Since the introduction of the new Express Entry program where candidates are ranked against each other based on certain criteria under the Comprehensive Ranking System in which having a job offer is very important, there is one question in the minds of many aspiring immigrants – is it possible to migrate to Canada without a job offer?
A job offer is a valid employment offer given by a Canadian employer to a job applicant. There are two major kinds of job offers: 1) The Temporary Job Offer is for jobs that need your skill for a shorter period and you can work for that period with your Temporary Work Permit. 2) A Permanent Job Offer is valid for an indefinite period under which you can work once you get your Canadian Immigration Visa.
There are various ways in which one can migrate to Canada without a job offer. One such option is the Federal Skilled Worker category. Under this category you are assessed based on your education, work experience, and language skills. You should also have a minimum of one year full time work experience within a ten year period.
Skilled Worker Category Qualifying Occupation
The National Occupational Classification (NOC) has listed 50 occupations that qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker category. This list was updated after April 2014 to include new ministerial suggestions. Each qualifying occupation has a maximum of 1000 applications that would be accepted under it.
1) Senior managers – from financial and other business services
2) Senior managers – from trade and broadcasting services
3) Financial managers
4) Human resources managers
5) Purchasing managers
6) Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
7) Managers in health care
8) Construction managers
9) Home building and renovation managers
10) Managers in natural resources production and fishing
11) Manufacturing managers
12) Financial auditors and accountants
13) Financial and investment analysts
14) Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
15) Other financial officers
16) Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
17) Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
18) Property administrators
19) Geoscientists and oceanographers
20) Civil engineers
21) Mechanical engineers
22) Electrical and electronics engineers
23) Petroleum engineers
24) Information systems analysts and consultants
25) Database analysts and data administrators
26) Software engineers and designers
27) Computer programmers and interactive media developers
28) Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
29) Construction estimators
30) Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
31) Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
32) Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
33) Computer network technicians
34) Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
35) Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
36) Specialist physicians
37) General practitioners and family physicians
38) Dietitians and nutritionists
39) Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
41) Occupational therapists
42) Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
43) Medical radiation technologists
44) Medical sonographers
45) Licensed practical nurses
46) Paramedical occupations
47) University professors and lecturers
49) Early childhood educators and assistants
50) Translators, terminologists and interpreters
One can also migrate to Canada without a job offer under the investor category. In this category you need to prove your net worth and your experience in business.
The Canadian Experience Class category is also another way in which you could migrate without a job offer.
The Provincial Nominee Program
The Provincial Nominee Program is probably the most popular of the categories under which there are some categories that does not require a job offer. In Canada, each province has their own immigration program tailor-made to meet the economics needs of that province.
The Quebec Skilled worker category also does not need a Canadian job offer. But those who apply under this program should reveal their intention of residing within the province of Quebec. Quebec has its own unique set of criteria for aspiring immigrants. Successful candidates are first issued a Quebec Selection Certificate and then the Canadian Permanent Resident visa.