Immigrate to Canada as an Optometrist

Can I immigrate to Canada as an Optometrist?

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

Migrate to Canada as an Optometrist 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as an Optometrist is 3121. This is also known as the NOC Code for doctor of optometry.

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

For starters, Optometrists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Optometrists 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 Optometrists on the NOC is 3121

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

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Optometrists 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.

Optometrists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 3121, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • doctor of optometry (OD)
  • optometrist
  •  

All these roles held by an Optometrist are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 3121.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as an Optometrist.

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

Main duties

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Main duties

Optometrists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine patients’ eyes, conduct tests and use ophthalmoscopes, biomicroscopes and other specialized instruments to determine ocular health and visual efficiency
  • Prescribe and provide treatment (excluding surgery) to maintain, improve and correct vision and manage other ocular diseases and disorders
  • Prescribe, dispense and fit eyeglasses, contact lenses and other visual aids
  • Educate, counsel and advise patients on contact lens use and care, ocular hygiene, surgical and non-surgical options, and preventive care and maintenance related to occupation and lifestyle
  • Refer patients to ophthalmologists or other physicians and surgeons for treatment of ocular diseases or conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and systemic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • May prescribe from a limited list of medications.
  • Optometrists may specialize in fitting visual aids for people who are partially blind, fitting contact lenses or correcting special vision problems.

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 Optometrist 

Employment requirements

  • Three years of university undergraduate studies in sciences and a four- to five-year university program in optometry are required.
  • Licensing by the provincial or territorial regulatory governing body is required.

How to Immigrate to Canada as an Optometrist 

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 Optometrists 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 Optometrist 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 Optometrist 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 Optometrist 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.

 Optometrist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Optometrist  code 3121 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. Optometrist 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 Optometrists is the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

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 Optometrist 

 Optometrist : Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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Immigrate to Canada as an Optometrist