Immigrate to Canada as a Festival Organizer
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Festival OrganiserThis article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Festival Organiser with or without a Job offer.
Can I immigrate to Canada as a Festival Organizer?
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Festival Organizer you’re in luck! Festival Organizers 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 Festival Organizer and have been working as a Festival Organizer you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.
Migrate to Canada as a Festival Organizer
Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Festival Organiser is 1226. This is also known as the NOC Code for Event Organizers.
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 Festival Organiser you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Festival Organizers are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Festival Organisers 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 Festival Organizers on the NOC is 1226
This is great news for Festival Organizers 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 Festival Organizer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Festival Organizers 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.
Festival Organizers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 1226, might be employed under work titles including:
- conference and meeting planner
- conference co-ordinator
- conference organizer
- conference planner
- conference services officer
- convention and special events planner
- convention co-ordinator
- convention planner
- convention planning services officer
- event co-ordinator
- Festival Organiser
- exhibition co-ordinator
- festival organizer
- meeting co-ordinator
- meeting planner
- social events co-ordinator
- special events co-ordinator
- special events organizer
- special events planner
- special events program planner
- trade show organizer
- trade show planner
All these roles held by a Festival Organiser are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 1226.
Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Festival Organiser.
In general Festival Organisers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
Conference and Festival Organisers perform some or all of the following duties:
- Meet with trade and professional associations and other groups to promote and discuss conference, convention and trade show services
- Meet with sponsors and organizing committees to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets and to review administrative procedures and progress of events
- Co-ordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, conference and other facilities, catering, signage, displays, translation, special needs requirements, audio-visual equipment, printing and security
- Organize registration of participants, prepare programs and promotional material, and publicize events
- Plan entertainment and social gatherings for participants
- Hire, train and supervise support staff required for events
- Ensure compliance with required by-laws
- Negotiate contracts for services, approve suppliers’ invoices, maintain financial records, review final billing submitted to clients for events and prepare reports.
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 Event Industry Workers desk that only represents Event 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 Festival Organiser
- A university degree or college diploma in business, tourism or hospitality administration is usually required.
- Several years of experience in hospitality or tourism administration or in public relations are usually required and may substitute for formal education requirements.
- Certification relating to special events, meetings or conference management may be required.
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Festival Organiser
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 for Festival Organisers 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 Festival Organiser 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 Festival Organizer 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 Festival Organiser 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.
Festival Organizer Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Festival Organiser code 1226 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. Festival Organiser 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 Festival Organisers is the Canadian Association of Festival Organisers.
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