Immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter
How to Immigrate to Canada as an InterpreterThis article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter with or without a Job offer. There are thousands of Interpreters just like you emigrating to Canada next year. Find out how to join them. With the right Interpreter skills, Canada Wants You!
Can I immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter?
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter you’re in luck! Interpreters 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 an Interpreter and have been working as an Interpreter you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.
Migrate to Canada as an Interpreter
Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as an Interpreter is 5125. This is also known as the NOC Code for Interpreters.
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 Interpreter you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Interpreters are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Interpreters 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 Interpreters on the NOC is 5125
This is great news for Interpreters 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 Interpreter looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Interpreters 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.
Interpreters looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5125, might be employed under work titles including:
- American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter
- certified interpreter (C.Int.)
- certified terminologist (C.Term.)
- certified Interpreter (C.Tr.)
- community interpreter
- conference interpreter
- consecutive interpreter
- court interpreter
- cultural interpreter
- cultural or international adaptation specialist
- deaf interpreter
- educational interpreter
- elbow interpreter
- escort interpreter
- foreign broadcast Interpreter
- foreign news Interpreter
- interpreter for persons who are deaf
- jurilinguist Interpreter
- legal terminologist
- legal Interpreter
- literary Interpreter
- medical terminologist
- medical Interpreter
- oral interpreter
- Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) interpreter
- relay interpreter
- reviser – translation
- scientific Interpreter
- sign language interpreter
- sign language platform interpreter
- simultaneous interpreter
- tactile interpreter
- technical Interpreter
- terminology advisor
- Interpreter adaptor
- visual language interpreter
All these roles held by an Interpreter are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5125.
Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter.
In general Interpreters moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:
Interpreters perform some or all of the following duties:
Interpreters and Interpreter-revisers
- Translate a variety of written material such as correspondence, reports, legal documents, technical specifications and textbooks from one language to another, maintaining the content, context and style of the original material to the greatest extent possible
- Localize software and accompanying technical documents to adapt them to another language and culture
- Revise and correct translated material
- May train and supervise other Interpreters.
- Identify the terminology used in a field of activity
- Conduct terminological research on a given subject or in response to inquiries for the preparation of glossaries, terminology banks, technological files, dictionaries, lexicons and resource centres, and add to terminological databases
- Manage, update and circulate linguistic information collected from terminological databases
- Provide consultative services to Interpreters, interpreters and technical writers preparing legal, scientific or other documents that require specialized terminologies.
- Interpret oral communication from one language to another aloud or using electronic equipment, either simultaneously (as the speaker speaks), consecutively (after the speaker speaks) or whispered (speaking in a low whisper to one or two persons as the speaker is talking)
- Provide interpretation services in court or before administrative tribunals
- May interpret language for individuals and small groups travelling in Canada and abroad
- May interpret for persons speaking an Aboriginal or foreign language in a variety of circumstances
- May train other interpreters.
- Interpreters, terminologists and interpreters specialize in two languages, such as French and English, the official languages of Canada. They may also specialize in another language and one of the official languages. The main areas of specialization include administrative, literary, scientific and technical translation. Interpreters may specialize in court, parliamentary or conference interpretation.
Sign language interpreters
- Translate sign language to a spoken language and vice versa either simultaneously or consecutively.
- Sign language interpreters work in French and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) or in English and American Sign Language (ASL).
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 Language Industry Workers desk that only represents Language 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 an Interpreter
- A university degree or college diploma in journalism or a related field such as communications is usually required.
How to Immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter
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 for Interpreters 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 Interpreter 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 an Interpreter 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 Interpreter 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.
Interpreter Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Interpreter code 5125 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. Interpreter 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 Interpreters is the Canadian Association of Interpreters.
Emigrate Canada are the Language Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Language 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 an Interpreter
Interpreter: Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert
Immigrate to Canada as an Interpreter