Immigrate to Canada as a Herbalist

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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Herbalist

This article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Herbalist with or without a Job offer.

Immigrate to Canada as a Herbalist in 2023

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


Migrate to Canada as a Herbalist

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Herbalist is 3232. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Natural Healer.

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

For starters, Herbalists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Herbalists 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 Herbalists on the NOC is 3232

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

Herbalists 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.

Herbalists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 3232, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • acupressure therapist
  • acupuncturist
  • aromatherapist
  • auriculotherapist
  • ayurvedic practitioner
  • certified iridologist
  • certified reflexologist
  • certified rolfer
  • certified rolfing movement teacher
  • chartered herbalist
  • Chinese medicine doctor (CMD)
  • Chinese medicine practitioner
  • clinical hypnotherapist
  • doctor of acupuncture
  • doctor of Chinese medicine
  • doctor of homeopathic therapeutics
  • doctor of homeopathy
  • doctor of Oriental medicine
  • herb practitioner
  • herbal practitioner
  • herbal specialist
  • herbalist
  • herbologist
  • herbology practitioner
  • herborist
  • holistic practitioner
  • homeopath
  • homeopathic physician
  • homeopathic practitioner
  • homeopathist
  • hypnotherapist
  • iridologist
  • medical Qi gong practitioner
  • naturopathy practitioner
  • Oriental medical practitioner
  • osteopath – manual therapy
  • osteopathic manual practitioner
  • osteopathic manual therapist
  • reflexologist
  • registered acupuncture practitioner
  • remedial herbalist
  • remedial herbologist
  • rolfer
  • rolfing movement teacher
  • shaman
  • shiatsu therapist
  • traditional Chinese medicine practitioner


All these roles held by a Natural Healer are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 3232.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Herbalist.

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

Main duties

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

Traditional Herbalists

  • Diagnose the diseases, physiological disorders and injuries of patients
  • Treat them using raw herbs and other medicines, dietary supplements or acupuncture.


  • Diagnose symptoms, physiological disorders and injuries of patients
  • Treat them by the insertion of acupuncture needles or through stimulation techniques such as acupressure, moxibustion, cupping or electrical current.


  • Assess patients and advise them on the use of herbs for the treatment of conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, skin disorders and stomach ailments
  • May cultivate herbs and manufacture and sell herbal compounds.

Osteopathic manual therapists

  • Diagnose, treat and manage musculoskeletal and other related disorders of the body’s structure by moving, stretching, and massaging a patients’ muscles and joints to correct biomechanical dysfunctions.


  • Assess illnesses and treat them by administering, in chemical or herbal form, a small dosage of a remedy made from natural substances or by suggesting lifestyle changes.


  • Apply gentle finger pressure to specific spots on the clients’ feet or hands to promote relaxation and better health and well-being.


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 Health Industry Workers desk that only represents Health 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 Herbalist

  • Traditional Herbalists usually require completion of a three- to four-year diploma program in traditional Chinese medicine from a private institute or completion of a program in traditional Chinese medicine from recognized medical schools abroad.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for traditional Herbalists in Ontario and British Columbia.
  • Herbalists usually require completion of a three-year diploma program in acupuncture from a private institute or completion of some university undergraduate studies in science and training in a related health care discipline or work experience under the supervision of a registered Herbalist.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for Herbalists in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Osteopathic manual therapists require completion of a four- to five- year college program in osteopathy.
  • Herbalists usually require completion of a three-year diploma program in Herbalisty.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for Herbalists in Ontario.
  • Other occupations in this unit group usually require completion of training programs specific to their type of practice and some supervised practical training.

We represent Herbalists 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 Herbalist

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 fHerbalists 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 Herbalist 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 Herbalist 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 Herbalist 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.

Herbalist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Herbalist code 3232 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. Herbalist 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 Herbalists is the Canadian Natural Health Practitioners.


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