Immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter
How to Immigrate to Canada as a FirefighterThis article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter with or without a Job offer. There are thousands of Firefighters just like you emigrating to Canada next year. Find out how to join them. With the right Firefighting skills, Canada Wants You!
Can I immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter?
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter you’re in luck! Firefighters 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 Firefighter and have been working as a Firefighter you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.
Migrate to Canada as a Firefighter
Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Firefighter is 4312. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Firefighting Officer.
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 Firefighter you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Firefighters are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Firefighters 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 Firefighters on the NOC is 4312
This is great news for Firefighters 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 Firefighter looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Firefighters 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.
Firefighters looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 4312, might be employed under work titles including:
- airport firefighter
- communication service firefighter
- crash firefighter
- fire captain
- fire department platoon chief
- fire inspector
- fire lieutenant
- fire prevention officer
- fire safety inspection firefighter
- firefighter apprentice
- firefighter lieutenant
- industrial complex firefighter
- industrial firefighter
- shipboard firefighter
- structural firefighter
- training firefighter
All these roles held by a Firefighter are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 4312.
Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter.
In general Firefighters moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
Firefighters perform some or all of the following duties:
- Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents, bomb threats and other emergencies
- Rescue victims from burning buildings and accident sites
- Control and extinguish fires using manual and power equipment, such as axes, water hoses, aerial ladders and hydraulic equipment and various firefighting chemicals
- Administer first aid and other assistance
- Ensure proper operation and maintenance of firefighting equipment
- Prepare written reports on fire incidents
- Inform and educate the public on fire prevention
- Train to maintain high level of physical fitness
- Assist the public, the police and emergency organizations during times of major disasters
- May participate as members of a trauma or emergency response team and provide paramedical aid to accident victims or ill persons
- May supervise and co-ordinate the work of other firefighters
- May conduct building inspections to ensure compliance with fire code.
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 Community Industry Workers desk that only represents community 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 Firefighter
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Completion of a college program in fire protection technology, fire science or a related field and a period of supervised practical training is usually required.
- Firefighting and emergency medical care training courses are provided and vary in length depending on the requirements of different fire departments or services.
- Certification for firefighters is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
- Experience as a volunteer firefighter may be an advantage.
- Physical agility, strength, fitness and vision requirements must be met.
- Several years of experience are required for senior firefighters, such as lieutenants and captains.
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter
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)
Your partner’s skills
As well as providing you with important CRS points these f Firefighters 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 Firefighter 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 Firefighter 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 Firefighter 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.
Firefighter Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Firefighter code 4312 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. Firefighter 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 Firefighters is the Canadian Association of Firefighters.
Emigrate Canada are the Community Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Community 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 Firefighter
Firefighter: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert
Immigrate to Canada as a Firefighter