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NOC 5221 Photographers

You can find your NOC code by searching the NOC matrix either by your industry, or by keywords such as your job title. Be sure to check that the lead statement matches your job description, and that you perform the majority of the duties and responsibilities listed under the NOC code.

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5221 is the National Occupation Classification Code for Photographers used by Canada Immigration. Identifying yourself with 5221 is the first step in working out whether you have a chance at Immigrating to Canada.

What is NOC 5221

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system for describing occupations including Financial auditors and accountants. The NOC is often used by employers to help them write job descriptions and identify skill requirements for new job postings. The NOC is also used by Canada Immigration to identify skills shortages in the Canadian job market.

If your job role or job description closely matches that of  Photographers then your NOC Code will be {Nownoc}.

Finding your NOC code is the first step in applying to Immigrate to Canada.

Knowing your NOC Code will allow you to assess whether you have the right skills and qualifications required for emigrating to Canada under NOC 5221 Photographers. It will also help you determine which Canada Visas you may be eligible for.

Is my code NOC 5221 for Photographers?

If you have been employed directly in the area of Photographers then the Canadian Immigration code will be NOC 5221.

If you are looking at immigrating to Canada with NOC 5221 your job will likely fall under the broad category of Photographers and the following job description will broadly match your day to day responsibilities:

NOC 5221 Description

“Photographers operate still cameras to photograph people, events, scenes, materials, products and other subjects. Photographers are employed by photographic studios, newspapers, magazines, museums and government, or they may be self-employed.”

NOC 5221 Skill Level

Canadian Immigration places a Skill Level against the code 5221 Photographers. This Skill Level is designed so that only suitable qualified and experienced individuals emigrate to Canada under Code 5221.

The Photographers Skill Level is set by Immigration Canada, and is representative of the level of qualifications desirable and acceptable for someone already holding the role of Photographers in Canada presently. The level for NOC 5221 Photographers “is Skill Level B which means the requirement is two to three years of post-secondary education at community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP, or Two to five years of apprenticeship training. Alternatively, three to four years of secondary school and more than two years of on-the-job training, occupation-specific training courses or specific work experience may be acceptable.”

If you do not have the required Skill Level then take our Free Visa Assessment to work out your other options.

Canada Visa Options for NOC 5221

There are a number of Canada Visa options for National Occupation Code 5221. These include:

Canada Experience Class

Federal Skilled Visas

Provincial Nomination

In order to be eligible for one of the visas you’ll first need to submit your Express Entry application under National Occupation Code 5221. Some provinces have different requirements for Provincial Nominations and regional programs so take our Free Visa Assessment for your options.

Is NOC 5221 in demand in Canada

5221Photographers is is Unprecedented demand across Canada. This means that currently, according to Statistics Canada, the role of Photographers in Canada currently has more jobs advertised than available candidates. It is anticipated that over the next 18 to 24 months the Canadian Skills shortage for the National Occupation Code 5221 will be filled by highly skilled and motivated newcomers to Canada.

New NOC details for Photographers 5221

Every few years Canadian Immigration update their National Occupation Classification List based on job demand, skills shortage, previous immigration and future plans including economic growth.

The current NOC List is currently being updated. Details for NOC 5221Photographers will change in late 2022 to the following:

Photographers will be classed as Photographers

The NOC Code of 5221 will change to NOC 53110

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