Immigrate to Canada as a Psychologist

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Psychologist?

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

Migrate to Canada as a Psychologist

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Psychologist is 4151. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Psychologist.

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

For starters, Psychologists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Psychologists 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 Psychologists on the NOC is 4151

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

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Psychologists 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.

Psychologists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 4151, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • behavioural modification psychologist
  • behavioural psychologist
  • behavioural Psychologist
  • behaviourist
  • biopsychologist
  • chartered psychologist
  • child psychologist
  • clinical psychologist
  • cognitive psychologist
  • community psychologist
  • counselling psychologist
  • developmental psychologist
  • educational psychologist
  • experimental psychologist
  • forensic psychologist
  • human development psychologist
  • industrial psychologist
  • intern psychologist
  • neuropsychologist
  • organizational psychologist
  • physiological psychologist
  • psychological associate
  • psychologist
  • psychologist – counselling
  • psychoPsychologist
  • registered psychologist
  • research psychologist
  • school psychologist
  • social psychologist
  • sports psychologist
  • vocational psychologist

All these roles held by a Psychologist are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 4151.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Psychologist.

In general Psychologists 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:

Psychologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine and assess behaviour, diagnose behavioural, emotional and cognitive disorders, counsel clients and provide therapy
  • Help clients manage physical illness and disorders
  • Counsel individuals and groups to achieve more effective personal, social and vocational development and adjustment, and offer mediation services
  • Use standard psychological tests for assessment
  • Plan intervention programs and conduct program evaluation
  • Apply psychological theory and principles regarding behaviour and mental processes such as learning, language development, memory and perception to develop treatment programs
  • Formulate hypotheses and experimental designs, review literature, conduct studies and publish research papers, educational texts and articles
  • Deliver presentations at conferences, workshops or symposia
  • Provide consultation services to government and other organizations.
  • Psychologists may specialize in applied psychology or experimental research. Sub-specialties include behavioural psychology, child psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, industrial psychology, neuropsychology, social psychology or sports psychology.

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 Therapy Industry Workers desk that only represents Therapy 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 Psychologist

  • A doctoral degree in psychology is required in order to use the designation “Psychologist” in Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • A master’s degree in psychology is required for the designation “Psychologist” in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • A master’s degree in psychology is required in order to use the designation “Psychological Associate” in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • A period of supervised practical experience is required in most jurisdictions.
  • Successful completion of the written Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is required in most provinces.
  • Oral examinations and board interviews are required in some provinces.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Membership in the provincial professional association for psychologists is mandatory in all provinces, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Psychologists can become specialized in a particular area through training and experience.

We represent Psychologists 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 Psychologist

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 Psychologist 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 Psychologist 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 Psychologist 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.

Psychologist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Psychologist code 4151 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. Psychologist 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 Psychologists is the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

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

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