Immigrate to Canada as a Photographer

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Photographer?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Photographer you’re in luck! Photographers 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 Photographer and have been working as a Photographer you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.

Migrate to Canada as a Photographer

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Photographer is 5221. This is also known as the NOC Code for a News Photographer.

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

For starters, Photographers are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Photographers 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 Photographers on the NOC is 5221

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

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Photographers 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.

Photographers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5221, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • aerial photographer
  • chief photographer
  • commercial photographer
  • evidence photographer – forensic
  • fashion photographer
  • finish photographer
  • forensic photographer
  • industrial photographer
  • medical photographer
  • multimedia photographer
  • multimedia picture illustrator
  • news photographer
  • photographer
  • photography supervisor
  • photojournalist
  • photomicrographer
  • police photographer
  • portrait photographer
  • racetrack finish photographer
  • retoucher – photography
  • scientific photographer
  • still photographer
  • street photographer
  • wildlife photographer

All these roles held by a Photographer are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5221.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Photographer.

In general Photographers 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:

Photographers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Study requirements of a particular assignment and decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used
  • Determine picture composition, make technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject
  • May operate scanners to transfer photographic images to computers
  • May operate computers to manipulate photographic images
  • May adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia/new media products
  • May use delicate instruments, such as optical microscopes attached to cameras
  • May process exposed film
  • May use airbrush, computer or other techniques to retouch negatives
  • Medical photographers may work closely with medical illustrators.
  • Photographers may specialize in areas such as portrait photography, commercial photography, scientific photography, forensic photography, medical photography, digitized photography, multimedia photography or photojournalism.

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 Photography Industry Workers desk that only represents Photography 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 Photographer

  • A bachelor’s degree in visual arts with specialization in photography or completion of specialized training in photography in high school, college or specialized training schools or extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of a photographer is required.
  • Experience in, or knowledge of computerized photography or digital imaging may be required.
  • Creative and technical ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, are required.

We represent Photographers 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 Photographer

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 a Photographer 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 Photographer 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 Photographer 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.

Photographer Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Photographer code 5221 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. Photographer 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 Photographers is the Professional Photographers of Canada.

Emigrate Canada are the Photography Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Photography 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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Photographer: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

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