Immigrate to Canada as an Occupational Therapist

Can I immigrate to Canada as an Occupational Therapist?

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

Migrate to Canada as an Occupational Therapist 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as an Occupational Therapist is 3143. This is also known as the NOC Code for Occupational Therapy Specialist.

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 Occupational Therapist you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Occupational Therapists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Occupational Therapists 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 Occupational Therapists on the NOC is 3143

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

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Occupational Therapists 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.

Occupational Therapists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 3143, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • case manager occupational therapist
  • clinical occupational therapist
  • clinical occupational therapy specialist
  • community occupational therapist
  • community practice occupational therapist
  • home care occupational therapist
  • occupational therapist (OT)
  • occupational therapist vocational evaluator
  • occupational therapy rehabilitation consultant
  • research and development occupational therapist
  • research occupational therapist
  • vocational evaluator occupational therapist
  •  

All these roles held by an Occupational Therapist are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 3143.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as an Occupational Therapist.

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

Main duties

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Main duties

Occupational therapists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Analyse clients’ capabilities and expectations related to life activities through observation, interviews and formal assessments
  • Develop intervention programs to address clients’ needs related to self-care, work and leisure activities
  • Maintain clients’ records
  • Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Consult and advise on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize independent function in all activities of life
  • May supervise support personnel and students and provide training.
  • Occupational therapists may specialize in working with specific populations such as children or adults, or persons with distinct problems such as dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, or provide special interventions such as return-to-work programs.

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 Health Industry Workers desk that only represents Health 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 Occupational Therapist 

Employment requirements

  • A university degree in occupational therapy including supervised fieldwork is required.
  • Completion of a national or provincial certification examination is required.
  • Licensure with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
  • Membership in the national association, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, is required in some provinces.
  • Occupational therapists may obtain expertise in a particular area through additional training or experience.

How to Immigrate to Canada as an Occupational Therapist 

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 for Occupational Therapists 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 Occupational Therapist 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 Occupational Therapist 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 Occupational Therapist 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.

 Occupational Therapist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Occupational Therapist code 3143 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. Occupational Therapist 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 Occupational Therapists is the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Emigrate Canada are the Health Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Health 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 an Occupational Therapist 

 Occupational Therapist : Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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