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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Fisherman

This article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Fisherman with or without a Job offer. There are thousands of Fisherman just like you emigrating to Canada next year. Find out how to join them. With the right Fishing skills, Canada Wants You!

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Fisherman?

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

Migrate to Canada as a Fisherman

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Fisherman is 8262. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Fisherman.

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

For starters, Fishermen are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Fishermen 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 Fishermen on the NOC is 8262

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


Fishermen 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.

Fishermen looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 8262, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • beam trawl fisherman/woman
  • clam dredge operator
  • clam fisherman/woman
  • crab fisherman/woman
  • Danish seine fisherman/woman
  • fisherman/woman
  • fishing vessel skipper
  • gill net fisherman/woman
  • gillnetter skipper
  • handliner fisherman/woman
  • harpoon fisherman/woman
  • hoop net fisherman/woman
  • inshore fisherman/woman
  • line fisherman/woman
  • lobster fisherman/woman
  • longline fisherman/woman
  • longliner fisherman/woman
  • otter trawl fisherman/woman
  • pot fisherman/woman
  • pound net fisherman/woman
  • prawn fisherman/woman
  • purse seine fisherman/woman
  • scallop dredger
  • seaweed dragger
  • seaweed harvesting machine operator
  • seiner fisherman/woman
  • shellfish fisherman/woman
  • shellfish harvester operator
  • shore fisherman/woman
  • swordfish fisherman/woman
  • trap boss – fishing
  • trap fisherman/woman
  • troller fisherman/woman
  • weir fisherman/woman

All these roles held by a Fisherman are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 8262.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Fisherman.

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

Main duties


Main duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Fishermen/women perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate fishing vessel to pursue and catch fish and other marine life
  • Select area for fishing, plot courses and compute navigational positions using compasses and charts or electronic fishing aids
  • Steer vessel and operate navigational instruments
  • Operate fishing gear, direct fishing operation and supervise fishing crew members
  • Maintain engine, fishing gear and other on-board equipment
  • Record fishing activities, weather and sea conditions
  • Estimate costs of operations and plan budget for each fishing season
  • Establish fish marketing plan and keep records of all financial transactions
  • May transport fish to processing plants or fish buyers.

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 Fishing Industry Workers desk that only represents Fishing 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 Fisherman

  • Several years of experience as fishing vessel crew member or helper are usually required.
  • Marine Emergency Duties Certificate is required by Transport Canada.
  • A valid Fishing Vessel Operator Certificate is required.
  • A commercial fishing licence is required.
  • Licences are required for each species of fish pursued.
  • Trade certification for fish harvesters is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We represent Fishermen 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 Fisherman

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 fFishermen 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 Fisherman 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 Fisherman 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 Fisherman 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.

Fisherman Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Fisherman code 8262 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. Fisherman 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 Fishermen is the Fisheries Council of Canada.

Emigrate Canada are the Fishing Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Fishing 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 Fisherman

Fisherman: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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