Immigrate to Canada as an Actor

How to Immigrate to Canada as an Actor

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

Can I immigrate to Canada as an Actor?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as an Actor you’re in luck! Actors 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 an Actor and have been working as an Actor you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.

Migrate to Canada as an Actor

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as an Actor is 5135. This is also known as the NOC Code for an Actor.

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 an Actor you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Actors are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Actors 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 Actors on the NOC is 5135

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

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Actors 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.

Actors looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5135, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • acting teacher – private or studio
  • actor/actress
  • comedian
  • comic
  • diction coach
  • draman Actor
  • drama coach
  • drama teacher – private or studio
  • dramatic arts teacher – private or studio
  • dramatic reader
  • film dubber
  • humorist – performing arts
  • improviser
  • mime
  • movie actor
  • narrator
  • performing arts extra
  • reader – performing arts
  • standardized patient
  • stand-up comedian
  • story teller
  • straight man
  • voice coach
  • voice-over actor

All these roles held by an Actor are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5135.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as an Actor.

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

Main duties

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Main duties

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

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Actors and comedians

  • Study and rehearse lines, gestures and expressions to interpret a role
  • Portray roles in video or motion picture productions, television shows, theatre productions, radio dramas, commercials and other productions or perform the narration
  • Sing or dance as required by specific roles
  • Perform comedy acts in nightclubs alone or as members of comedy troupes
  • Improvise a role.

Acting teachers

  • Train students in interpretation of scripts, speech, movement, and dramatic theory
  • Prepare acting students for specific auditions and performances.

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 Acting Industry Workers desk that only represents Acting 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 an Actor

  • Demonstrated ability, based on an audition or previous acting roles, is an important hiring criteria.
  • Acting programs are offered at universities, colleges and private acting schools.
  • Acting teachers usually require experience as actors.
  • Membership in a guild or union may be required.

We represent Actors 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 an Actor

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)

Age

Qualifications

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 an Actor 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 an Actor 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 an Actor 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.

Actor Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Actor code 5135 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. Actor 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 Actors is ACTRA.

Emigrate Canada are the Acting Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Acting 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.

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Actor: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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