Immigrate to Canada as a School Principal

Can I immigrate to Canada as a School Principal?

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

Migrate to Canada as a School Principal 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a School Principal is 0422. This is also known as the NOC Code for Headmasters.

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

For starters, School Principals are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for School Principals 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 School Principals on the NOC is 0422

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


School Principals 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.

School Principals looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 0422, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • Aboriginal school principal
  • academic superintendent
  • area superintendent – schools
  • assistant district school superintendent
  • assistant principal
  • assistant school district superintendent
  • assistant superintendent of schools
  • associate superintendent – schools
  • board of education administrator
  • business college principal
  • chief superintendent – schools
  • college principal – secondary level
  • community school principal
  • deputy superintendent – schools
  • director of education – correctional institution
  • director of school for the blind or deaf
  • director of school for the hearing impaired
  • director of school for the visually impaired
  • district school assistant superintendent
  • district school superintendent
  • elementary school principal
  • hall principal – secondary school
  • high school principal
  • Native school principal
  • principal
  • private primary college principal
  • private school headmaster/mistress
  • private school principal
  • regional schools superintendent
  • regional superintendent – schools
  • school board administrator
  • school district assistant superintendent
  • school district superintendent
  • school principal
  • school superintendent
  • school vice-principal
  • secondary school principal
  • superintendent of academic affairs
  • superintendent of education programs
  • superintendent of education programs in public schools
  • superintendent of educational services
  • superintendent of elementary education
  • superintendent of elementary schools
  • superintendent of operations – schools
  • superintendent of professional development – schools
  • superintendent of secondary schools
  • superintendent of special education
  • superintendent of student services
  • technical high school principal
  • vocational high school principal

All these roles held by a School Principal are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 0422.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a School Principal.

In general School Principals 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:

School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education perform some or all of the following duties:

School principals

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through department heads or supervisors, the activities of teachers and support staff
  • Review programs to ensure conformance to school board or provincial standards and develop programs within limits of authority
  • Co-ordinate teaching activities of the institution by making personnel assignments, determining class size and preparing timetables
  • Organize and maintain procedures for the keeping of records
  • Prepare and administer institution or program budget
  • Direct and co-ordinate school maintenance services and the use of school facilities
  • May recruit and hire teachers and other staff
  • May teach.

Administrators of elementary and secondary education

  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through school principals, the academic affairs of a school district
  • Evaluate curriculum, teaching methods and community participation in programs for a school district and revise programs as required
  • Develop and administer programs for the education and training of students and adults
  • Make recommendations concerning the annual operating budget of a school district
  • Direct or supervise the recruitment, appointment, training, evaluation and promotion of teaching personnel.

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 Education Industry Workers desk that only represents Education 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 School Principal 

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in education is required.
  • A master’s degree in education may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a senior teacher or department head are required.
  • A teacher’s certificate for the province of employment is required.
  • School principals may require a principal’s certificate.
  • Administrators of elementary and secondary education may require a supervisory officer certificate.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a School Principal 

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 School Principals 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 School Principal 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 School Principal 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 School Principal 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.

 School Principal Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the School Principal  code 0422 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. School Principal 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 School Principals is the Canadian Association of School Principals.

Emigrate Canada are the Education Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Education 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 School Principal 

 School Principal : Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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