Immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer
How to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer?
Can I immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer?
If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer you’re in luck! Electrical Engineers 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.
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 an Electrical Engineer, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Electrical Engineers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Electrical Engineers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).
The code for Electrical Engineers on the NOC is 2133
This is great news for qualified Electrical Engineers 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 an Electrical Engineer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Electrical Engineers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Electrical Engineer Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Job Titles to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2131, might be employed under work titles including:
analogue amplifier design engineer
audio engineer – electricity and electronics
broadcasting professional engineer
chief electrical engineer
chief electronics engineer
chief engineer – electric power
chief engineer – radio and television broadcasting
circuit design engineer
control systems engineer
design and development engineer – electrical and electronic systems
digital circuit design engineer
displays and controls design engineer
electrical and electronics research engineer
electrical design engineer
electrical distribution engineer
electrical distribution planning engineer
electrical energy transmission engineer
electrical energy transmission planning engineer
electrical equipment engineer
electrical network engineer
electrical power scheduling engineer
electrical power systems design engineer
electrical power systems service engineer
electrical process control engineer
electrical research engineer
electrical systems planning engineer
electrical systems protection engineer
electronics research engineer
electronics test engineer
instrumentation and control engineer
line construction engineer
low voltage equipment engineer
overhead electrical distribution engineer
process instrumentation engineer
protective relay engineer
radio and television broadcasting design engineer
radio and television broadcasting systems design engineer
radio research engineer
research engineer – nanoelectronics
roadway lighting design engineer
rural electrification engineer
satellite antenna engineer
satellite instrumentation engineer
spacecraft electronics engineer
technical services electrical engineer
television systems engineer
underground electrical distribution engineer
All these roles held by Electrical Engineers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7251
Skills Required to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer
In general, Electrical Engineers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Conduct research into the feasibility, design, operation and performance of electrical generation and distribution networks, electrical machinery and components and electronic communications, instrumentation and control systems, equipment, and components
Prepare material cost and timing estimates, reports and design specifications for electrical and electronic systems and equipment
Design electrical and electronic circuits, components, systems and equipment
Conduct micro or nanodevices simulations, characterization, process modeling and integration in the development of new electronic devices and products
Supervise and inspect the installation, modification, testing and operation of electrical and electronic systems and equipment
Develop maintenance and operating standards for electrical and electronic systems and equipment
Investigate electrical or electronic failures
Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for construction or maintenance
Supervise technicians, technologists, programmers, analysts and other engineers.
Whilst the above is meant as a general guide, 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 Engineers Canada desk that only represents qualified Engineers 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 an Electrical Engineer
A bachelor’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering or in an appropriate related engineering discipline is required.
A master’s or doctoral degree in a related engineering discipline may be required.
Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.
Don’t be put off if you don’t have all the above qualifications, not all are needed jointly. In many cases, your bachelor’s degree and experience are what is required to get started. Talk to us about your specific circumstances by completing the Free Online Visa Assessment
We represent Electrical Engineers 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 an Electrical Engineer
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 an Electrical Engineer 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 Professional Qualification 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.
Electrical Engineering Skills and Qualification Equivalence Assessment
The process of getting your Electrical Engineering skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills and Qualification Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Electrical Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.
Canada Electrical Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Canada Equivalent Qualification and is used for your relevant professional registrations so having your Electrical Engineering skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as an Electrical Engineer in Canada from day one.
How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer
As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Electrical Engineer Canada account manager will arrange for your Professional Qualification equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.
Can I immigrate to Canada as an Electrical Engineer 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 an Electrical Engineer 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 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.
Electrical Engineering Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Electrical Engineer code 2133 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.
As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Electrical Engineering jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Electrical Engineers 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 Canadian Society of Electrical and Computer Engineers can provide more information and membership for Qualified Electrical Engineers in Canada.
Emigrate Canada are the Electrical Engineer Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Skilled Engineering desk ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.