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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Journalist in 2023

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

Immigrate to Canada as a Journalist in 2023

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


Migrate to Canada as a Journalist

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Journalist is 5123. This is also known as the NOC Code for Reporters and Critics.

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

For starters, Journalists are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Journalists 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 Journalists on the NOC is 5123

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


 Journalists 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.

Journalists looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5123, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • anchorman/woman
  • art critic
  • book critic
  • book reviewer
  • broadcast journalist
  • chronicler
  • columnist
  • commentator
  • correspondent
  • critic
  • culinary journalist
  • cyberjournalist
  • cyberreporter
  • drama critic
  • entertainment columnist
  • fashion columnist
  • feature reporter
  • field reporter
  • film critic
  • financial reporter
  • foreign affairs reporter
  • foreign correspondent
  • foreign news correspondent
  • headline writer
  • investigative reporter
  • journalist
  • law reporter
  • literary critic
  • movie critic
  • multimedia information trader
  • music critic
  • music reviewer
  • netsurfer
  • network reporter
  • news analyst
  • news analyst – broadcasting
  • news commentator
  • news commentator – broadcasting
  • news correspondent
  • news reporter
  • news writer – international broadcasting
  • newscast correspondent
  • newspaper correspondent
  • newspaper critic
  • newspaper Journalistial writer
  • newspaper reporter
  • newspaper writer
  • on-line chronicler
  • on-line columnist
  • political analyst – radio or television
  • political columnist
  • political reporter
  • press reporter
  • program researcher – radio or television
  • radio commentator
  • radio researcher
  • reporter
  • society columnist
  • society journalist
  • society reporter
  • sports columnist
  • sports reporter
  • sports writer – journalism
  • staff writer – newspaper
  • stock market reporter
  • television news anchorperson
  • television researcher
  • theatre critic

All these roles held by a Journalist are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5123.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Journalist.

In general Journalists 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:

Journalists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Collect local, national and international news through interviews, investigation and observation
  • Write news stories for publication and broadcast
  • Receive, analyze and verify news and other copy for accuracy
  • Arrange for and conduct interviews as part of research and for radio and television programs
  • Research and report on developments in specialized fields such as medicine, science and technology
  • Prepare regular feature columns and stories on specialized topics
  • Write Journalistials and commentaries on topics of current interest to stimulate public interest and express the views of a publication or broadcasting station
  • Write critical reviews of literary, musical and other artistic works based on knowledge, judgement and experience.
  • Journalists may specialize in print, broadcast or Webcast media, in particular issues such as political affairs or entertainment news, or in a particular geographic area.

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 writing Industry Workers desk that only represents writing 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 Journalist

Employment requirements

  • A university degree or college diploma in journalism or a related field such as communications is usually required.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Journalist

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 Journalists 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 Journalist 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 Journalist 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 Journalist 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.

 Journalist Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Journalist code 5123 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. Journalist 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 Journalists is the Canadian Association of Journalists.


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Immigrate to Canada as a Journalist in 2023