Immigrate to Canada as a Chemist

Immigrate to Canada as a Chemist in 2023

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


Migrate to Canada as a Chemist 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Chemist is 2112. This is also known as the NOC Code for Chemistry Researcher.

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

For starters, Chemists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Chemists 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 Chemists on the NOC is 2112

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

Chemists 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.

Chemists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2112, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • agricultural chemist
  • agrochemist
  • analytical biochemist
  • analytical chemist
  • atmospheric chemist
  • bioanalytical chemist
  • biochemist
  • biochemistry research scientist
  • biological chemist
  • chemical spectroscopist
  • chemist
  • chemist – biomolecular assembly
  • chemistry research scientist
  • chemistry researcher
  • clinical chemist
  • coatings chemist
  • control chemist
  • dairy chemist
  • detergent chemist
  • dye chemist
  • electrochemist
  • environmental chemist
  • enzyme chemist
  • fermentologist
  • food chemist
  • forensic chemist
  • glass chemist
  • hydrochemist
  • industrial chemist
  • inorganic chemist
  • laboratory chemist
  • leather chemist
  • medical biochemist
  • medical chemist
  • medicinal chemist
  • nanochemist
  • nuclear chemist
  • nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopist
  • nutritional chemist
  • oceanographic chemist
  • optical spectroscopist
  • organic chemist
  • organic mass spectrometrist
  • organometallic chemist
  • petroleum chemist
  • pharmaceutical chemist
  • pharmacological chemist
  • physical chemist
  • physical research chemist
  • physiological chemist
  • plastics and resins chemist
  • polymer chemist
  • process control chemist
  • protective coatings chemist
  • protein chemist
  • quality control chemist
  • research chemist
  • soil chemist
  • standards chemist
  • textile chemist
  • theoretical chemist
  • water chemist
  • water purification chemist
  • wood chemist


All these roles held by a Chemist are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 2112.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemist.

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

Main duties

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

Chemists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Analyze, synthesize, purify, modify and characterize chemical or biochemical compounds
  • Develop and conduct programs of analysis to ensure quality control of raw materials, chemical intermediates or final products
  • Conduct programs of sample and data collection and analysis to identify and quantify environmental toxicants
  • Conduct research to develop new chemical formulations and processes and devise new technical applications of industrial chemicals and compounds
  • Conduct research to discover, develop, refine and evaluate new products such as those used in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics and other applications of chemistry
  • Conduct fundamental and applied research into the synthesis and properties of chemical compounds and the mechanisms of chemical reactions
  • Investigate chemical aspects of the mechanisms of drug action, the diagnosis and treatment of disease, organ function and the assessment of health
  • Participate in interdisciplinary research and development projects working with chemical engineers, Chemists, microChemists, agronomists, geologists or other professionals
  • Act as technical consultant in a particular field of expertise
  • May participate in the commercialization of new products
  • May supervise other chemists and chemical technicians and technologists.

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 Chemist 

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related discipline is required.
  • A master’s or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist.
  • Licensing by a provincial association of chemists is required in Quebec and Alberta, and available but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.


How to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemist 

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 Chemists 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 Chemist 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 Chemist 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 Chemist 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.

Chemist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Chemist  code 2112 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. Chemist 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 Chemists is the Canadian Association of Chemists.

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.


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Immigrate to Canada as a Chemist in 2023