Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer?
Can I immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer?
If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer you’re in luck! Computer Engineers 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.
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 Computer Engineer, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Computer Engineers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Computer Engineers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).
The code for Computer Engineers on the NOC is 2147
This is great news for qualified Computer Engineers 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 Computer Engineer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Computer Engineers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Computer Engineer Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Job Titles to Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer
Computer Engineers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2147, might be employed under work titles including:
application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design engineer
capacity planning analyst
computer engineer (except software)
computer hardware engineer
computer systems engineer
computer telecommunications specialist
data communications specialist
fibre-optic network designer
hardware circuit board designer
hardware design engineer
hardware development engineer
hardware technical architect
infrastructure architect – information technology (IT)
microprocessor designer and application engineer
microwave systems engineer
microwave transmission systems engineer
network architect – computer systems
network designer – computer systems
network engineer – communication hardware
network specialist – computer systems
network systems engineer
network test engineer
optical communications engineer
optical communications hardware engineer
optical systems engineer – telecommunications
radio systems engineer
satellite data transmission engineer
spacecraft electronics engineer – hardware
systems designer – hardware
technical architect – hardware
telecommunications hardware engineer
telecommunications hardware specialist
telecommunications specialist – computer systems
telecommunications systems specialist
wireless communications network engineer
All these roles held by Computer Engineers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7251
Skills Required to Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer
In general, Computer Engineers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Computer and telecommunications hardware engineers
Analyze user’s requirements, and design and develop system architecture and specifications
Research, design, develop and integrate computer and telecommunications hardware such as microprocessors, integrated circuit boards and semiconductor lasers
Develop and conduct design verification simulations and prototype bench tests of components
Supervise, inspect and provide design support during the manufacturing, installation and implementation of computer and telecommunications hardware
Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers and clients
May lead and co-ordinate teams of engineers, technologists, technicians and drafters in the design and development of computer and telecommunications hardware.
Network system and data communication engineers
Research, design and develop information and communication system network architecture
Research, evaluate and integrate network system and data communication hardware and software
Assess, document and optimize the capacity and performance of information and communication system networks
May lead and co-ordinate teams of design professionals in the development and integration of information and communication system architecture, hardware and software.
Whilst the above is meant as a general guide, 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 Engineers Canada desk that only represents qualified Engineers 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 Computer Engineer
Computer engineers require a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, electrical or electronics engineering, engineering physics or computer science.
A master’s or doctoral degree in a related engineering discipline may be required.
Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
Don’t be put off if you don’t have all the above qualifications, not all are needed jointly. In many cases, your bachelor’s degree and experience are what is required to get started. Talk to us about your specific circumstances by completing the Free Online Visa Assessment
We represent Computer Engineers from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer
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)
Your partner’s skills
As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors 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 Computer Engineer 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 Professional Qualification 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.
Computer Engineering Skills and Qualification Equivalence Assessment
The process of getting your Computer Engineering skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills and Qualification Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Computer Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.
Canada Computer Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Canada Equivalent Qualification and is used for your relevant professional registrations so having your Computer Engineering skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a Computer Engineer in Canada from day one.
How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer
As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Computer Engineer Canada account manager will arrange for your Professional Qualification equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.
Can I immigrate to Canada as a Computer Engineer 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 Computer Engineer 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 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.
Computer Engineering Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Computer Engineer code 2147 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.
As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Computer Engineering jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Computer Engineers in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the Country.
The Canadian Society of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CSECE) is available for qualified Computer Engineers to join.