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How to Immigrate to Canada Without an Offer of Employment

Immigrate to Canada without a job offer

There are so many articles on the internet that discuss immigration to Canada through the lens of work visas or job offers. However, not everyone is lucky enough or able to obtain a job before moving. Some people would rather be settled in their new environment before they look for a job. If this is your situation, what do you do? It is possible to immigrate to Canada without a job offer, even if it is little talked about.

There are options available to immigrate to Canada without a job offer, and we will hope to reassure you and guide you through beginning the process as you set out to start a new life in a new land. You don’t need a work visa, job offer, or placement to get started.  If you are qualified or have skills and experience in one of Canada’s in-demand job sectors or as a professional, the application and immigration process maybe even quicker than you expect. These are just some ideas on how you might go about immigrating to Canada without a job or job offer, and not just as an international student or on a spousal or family visa.

Immigrate to Canada without a job offer through Express Entry

The first, and the most key way that you can immigrate to Canada without a job offer is through the Express Entry scheme. It is perhaps one of the most well-known immigration schemes that Canada offers, but it is not so well known that you don’t need a job offer in order to apply. Although there are streams within the scheme that sound as if they require a job, for example, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the streams only require you to have the required qualifications to be able to do those jobs, and not necessarily have a job offer itself.

It is the qualification or experience that provides you with the points that are used to determine your eligibility for Express Entry as part of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In addition to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, other streams within Express Entry that you are eligible for without a job offer include the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canada Experience Class (CEC). The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for those with experience or qualifications in management or business roles, while the Federal Skilled Trades Program is the same, but is for those who have experience or qualifications in trade or vocational occupations.

The Canada Experience Class is similar to both these programs, except it is designed for those people who have a year or more of experience working in Canada at that trade or profession. While CEC may suggest the need for a job offer, your experience will be taken into consideration, and applicants can apply as they near the end of a period of employment, without a permanent job offer already, or for those who have studied in Canada in a specific field and are looking to remain permanently.


Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer and Join the Goldrush

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime Gold Rush for people with the right skills, experience, occupations, and qualifications to immigrate to Canada on Permanent Residency to begin the process of becoming Canadian Citizens.



How to Immigrate to Canada Without an Offer of Employment


You may have heard of the Express Entry system, but it’s not actually a visa, it’s a filtering system to ensure Canada can ‘invite’ those it wants into one of the Permanent Residency Visa Classes such as:

Federal Skilled Worker Visa

Federal Skilled Trades Visa

Provincial Nominee Program

Lodging an Express Entry is relatively EASY and you DEFINITELY DO NOT need a Migration Agent of Canadian Immigration Lawyer to do this for you.

Submitting an Express Entry profile is FREE when you do it directly with the Canadian Government.

Remember this is Step one of how to Immigrate to Canada without a Job Offer so go ahead and bookmark this page so or write it down so you don’t forget to create an Express Entry Profile.



Express Entry Submission is FREE

For a basic Express Entry Submission you’ll need to have completed your English or French Language test and have had your education credentials approved by a regulated provider such as World Education Services.

Once an applicant lodges their Express Entry Profile, Canada Immigration will then select who in this pool of candidates will receive an Invitation for their Canadian Permanent Residency Visa.

It’s one thing to submit an Express Entry Profile though you still need to exit out of Express Entry and into one of the Canada Visa Streams mentioned above, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Visa.

This selection is based on set criteria including but not limited to the following points:

Whether you have an Occupation in Demand in Canada, so find your occupation on this list below.


It’s a long list of occupations so you may want to use the search element just below to find your Occupation

Canada Immigration NOC Code

NOC CodeOccupation
12Senior government managers and officials
13Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
14Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organizations
15Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
16Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
111Financial managers
112Human resources managers
113Purchasing managers
114Other administrative services managers
121Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
122Banking, credit and other investment managers
124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
125Other business services managers
131Telecommunication carriers managers
132Postal and courier services managers
211Engineering managers
212Architecture and science managers
213Computer and information systems managers
311Managers in health care
411Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
412Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
413Government managers – education policy development and program administration
414Other managers in public administration
421Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
422School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
423Managers in social, community and correctional services
431Commissioned police officers
432Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
433Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
511Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
513Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
601Corporate sales managers
621Retail and wholesale trade managers
631Restaurant and food service managers
632Accommodation service managers
651Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
711Construction managers
712Home building and renovation managers
714Facility operation and maintenance managers
731Managers in transportation
811Managers in natural resources production and fishing
821Managers in agriculture
822Managers in horticulture
823Managers in aquaculture
911Manufacturing managers
912Utilities managers
1111Financial auditors and accountants
1112Financial and investment analysts
1113Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
1114Other financial officers
1121Human resources professionals
1122Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1211Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
1212Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
1213Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
1214Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
1215Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
1221Administrative officers
1222Executive assistants
1223Human resources and recruitment officers
1224Property administrators
1225Purchasing agents and officers
1226Conference and event planners
1227Court officers and justices of the peace
1228Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
1241Administrative assistants
1242Legal administrative assistants
1243Medical administrative assistants
1251Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
1252Health information management occupations
1253Records management technicians
1254Statistical officers and related research support occupations
1311Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1312Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
1313Insurance underwriters
1314Assessors, valuators and appraisers
1315Customs, ship and other brokers
2111Physicists and astronomers
2113Geoscientists and oceanographers
2114Meteorologists and climatologists
2115Other professional occupations in physical sciences
2121Biologists and related scientists
2122Forestry professionals
2123Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2141Industrial and manufacturing engineers
2142Metallurgical and materials engineers
2143Mining engineers
2144Geological engineers
2145Petroleum engineers
2146Aerospace engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2148Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
2152Landscape architects
2153Urban and land use planners
2154Land surveyors
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2211Chemical technologists and technicians
2212Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2222Agricultural and fish products inspectors
2223Forestry technologists and technicians
2224Conservation and fishery officers
2225Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2234Construction estimators
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2244Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
2251Architectural technologists and technicians
2252Industrial designers
2253Drafting technologists and technicians
2254Land survey technologists and technicians
2255Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
2261Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
2262Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
2263Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
2264Construction inspectors
2271Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
2272Air traffic controllers and related occupations
2273Deck officers, water transport
2274Engineer officers, water transport
2275Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
3011Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
3012Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3111Specialist physicians
3112General practitioners and family physicians
3124Allied primary health practitioners
3125Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3132Dietitians and nutritionists
3141Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3143Occupational therapists
3144Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
3213Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215Medical radiation technologists
3216Medical sonographers
3217Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
3222Dental hygienists and dental therapists
3223Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
3232Practitioners of natural healing
3233Licensed practical nurses
3234Paramedical occupations
3236Massage therapists
3237Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
4011University professors and lecturers
4012Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021College and other vocational instructors
4031Secondary school teachers
4032Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
4033Educational counsellors
4112Lawyers and Quebec notaries
4152Social workers
4153Family, marriage and other related counsellors
4154Professional occupations in religion
4155Probation and parole officers and related occupations
4156Employment counsellors
4161Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4162Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
4164Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4165Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4166Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4167Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
4168Program officers unique to government
4169Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
4211Paralegal and related occupations
4212Social and community service workers
4214Early childhood educators and assistants
4215Instructors of persons with disabilities
4216Other instructors
4217Other religious occupations
4311Police officers (except commissioned)
4313Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
5112Conservators and curators
5121Authors and writers
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5132Conductors, composers and arrangers
5133Musicians and singers
5135Actors and comedians
5136Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
5211Library and public archive technicians
5212Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
5222Film and video camera operators
5223Graphic arts technicians
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5231Announcers and other broadcasters
5232Other performers, n.e.c.
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
5242Interior designers and interior decorators
5243Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
5244Artisans and craftspersons
5245Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
5253Sports officials and referees
5254Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
6211Retail sales supervisors
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
6222Retail and wholesale buyers
6231Insurance agents and brokers
6232Real estate agents and salespersons
6235Financial sales representatives
6311Food service supervisors
6312Executive housekeepers
6313Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6314Customer and information services supervisors
6315Cleaning supervisors
6316Other services supervisors
6331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
6341Hairstylists and barbers
6342Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
6343Shoe repairers and shoemakers
6344Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
6346Funeral directors and embalmers
7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7202Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7203Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232Tool and die makers
7233Sheet metal workers
7235Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7237Welders and related machine operators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7243Power system electricians
7244Electrical power line and cable workers
7245Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7252Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253Gas fitters
7282Concrete finishers
7283Tile setters
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291Roofers and shinglers
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Floor covering installers
7301Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7304Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314Railway Carmen/women
7315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7316Machine fitters
7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7322Motor vehicle body repairers
7331Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7332Appliance servicers and repairers
7333Electrical mechanics
7334Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7362Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7371Crane operators
7372Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
7373Water well drillers
7381Printing press operators
7384Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231Underground production and development miners
8232Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8241Logging machinery operators
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
8261Fishing masters and officers
9211Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9214Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9215Supervisors, forest products processing
9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9226Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9227Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9231Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9235Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241Power engineers and power systems operators
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators
Full Canada Immigration Occupation in Demand NOC List.
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The other criteria to consider includes the following

AgeWith a spouse or common-law partnerWithout a spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum 100 points)(Maximum 110 points)
17 years of age or less00
18 years of age9099
19 years of age95105
20 to 29 years of age100110
30 years of age95105
31 years of age9099
32 years of age8594
33 years of age8088
34 years of age7583
35 years of age7077
36 years of age6572
37 years of age6066
38 years of age5561
39 years of age5055
40 years of age4550
41 years of age3539
42 years of age2528
43 years of age1517
44 years of age56
45 years of age or more00
Migrate to Canada from Australia English Language Points
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per abilityWith a spouse or common-law partnerWithout a spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum 128 points)(Maximum 136 points)
Less than CLB 400
CLB 4 or 566
CLB 689
CLB 71617
CLB 82223
CLB 92931
CLB 10 or more3234
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 abilityWith a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner 
(Maximum 22 points)(Maximum 24 points)
CLB 4 or less00
CLB 5 or 611
CLB 7 or 833
CLB 9 or more66
Migrate to Canada from Australia Points for Education
Level of EducationWith a spouse or common-law partnerWithout a spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum 140 points)(Maximum 150 points)
Less than secondary school (high school)00
Secondary diploma (high school graduation)2830
One-year degree, diploma or certificate from  a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute8490
Two-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute9198
Bachelor's degree OR  a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute112120
Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years119128
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.)126135
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)140150

It could well be that you’re one of the 10% of applicants that can get through Express Entry into the Visa without taking any further action. You’re not going to truly know this for certain without being lodged in the system.

Remember: It is FREE to Complete and Submit an Express Entry application

After your Express Entry application has been lodged then it’s time to start improving your application if you don’t receive notification that you have enough points to push through the system to the eventual visa.

How Can I Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer

All Migration Agents and Canadian Immigration Lawyers these days seem to want an easy life. They want clients who are eligible to Immigrate to Canada without them having to do any work to help them with their overall eligibility.

If you want to Immigrate to Canada without a job offer then you’ll need to take ACTION yourself. You simply cannot rely on a Canadian Immigration Agent or Lawyer to help you.

In fact, many so-called Immigration ‘Agents’ don’t even know about these ways to Immigrate to Canada and without a job offer.

Easy Ways to Push Through Express Entry and be Invited to Apply for Permanent Residency

  1. Have enough Canada Immigration Points (10% of applicants go straight through)
  2. Secure an Offer of Employment
  3. Get Professional or Trade Registration in the Province of Your Choice


Secure Professional Registration or Skilled Trade Authorization in the Canadian Province of Choice.

This will boost you through Express Entry and is the best way to Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer.

Secure Professional Registration to Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer

This is the secret to Canadian Immigration.

If you’re immigrating to Canada as a Nurse then you’re going to need to register as a nurse in your chosen Province. And by registering as a Nurse you will receive the boost needed to exit Express Entry to Permanent Residency.

No Need For a Job Offer

School teachers will need to register to be licensed teachers in their state. When a teacher secures this registration they can be boosted through Express Entry.

No Job Offer Required

If you’re an Accountant Emigrating to Canada you’ll need to have your qualifications converted to CPA Canada. By doing this process (as is going to be needed anyhow) you get to Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer.

The List of Who Can Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer is Endless

It includes every Professional who has a license or registration in their home country. Surveyors, Dentists, Doctors, Teachers, Nurses, Accountants, Vets, Engineers…


Skilled Trades People Have an EVEN Better Chance to Immigrate to Canada Without a Job offer

If you’re migrating to Canada with a Skilled Trade such as:

In Canada skilled trades are regulated by Red Seal

In the UK the Red Seal equivalent would be City & Guilds or NVQ. In South Africa and the United States it’s called Red Seal but is a different system. Across Europe, the Red Seal equivalents are whatever training institution issued your Certificates.

Secret Canada Immigration Fact


If you’re working in a skilled trade you will be able to do what is called a Red Seal Challenge.

This involves Red Seal Canada checking your work experience, references and qualifications and then allowing you to sit an exam in Canada.

Once this exam is passed you’ll be qualified in your Trade in a specific Province. This registration will help you to not only secure a boost through Express Entry without a Job Offer. It will also help land a job and Provincial Nomination if required.

Immigrate to Canada without a Job Offer by Provincial Nomination

One of the ways that it is possible to immigrate to Canada without a job offer is through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which is itself connected to the Express Entry scheme, though it is not a subset of it. The Provincial Nominee Program is where provinces or territories involved in the scheme can nominate someone who is looking to immigrate to that specific province to the federal government as being worthy of an invitation to apply for Canadian residency.

This is often done through job offers located in specific provinces and the province can use this as part of its nomination as the applicant will be beneficial to the provincial economy. However, this is not the only requirement, and applicants must meet the PNP eligibility criteria to be considered, as well as the national eligibility criteria, several of which overlap. However, many provinces don’t require a job offer or job already secured in order to apply to the PNP.

These provinces that accept applicants regardless of job offer are Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Providing that you are qualified, these provinces do not require you to have a job before you move, but you must make sure that you choose the right stream within the province’s program to be selected. Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia both require their PNP applicants to be candidates in the Express Entry scheme before applying to be part of a PNP, while Ontario has several streams that do not require you to be employed before immigrating, in addition to Express Entry.

If you are a part of Express Entry and are also successful at receiving a provincial nomination through PNP, the province will award you a large number of points to count towards your CRS score needed to be invited for residency application by the Canadian government, which essentially boosts your score enough to guarantee you an invitation.

Best way to immigrate to Canada without a Job Offer

In summary, both the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program methods of immigrating to Canada without a job offer already secured still require you to meet several prerequisites such as language fluency and have the qualifications to prove that you can be an asset to the local or national economy.

However, as you do not need the guarantee of a job to immigrate through these programs you can get settled into your new home and country somewhat before you worry about employment, and as such can take a gradual adjustment approach to your new surroundings and make choices at the right pace for you. Even though moving without a job may seem as much of a daunting step as having to get to know a whole new city in a whole new country, there is a huge amount of benefit to this, especially as social and cultural adjustment is as important as geographical and economic adjustment.

Ultimately, do not despair and think that your dreams of moving to Canada are worthless because you cannot find a job, there is hope and possibility out there. You just need to start looking and be brave enough to take that first step.