Immigrate to Canada as an Architect

Can I immigrate to Canada as an Architect?

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

Migrate to Canada as an Architect 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as an Architect is 2151. This is also known as the NOC Code for Industrial Architects.

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

For starters, Architects are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Architects 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 Architects on the NOC is 2151

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

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Architects 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.

Architects looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2151, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • Architect
  • Architectural standards specialist
  • chief Architect
  • consulting Architect
  • industrial and commercial buildings Architect
  • residential Architect
  • residential building Architect
  •  

All these roles held by an Architect are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 2151.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as an Architect.

In general Architects 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:

Architects perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Consult with clients to determine the type, style and purpose of renovations or new building construction being considered
  • Conceptualize and design buildings and develop plans describing design specifications, building materials, costs and construction schedules
  • Prepare sketches and models for clients
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of drawings, specifications and other construction documents for use by contractors and tradespersons
  • Prepare bidding documents, participate in contract negotiations and award construction contracts
  • Monitor activities on construction sites to ensure compliance with specifications
  • Conduct feasibility studies and financial analyses of building projects.
  • Architects may specialize in a particular type of construction such as residential, commercial, industrial or institutional.

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 Design Industry Workers desk that only represents Design 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 Architect 

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of Architecture or completion of the syllabus of studies from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is required.
  • A master’s degree in Architecture may be required.
  • Completion of a three-year internship under the supervision of a registered Architect is required.
  • Completion of the Architect registration examination is required.
  • Registration with a provincial regulatory body is required in all provinces and the Northwest Territories.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.

How to Immigrate to Canada as an Architect 

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 Architectsalso 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 Architect 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 Architect 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 Architect  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.

 Architect Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Architect  code 2151 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. Architect 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 Architects is the Canadian Association of Architects.

Emigrate Canada are the Design Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Design 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 Architect 

 Architect : Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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Immigrate to Canada as an Architect

Immigrate to Canada as an Architect