If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as an Oceanographer you’re in luck! Oceanographers 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 Oceanographer and have been working as an Oceanographer you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.
Migrate to Canada as an Oceanographer
Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as an Oceanographer is 2113. This is also known as the NOC Code for Geologist.
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 Oceanographer you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Oceanographers are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Oceanographers 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 Oceanographers on the NOC is 2113
This is great news for Oceanographers 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 Oceanographer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Managers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
Geoscientists perform some or all of the following duties:
Conduct theoretical and applied research to extend knowledge of surface and subsurface features of the earth, its history and the operation of physical, chemical and biological systems that control its evolution
Plan, direct and participate in geological, geochemical and geophysical field studies, drilling and geological testing programs
Plan and conduct seismic, geodetic, electromagnetic, magnetic, gravimetric, radiometric, radar and other remote sensing programs
Plan, direct and participate in analyses of geological, geochemical and geophysical survey data, well logs and other test results, maps, notes and cross sections
Develop models and applied software for the analysis and interpretation of data
Plan and conduct analytical studies of core samples, drill cuttings and rock samples to identify chemical, mineral, hydrocarbon and biological composition and to assess depositional environments and geological age
Assess the size, orientation and composition of mineral ore bodies and hydrocarbon deposits
Identify deposits of construction materials and determine their characteristics and suitability for use as concrete aggregates, road fill or for other applications
Conduct geological and geophysical studies for regional development and advise in areas such as site selection, waste management and restoration of contaminated sites
Recommend the acquisition of lands, exploration and mapping programs and mine development
Identify and advise on anticipated natural risks such as slope erosion, landslides, soil instability, subsidence, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions
May supervise and co-ordinate well drilling, completion and work-overs and mining activities.
Geologists may specialize in fields such as coal geology, environmental geology, geochronology, hydrogeology, mineral deposits or mining, petroleum geology, stratigraphy, tectonics, volcanology or in other fields.
Geochemists may specialize in analytical geochemistry, hydrogeochemistry, mineral or petroleum geochemistry or in other fields.
Geophysicists may specialize in areas, such as petroleum geology, earth physics, geodesy, geoelectromagnetism, seismology or in other fields.
Oceanographers perform some or all of the following duties:
Conduct theoretical and applied oceanographic research programs and expeditions to extend knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological properties and functioning of oceans
Plan, direct and participate in sampling and analysis of seawater, plankton, fish, sediments and rocks
Study physical properties of oceans to develop models, charts and computer simulations of ocean conditions, such as tides, waves, currents and sediment transport
Explore ocean floor and submarine geological structures, conduct seismic surveys and study formation of ocean basins and other structures to map ocean floor, coastal erosion, sediment accumulation and areas for offshore oil and gas exploration
Plan and conduct investigations on ocean chemical properties and processes, ocean floor and marine atmosphere and undersea volcanoes to study impacts of environmental changes
Study marine life and interaction with physical and chemical environments to assess impacts of pollutants on marine ecology and to develop ecologically-based methods of seafarming.
Oceanographers may specialize in biological, chemical, geological or physical oceanography, or in other fields related to the study of oceans.
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 Science Industry Workers desk that only represents Science 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 Oceanographer
Geoscientists require a university degree in geology, geochemistry, geophysics or a related discipline.
A master’s or doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, mathematics or engineering may be required for employment as a geophysicist.
Registration with a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers, geologists, geophysicists or geoscientists is usually required for employment and is mandatory to practice in all provinces and territories except Prince Edward Island and the Yukon.
Geologists and geophysicists are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program and after several years of supervised work experience and, in some provinces, after passing a professional practice examination.
Oceanographers require a university degree in science, mathematics, statistics or engineering and usually require a graduate degree in oceanography.
How to Immigrate to Canada as an Oceanographer
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 Oceanographers 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 Oceanographer 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 Oceanographer 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 Oceanographer 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.
Oceanographer Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Oceanographer code 2113 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. Oceanographer 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 Oceanographers is the Canadian Association of Oceanographers.
Emigrate Canada are the Science Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Science 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.