighting designer – exhibits
  • luggage designer
  • luggage stylist
  • memorial designer
  • museum designer
  • museum exhibit designer
  • novelties stylist
  • pottery designer
  • rug designer
  • scene designer
  • scene designer assistant
  • set decorator – theatre and motion pictures
  • set designer – theatre
  • shoe designer
  • show and demonstration designer
  • sound designer
  • stage scenery designer
  • store display designer
  • swimming pool designer
  • textile designer
  • theatre designer
  • tile designer
  • toy designer – arts and crafts
  • trophy designer
  • visual display stylist
  • visual merchandiser
  • window display designer
  • women’s fashion designer

All these roles held by a Fashion Designer are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5243.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer.

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

Main duties


Main duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

Theatre designers

  • Design and create settings, scenic environments, properties, costumes and lighting for theatre, film and video productions, operas and ballets.

Fashion designers

  • Design and create clothing and accessories for men, women and children.

Exhibit designers

  • Plan and develop permanent and temporary or moveable exhibits and displays for museum exhibitions, trade shows, conventions, retail spaces and other exhibitions.
  • Theatre designers may specialize in costume, lighting or set design; fashion designers may specialize in men’s, women’s or children’s apparel or in different lines such as sportswear, footwear or formal wear.

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 Fashion Industry Workers desk that only represents Fashion Industry Workers to 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 Fashion Designer

  • A university degree in fine arts or visual arts with specialization in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design or completion of a college or art school program in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design is required.
  • Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required.
  • Use of computer-aided design (CAD) software may be required.

We represent Fashion Designers 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 Fashion Designer

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 fFashion Designers 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 Fashion Designer 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 worker 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.

Before you lodge your express entry we will help you through the process of having your qualifications and certificates verified as required by immigration.

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer 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 Worker Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Fashion Designer 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 200 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

Fashion Designer Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Fashion Designer code 5243 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunity right across the country.

As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada you may work full time from day one. Fashion Designer Jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work life balance. The industry body for Fashion Designers is the Canadian Apparel Federation.

Emigrate Canada are the Fashion Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Fashion Industry Workers desk.

Emigrate Canada are ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.

Title: Immigrate to Canada as a Fashion Designer

Fashion Designer: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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