Immigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Virtual AssistantThis article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant with or without a Job offer. There are thousands of Virtual Assitants just like you emigrating to Canada next year. Find out how to join them. With the right Virtual Assitant skills Canada Wants You!
Can I immigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant?
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant you’re in luck! Virtual Assistants 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.
Migrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant
Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant is 1241. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Virtual Assistant.
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 Virtual Assistant you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Virtual Assistants are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Virtual Assistants 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 Virtual Assistants on the NOC is under Administrative Assistants Code 1241
This is great news for Virtual Assistants 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 Virtual Assistant looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Virtual Assistants 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.
Virtual Assistants looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 1241, might be employed under work titles including:
All these roles held by a Virtual Assistant are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 1241.
- administrative assistant
- administrative assistant – office
- administrative secretary
- appointment secretary
- church secretary
- contracts secretary
- executive secretary (except legal and medical)
- finance secretary
- human resources secretary
- loans and grants administrative assistant
- office administrative assistant
- Virtual secretary
- private secretary
- recording secretary
- sales secretary
- school secretary
- secretary (except legal and medical)
- secretary, church
- secretary, school
- taxation service secretary
- technical secretary
Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant.
In general Virtual Assistants moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Main duties of a Virtual Assistant emigrating to Canada
Administrative assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
- Prepare, key in, edit and proofread correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material from machine dictation and handwritten copy
- Open and distribute incoming regular and electronic mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments and organizations
- Schedule and confirm appointments and meetings of employer
- Order office supplies and maintain inventory
- Answer telephone and electronic enquiries and relay telephone calls and messages
- Set up and maintain manual and computerized information filing systems
- Determine and establish office procedures
- Greet visitors, ascertain nature of business and direct visitors to employer or appropriate person
- Record and prepare minutes of meetings
- Arrange travel schedules and make reservations
- May compile data, statistics and other information to support research activities
- May supervise and train office staff in procedures and in use of current software.
- May organize conferences
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 Office and Administrative Workers desk that only represents Office Based 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 Virtual Assistant
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Completion of a one- or two-year college or other program for administrative assistants or Virtual Assistants or Previous clerical experience is required.
We represent Virtual Assistants 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 Virtual Assistant
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 factors 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 Virtual Assistant 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 Virtual Assistant 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 Virtual Assistant 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.
Virtual Assistant Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Virtual Assistant code 1241 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. Virtual Assistant Jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work life balance. Additionally Virtual Assistants in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the Country.
The industry body for Virtual Assistants is the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union.
Emigrate Canada are the Virtual Assistant Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Administrative 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 Virtual Assistant
Author: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert
Immigrate to Canada as a Virtual Assistant