Are you a qualified optician considering immigration? If so look no further than the beautiful North American country of Canada. The advantages of immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker are plentiful, including a better quality of life, permanent residency in as little as six months and even free healthcare.
Because of low population growth immigration has become Canada’s answer to narrowing the employment gap. This means they are more welcoming to immigrants than ever as provinces open up more and more immigration possibilities in order to boost their own economy. More and more educated people from all over the world are choosing to work in Canada, with over 50% of immigrants having a tertiary education.
By now you must be wondering what your earning potential will be. The average optician salary in Canada is $44,850 per year. On top of that, your value will continue to grow as it is estimated that there will be 5,700 new positions being created over the next few years, with only an estimated 5,100 applicants available to fill them. Ready to improve your life today with a new start and have a verified service assess your eligibility? Simply follow the link below or keep reading for more information on how to immigrate to Canada as an optician.
Which Program is Best Suited For You?
It is important to consider where in Canada you would like to relocate to before starting the process as a number of factors need to be considered such as schools, houses of worship and size of communities. Canada is a multicultural mosaic with hundreds of beautiful towns and cities, so researching beforehand will be very helpful.This is important because there are a number of streams to choose from when immigrating, such as the:
- Provincial Nominee Program;and
- Express Entry system
Provincial Nominee Program
If you already have a province in mind, this is a great program to apply through. Under the PNP each province has its own streams or programs under which it targets certain groups, of which skilled workers are always one. Understanding the process for each province is critical and mistakes can be costly and lead to longer processing times.
If you apply via the paper-based process, you will need to ensure you meet the provinces eligibility requirements, have a medical exam and a police check done and receive a nomination from the province. You will then submit the application for permanent residence to the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). Alternatively, the province may nominate you under the Express Entry system.
Express Entry System
The Express Entry system is a special immigration stream implemented by the Canadian government to attract skilled and semi-skilled foreigners. You can be nominated by a province or create your own profile for the Express Entry system. If a province is interested in your particular set of skills, you will be sent an invitation which you can accept directly. You must, however, still meet the provinces eligibility requirements. Once you have submitted your complete application through the Express Entry system, your status will be determined within six months.
Skilled Worker Eligibility Requirements
This program is for skilled workers with past experience in their respective field
Within the last ten years, you must have at least one year or 1,560 hours of continuous paid work experience in the position/field you are applying for.
You must attain a minimum score of 7 for the Canadian Benchmark Language Test in English or French. The test is comprised of four sections; language, listening, reading and speaking.
Have an Educational Credential Assessment done showing your qualification is equal to its Canadian counterpart.
Proof of Funds
You must be able to prove you have the required funds for you and any dependants to relocate and settle in Canada. If you have a valid job offer, then this is not required.
The following requirements are specific for opticians.
- You will be required to be licensed by the regulatory body for opticians of the province you reside and practice in.
- Further licensing will be required for scope of practice and protected titles depending on the province you practice in.
How We Can Help You
There is a lot of paperwork and boxes to check, which can tend to make the immigration process a little intimidating. Taking the time to chat to one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s) will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. RCIC’s are authorized representatives in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Essentially, they are licensed, qualified individuals who will make the entire time consuming process proceed much smoother and quicker than if you were to handle it yourself. Your application will also have a much higher chance of success for the simple fact that officials favour applications submitted by RCIC’s as they know the application will be complete and correct.
Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. Simply follow the link below to your online evaluation and let us take care of all the fine print while you finalise your plans to live and work in Canada.