Immigrate to Canada from Europe
Immigrate to Canada from EuropeThere are many reasons why people want to Immigrate to Canada from Europe, such as creating a better future for their families, a good work-life balance, furthering their studies or maybe just to be in a larger economy more connected to the powerhouse of the United States with the career opportunities that Canada brings.
Many European Citizens immigrate to Canada as the first stage in their eventual immigration to the USA because with a Canadian Passport, new immigrant Canadian Citizens are allowed to choose whether to remain in Canada or to Live and Work in the United States.
Here at Emigrate Canada we’ve assisted many thousands of people move to Canada from Europe, from all walks of life and our clients include families, individuals and European Businesses.
When most people immigrate to Canada from Europe they have deep family or personal reasons for moving. For some, it’s a lifelong dream, for others, it’s about space and quality of life. Canadian Immigration is currently going through a once in a generation opportunity, with the Canadian Government announcing a critical need for up to 1 million highly skilled migrants over the next two years.
After this 1 million migrant quota has been reached the Canadian Immigration program could close entirely for many years. Once Canada is full, Immigration opportunities will cease for European Citizens.
The varied reasons for Immigrating to Canada from Europe include clean living, combined with unparalleled nature wilderness and winter sports opportunities. For some skilled immigrants to Canada moving from Europe its to reunite with family and for others it’s a return to the place they built up great memories as a student or on a IEC working holiday visa.
Others move to Canada from Europe to start a new business or to invest in the country’s many opportunities.
Is it easy to immigrate to Canada from Europe?
The great thing about Canadian Immigration and those looking to immigrate to Canada from Europe is that Canada makes very little distinction between nationalities.
How to immigrate out of Europe to Canada
Most clients thinking of immigrating from Europe to Canada have a more Permanent move in mind, with a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa their aim.
A Canadian Permanent Residency Visa allows European holders (and their immediate families) to:
Live and work in Canada
Enter and leave the Country as they so choose without the need for further visas
Access medical care
Access the Canadian Education system for their Children
Own Property in Canada
Best of all, holders Canadian permanent residency visas migrating to Canada from Europe can convert their Permanent Residency visas to full Canadian Citizenship.
Canada Immigration Permanent Residency for European Citizens can be thought of as ‘tentative Citizenship” because there are very few differences between permanent residency and citizenship in Canada.
The major differences are that a Permanent Resident cannot vote, and that permanent residents may still be deported if they commit a serious crime.
How long does Canada Immigration Permanent Residency last?
Once you and your family have been awarded Permanent Residency you will be able to hold this on an indefinite basis, as long as you accumulate at least 2 years of residency in every 5 years period. This does not need to be consecutive, and is a cumulative figure.
Canada Wants Immigrants from Europe
Canada has launched one of the worlds most ambitious skilled migration programs of the modern era with generous permanent residency programs to match it’s goals of meeting it’s targets of over a million skilled migrants across diverse worker shortage gaps in their labor force.
There are hundreds of occupations in demand in Canada across all skill levels. So many skilled workers, across so many careers, trades and professions, are needed in Canada that you may find yourself, or your immediate family member’s job on the list.
And remember, just one qualifying family member is required to lodge a successful Canadian Immigration application (Permanent Residency Visa) for you and your family.
Take the Free Visa Assessment to find out if you are Eligible
What are the main Categories of Canada Immigration from Europe
There are 6 categories of Canadian Immigration:
Each immigration class targets a different group of migrants and has it’s own set of unique requirements.
Take the Free Visa Assessment to find out which visa category will best suit you to immigrate to Canada from Europe.
Apply to immigrate to Canada from Europe on Skilled Migration
For a European Citizen to move to Canada on Skilled Migration they must first qualify with an eligible occupation and then qualify to enter the Canadian Express Entry Pool of Candidates.
From there a range of options are available to move your application through the process. Depending on your profession, you may be able to obtain confirmed visas by passing a Red Seal Challenge if you are a Trades Person.
You may move ahead if you have a certified Job offer in Canada waiting for you, and you may have other ways open to you to move more quickly through the pool of candidates depending on your career.
It could be possible to Immigrate to Canada from Europe without a job offer.
To find out more, fill in the Free Visa Assessment as each profession has different options available. Emigrate Canada have dedicated occupation specialists standing by to assist you immigrate to Canada from Europe in as little as 8-12 months.
Can I Immigrate to Canada from Europe?
The following checklist will enable you to work out (generally) whether you are able to migrate to Canada from Europe.
Step One: Identify an Occupation in Demand
Firstly, in order for any migration to Canada from Europe to be successful, you’ll be required to have an Occupation in Demand, as specified in this list below.
Canada Occupations List
Canada Immigration NOC Code
|12||Senior government managers and officials|
|13||Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services|
|14||Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations|
|15||Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.|
|16||Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities|
|112||Human resources managers|
|114||Other administrative services managers|
|121||Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers|
|122||Banking, credit and other investment managers|
|124||Advertising, marketing and public relations managers|
|125||Other business services managers|
|131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|132||Postal and courier services managers|
|212||Architecture and science managers|
|213||Computer and information systems managers|
|311||Managers in health care|
|411||Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration|
|412||Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration|
|413||Government managers – education policy development and program administration|
|414||Other managers in public administration|
|421||Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training|
|422||School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education|
|423||Managers in social, community and correctional services|
|431||Commissioned police officers|
|432||Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers|
|433||Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces|
|511||Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers|
|512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|513||Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors|
|601||Corporate sales managers|
|621||Retail and wholesale trade managers|
|631||Restaurant and food service managers|
|632||Accommodation service managers|
|651||Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.|
|712||Home building and renovation managers|
|714||Facility operation and maintenance managers|
|731||Managers in transportation|
|811||Managers in natural resources production and fishing|
|821||Managers in agriculture|
|822||Managers in horticulture|
|823||Managers in aquaculture|
|1111||Financial auditors and accountants|
|1112||Financial and investment analysts|
|1113||Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers|
|1114||Other financial officers|
|1121||Human resources professionals|
|1122||Professional occupations in business management consulting|
|1123||Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations|
|1211||Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers|
|1212||Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers|
|1213||Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers|
|1214||Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations|
|1215||Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations|
|1223||Human resources and recruitment officers|
|1225||Purchasing agents and officers|
|1226||Conference and event planners|
|1227||Court officers and justices of the peace|
|1228||Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers|
|1242||Legal administrative assistants|
|1243||Medical administrative assistants|
|1251||Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations|
|1252||Health information management occupations|
|1253||Records management technicians|
|1254||Statistical officers and related research support occupations|
|1311||Accounting technicians and bookkeepers|
|1312||Insurance adjusters and claims examiners|
|1314||Assessors, valuators and appraisers|
|1315||Customs, ship and other brokers|
|2111||Physicists and astronomers|
|2113||Geoscientists and oceanographers|
|2114||Meteorologists and climatologists|
|2115||Other professional occupations in physical sciences|
|2121||Biologists and related scientists|
|2123||Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2141||Industrial and manufacturing engineers|
|2142||Metallurgical and materials engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2148||Other professional engineers, n.e.c.|
|2153||Urban and land use planners|
|2161||Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2211||Chemical technologists and technicians|
|2212||Geological and mineral technologists and technicians|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2222||Agricultural and fish products inspectors|
|2223||Forestry technologists and technicians|
|2224||Conservation and fishery officers|
|2225||Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists|
|2231||Civil engineering technologists and technicians|
|2232||Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians|
|2233||Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2244||Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors|
|2251||Architectural technologists and technicians|
|2253||Drafting technologists and technicians|
|2254||Land survey technologists and technicians|
|2255||Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology|
|2261||Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians|
|2262||Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers|
|2263||Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety|
|2271||Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors|
|2272||Air traffic controllers and related occupations|
|2273||Deck officers, water transport|
|2274||Engineer officers, water transport|
|2275||Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|3011||Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors|
|3012||Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses|
|3112||General practitioners and family physicians|
|3124||Allied primary health practitioners|
|3125||Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating|
|3132||Dietitians and nutritionists|
|3141||Audiologists and speech-language pathologists|
|3144||Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment|
|3211||Medical laboratory technologists|
|3212||Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants|
|3213||Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians|
|3214||Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists|
|3215||Medical radiation technologists|
|3217||Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.|
|3219||Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)|
|3222||Dental hygienists and dental therapists|
|3223||Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants|
|3232||Practitioners of natural healing|
|3233||Licensed practical nurses|
|3237||Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment|
|4011||University professors and lecturers|
|4012||Post-secondary teaching and research assistants|
|4021||College and other vocational instructors|
|4031||Secondary school teachers|
|4032||Elementary school and kindergarten teachers|
|4112||Lawyers and Quebec notaries|
|4153||Family, marriage and other related counsellors|
|4154||Professional occupations in religion|
|4155||Probation and parole officers and related occupations|
|4161||Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers|
|4162||Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts|
|4163||Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants|
|4164||Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers|
|4165||Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers|
|4166||Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers|
|4167||Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers|
|4168||Program officers unique to government|
|4169||Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.|
|4211||Paralegal and related occupations|
|4212||Social and community service workers|
|4214||Early childhood educators and assistants|
|4215||Instructors of persons with disabilities|
|4217||Other religious occupations|
|4311||Police officers (except commissioned)|
|4313||Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces|
|5112||Conservators and curators|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5131||Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations|
|5132||Conductors, composers and arrangers|
|5133||Musicians and singers|
|5135||Actors and comedians|
|5136||Painters, sculptors and other visual artists|
|5211||Library and public archive technicians|
|5212||Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries|
|5222||Film and video camera operators|
|5223||Graphic arts technicians|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5226||Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5231||Announcers and other broadcasters|
|5232||Other performers, n.e.c.|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|5242||Interior designers and interior decorators|
|5243||Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers|
|5244||Artisans and craftspersons|
|5245||Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products|
|5253||Sports officials and referees|
|5254||Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness|
|6211||Retail sales supervisors|
|6221||Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade|
|6222||Retail and wholesale buyers|
|6231||Insurance agents and brokers|
|6232||Real estate agents and salespersons|
|6235||Financial sales representatives|
|6311||Food service supervisors|
|6313||Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors|
|6314||Customer and information services supervisors|
|6316||Other services supervisors|
|6331||Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale|
|6341||Hairstylists and barbers|
|6342||Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners|
|6343||Shoe repairers and shoemakers|
|6344||Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations|
|6346||Funeral directors and embalmers|
|7201||Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations|
|7202||Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations|
|7203||Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades|
|7204||Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades|
|7205||Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers|
|7231||Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors|
|7232||Tool and die makers|
|7233||Sheet metal workers|
|7235||Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters|
|7237||Welders and related machine operators|
|7241||Electricians (except industrial and power system)|
|7243||Power system electricians|
|7244||Electrical power line and cable workers|
|7245||Telecommunications line and cable workers|
|7246||Telecommunications installation and repair workers|
|7247||Cable television service and maintenance technicians|
|7252||Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers|
|7284||Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers|
|7291||Roofers and shinglers|
|7294||Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)|
|7295||Floor covering installers|
|7301||Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades|
|7302||Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews|
|7303||Supervisors, printing and related occupations|
|7304||Supervisors, railway transport operations|
|7305||Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators|
|7311||Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics|
|7312||Heavy-duty equipment mechanics|
|7313||Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics|
|7315||Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors|
|7318||Elevator constructors and mechanics|
|7321||Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers|
|7322||Motor vehicle body repairers|
|7331||Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics|
|7332||Appliance servicers and repairers|
|7334||Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics|
|7335||Other small engine and small equipment repairers|
|7361||Railway and yard locomotive engineers|
|7362||Railway conductors and brakemen/women|
|7372||Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction|
|7373||Water well drillers|
|7381||Printing press operators|
|7384||Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.|
|8211||Supervisors, logging and forestry|
|8221||Supervisors, mining and quarrying|
|8222||Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services|
|8231||Underground production and development miners|
|8232||Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers|
|8241||Logging machinery operators|
|8252||Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services|
|8261||Fishing masters and officers|
|9211||Supervisors, mineral and metal processing|
|9212||Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities|
|9213||Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing|
|9214||Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing|
|9215||Supervisors, forest products processing|
|9217||Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing|
|9221||Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling|
|9222||Supervisors, electronics manufacturing|
|9223||Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing|
|9224||Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing|
|9226||Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing|
|9227||Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly|
|9231||Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing|
|9232||Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators|
|9235||Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators|
|9241||Power engineers and power systems operators|
|9243||Water and waste treatment plant operators|
Search your Occupation below to see if you have an Occupation in Demand in Canada. If in doubt take our Free Visa Assessment and let us assess your Eligibility for Free.
Step Two: Immigration Points Score Required to Migrate to Canada from Europe
Once you’ve identified an Occupation in Demand from the NOC “National Occupation Code “ List of Canada above, we need to be able to identify your points on the Canadian Immigration Points score matrix for your Express Entry application.
The Canadian Government will offer invitations for visas to the higher points scoring candidates from the pool in the various NOC code sectors that Canada need under their immigration program.
To immigrate to Canada from Europe, we’ll calculate your points though we will always work closely with you to maximize (and build on) your Canadian Immigration Points Score.
A couple of examples of where points are awarded in the Canadian immigration score grid are shown below. This does not cover all the areas where your points will be awarded – it is designed to give you an idea of how the system of points scoring works within the Canadian immigration system.
Migrate to Canada from Europe Age Points
|Age||With a spouse or common-law partner||Without a spouse or common-law partner|
|(Maximum 100 points)||(Maximum 110 points)|
|17 years of age or less||0||0|
|18 years of age||90||99|
|19 years of age||95||105|
|20 to 29 years of age||100||110|
|30 years of age||95||105|
|31 years of age||90||99|
|32 years of age||85||94|
|33 years of age||80||88|
|34 years of age||75||83|
|35 years of age||70||77|
|36 years of age||65||72|
|37 years of age||60||66|
|38 years of age||55||61|
|39 years of age||50||55|
|40 years of age||45||50|
|41 years of age||35||39|
|42 years of age||25||28|
|43 years of age||15||17|
|44 years of age||5||6|
|45 years of age or more||0||0|
|Migrate to Canada from Australia English Language Points|
|Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per ability||With a spouse or common-law partner||Without a spouse or common-law partner|
|(Maximum 128 points)||(Maximum 136 points)|
|Less than CLB 4||0||0|
|CLB 4 or 5||6||6|
|CLB 10 or more||32||34|
|Official languages proficiency - second official language|
|Maximum points for each ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening):|
|6 with a spouse or common-law partner (up to a combined maximum of 22 points)|
|6 without a spouse or common-law partner (up to a combined maximum of 24 points)|
|Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per ability||With a spouse or common-law partner||Without a spouse or common-law partner|
|(Maximum 22 points)||(Maximum 24 points)|
|CLB 4 or less||0||0|
|CLB 5 or 6||1||1|
|CLB 7 or 8||3||3|
|CLB 9 or more||6||6|
|Migrate to Canada from Australia Points for Education|
|Level of Education||With a spouse or common-law partner||Without a spouse or common-law partner|
|(Maximum 140 points)||(Maximum 150 points)|
|Less than secondary school (high school)||0||0|
|Secondary diploma (high school graduation)||28||30|
|One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute||84||90|
|Two-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute||91||98|
|Bachelor's degree OR a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute||112||120|
|Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years||119||128|
|Master's degree, OR professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession (For “professional degree,” the degree program must have been in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy.)||126||135|
|Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)||140||150|
Immigration Points for other Areas
There are points awarded for many other areas, such as work experience, job offers, family in Canada French language skills and more. It is a somewhat complex points scoring system and we suggest going through the process in more detail with one of our experts.
What’s the next step to migrate to Canada from Europe?
The next step is to submit your express entry application to the Canadian Government.
What is Express Entry in the Canadian Immigration Process?
Express Entry is the name given to the candidate pool from all over the world of people wanting to Immigrate to Canada.
This process involves having your professional qualifications credentialed and certified so they can be approved as being able to meet the standard of Canadian employment.
Many professions will have to go further to be fully assessed to industry or professional body registration within Canada and this may require testing as a condition of being granted your visa. So it is important to know the requirements of your trade or profession.
Every Profession, Occupation, and Trade has their own Skills Assessment Authority tied to Canadian Immigration or a specific Province and it’s their role to say an applicant is who they say they are, and has the right skills, experience, and qualifications.
Making an Express Entry Application to Immigrate to Canada from Europe
With a positive skills assessment or your education verified, it’s time to lodge your Express Entry application. It’s important that we make this Application as strong as possible because it’s the details in this declaration that Canada uses to decide which applications are going to receive their Invitation to Apply for the Visa.
Express Entry is not a ‘visa’ in its own right, it simply allows successful candidates to be filtered out to receive an Invitation to Apply for a Federal Skilled Trades Visa, a Federal Skilled Worker Visa or a Provincial Nomination Visa.
An Invitation to Apply (ITA) can be best described as approval in principle of your visa, allowing you to migrate to Canada from Europe.
Canada Immigration from Europe Provincial Nomination Program
To immigrate to Canada from Europe under the Provincial Nominee Program, a European applicant must first make representation for a Provincial Nomination Certificate to the provincial government where they intend to ultimately settle.
Each province has different requirements and Provincial nominees receive priority processing for their permanent residency applications.
With a Provincial Nomination Certificate in hand Canada Immigration applicants are boosted through the Express Entry Platform into the relevant Permanent Residency Visa stream, without the need for a job offer.
Although some provinces and occupations do indeed require this to secure the Provincial Nomination in the first instance.
Final Visa Application to Immigrate to Canada from Europe
With an ITA in hand, it’s time to complete the final complicated stages of the Canada Visa process and to complete health checks and medicals.
Once your Canada visa is granted you’re all set to make the move to Canada from Europe. You don’t need to move immediately (though most do) and you have 12 months to activate your Canadian Permanent Residency Visas once they are granted.
How long does it take to Immigrate to Canada from Europe?
On average do allow a year for the process from start to finish. Sometimes it happens sooner, sometimes later though one year is a good benchmark to keep in mind.
How much money do I need in the bank for Canada Immigration from Europe?
In addition to having an Occupation in demand, Canada Immigration Federal Skilled Worker applicants from Europe will be required to demonstrate they have sufficient financial resources to support themselves and their family for 6 months after arrival in Country. If you have a formal job offer, this requirement does not apply.
Get started by taking our Free Canadian Visa Assessment and see if you’re eligible to apply to Immigrate to Canada from Europe.
How long does Canada Immigration Permanent Residency last for European Citizens?
Once you and your family have been awarded Permanent Residency you will be able to hold this on an indefinite basis, as long as you accumulate at least 2 years of residency in every 5 years period.
This does not need to be consecutive, and is a cumulative figure. This means that it would be very easy to travel back and forth to Europe regularly, and for extended periods of time.
Title of Article: How to Immigrate to Canada from Europe
Author: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canada Immigration Expert