Immigrate to Canada as a Biologist

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Biologist?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Biologist you’re in luck! Biologists 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 a Biologist and have been working as a Biologist you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.

Migrate to Canada as a Biologist 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Biologist is 2121. This is also known as the NOC Code for Ecologist.

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

For starters, Biologists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Biologists 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 Biologists on the NOC is 2121

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


Biologists 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.

Biologists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2121, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • agricultural scientist
  • agrogeologist
  • algologist
  • anatomist
  • animal ecologist
  • animal geneticist
  • animal nutritionist
  • animal taxonomist
  • apiculture entomologist
  • aquatic biologist
  • astrobiologist
  • bacteriologist
  • bacteriologist – animal health
  • bioinformatician
  • biological scientist
  • biologist
  • biology systematist
  • biology taxonomist
  • biomedical nanotechnology research scientist
  • botanist
  • bryologist
  • cell biologist
  • cellular physiologist
  • crop scientist
  • crop-research scientist
  • cytochemist
  • cytogeneticist
  • cytologist
  • cytologist-microbiologist
  • dairy bacteriologist
  • dairy scientist
  • descriptive toxicologist
  • developmental biologist
  • developmental geneticist
  • domestic animal scientist
  • ecobiologist
  • ecologist
  • economic botanist
  • embryologist
  • entomologist
  • environmental and occupational toxicologist
  • environmental biologist
  • environmental toxicologist
  • enzymologist
  • enzymology biologist
  • etiologist
  • extraction specialist – cannabis
  • fishery bacteriologist
  • fishery products bacteriologist
  • food bacteriologist
  • food products bacteriologist
  • food products scientist
  • food research scientist
  • food scientist
  • forest ecologist
  • forest pathologist
  • geneticist
  • helminthologist
  • herpetologist
  • histologist
  • histopathologist
  • human physiologist
  • hydrobiologist
  • ichthyologist
  • immunologist
  • industrial bacteriologist
  • insect physiologist
  • interpretative naturalist
  • invertebrate zoologist
  • laboratory immunologist
  • limnologist
  • malariologist
  • mammalogist
  • marine biologist
  • marine hydrobiologist
  • marine mammal trainer
  • mechanistic toxicologist
  • medical parasitology biologist
  • microbiologist
  • molecular biologist
  • molecular geneticist
  • molecular physiologist
  • mycologist
  • naturalist
  • nematologist
  • ornithologist
  • osteologist
  • parasitologist
  • parasitology biologist
  • park naturalist
  • pharmaceutical bacteriologist
  • pharmacologist
  • physiological biophysicist
  • physiologist
  • physiologist-biochemist – nuclear medicine
  • phytobiologist
  • phytopathologist
  • plant anatomist
  • plant breeder
  • plant ecologist
  • plant nematologist
  • plant pathologist
  • plant physiologist
  • plant population biologist
  • plant scientist
  • plant taxonomist
  • population geneticist
  • poultry scientist
  • protozoologist
  • protozoology biologist
  • public health bacteriologist
  • regulatory toxicologist
  • research biologist
  • rural ecologist
  • serologist
  • soil bacteriologist
  • staff toxicologist
  • systems biologist
  • toxicologist
  • veterinary parasitology biologist
  • virologist
  • wildlife biologist
  • wildlife helminthologist
  • wildlife naturalist
  • zoologist

All these roles held by a Biologist are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 2121.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Biologist.

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

Main duties


Main duties

Managers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:


  • Plan and conduct studies of the environment, and of the population, distribution, structure and functional characteristics and behaviour of plants and animals
  • Conduct ecological and environmental impact studies and prepare reports
  • Study, identify and classify plant and animal specimens
  • Conduct experiments in plant or animal growth, heredity and breeding
  • Prepare reports and plans for management of renewable resources
  • May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists.

Microbiologists and cell and molecular biologists

  • Conduct research into the structure, function, ecology, biotechnology and genetics of micro-organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and algae
  • Conduct research into the structure and functioning of human, animal and plant tissues and cells
  • Conduct studies into the identification, effects and control of human, plant and animal pathogens and toxins
  • Conduct clinical or laboratory studies to test, evaluate and screen drugs, pharmaceuticals and nanoparticles used in biomedical applications
  • Conduct molecular or biochemical studies and experiments in genetic expression, gene manipulation and recombinant DNA technology to develop new or alternative methods of producing products
  • Conduct research in biotechnology to discover, develop and refine, and evaluate new products
  • May participate in the commercialization of new products
  • May supervise biological technologists and technicians and other scientists
  • May conduct biostatistical data analysis using computer modelling techniques.
  • Biologists and related scientists may specialize at the macroscopic level, in fields such as botany, zoology, ecology and marine biology or, at the cellular and molecular level, in fields such as genetics, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, pathology, bacteriology, virology, biotechnology and bioinformatics.

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 Science Industry Workers desk that only represents Science 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 a Biologist 

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology or in a related discipline is required for biologists.
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in biology or a related discipline is required for employment as a research scientist in biology.
  • Post-doctoral research experience is usually required before employment in academic departments or research institutions.
  • Biologists are regulated in Alberta and British Columbia.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Biologist 

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)



English ability

French ability

Your partner’s skills

Work experience

As well as providing you with important CRS points these for Biologists 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 a Biologist 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 a Biologist 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 a Biologist 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.

 Biologist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Biologist  code 2121 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. Biologist 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 Biologists is the Canadian Association of Biologists.

Emigrate Canada are the Science Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Science 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 a Biologist 

 Biologist : Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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