How To Work In Canada As A Photographer-Are you a photographer and you are looking for the best country to immigrate to where you have lots of job opportunities even as a photographer, then you shouldn’t look too far as Canada is the best place to be.
Photographers are surprisingly among the jobs that are in demand in Canada and so if you have been working as a photographer, here is your chance to immigrate to Canada.
Canada has an Immigration target of inviting about 432,000 new immigrants to the country this year to meet up with its target of 1.3 million immigrants in the next three years according to its Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024.
This is in a bid to bring in immigrants to come fill up labour shortages in the country in a way to recover from the pandemic hit in 2020.
If you are a photographer, you can actually immigrate to Canada with or without a job offer from an employer in any of the province in Canada.
Every occupation on Canada NOC list has an immigration code and the code for those looking to immigrate and work in Canada as a photographer is 5221. It is also the NOC code for a News Photographer.
We will be showing you how you can move to Canada and work as a photographer as there are over 90 immigration programs through which you can go through to move to Canada but as a photographer, we will be showing you the best immigration programs for you.
Job Title For Photographers In Canada
We will be showing you some of the job titles that are available for photographers in Canada and they are:
- Aerial photographer
- Chief photographer
- Commercial photographer
- Evidence photographer – forensic
- Fashion photographer
- Finish photographer
- Forensic photographer
- Industrial photographer
- Medical photographer
- Multimedia photographer
- Multimedia picture illustrator
- News photographer
- Photography supervisor
- Police photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Racetrack finish photographer
- Retoucher – photography
- Scientific photographer
- Still photographer
- Street photographer
- Wildlife photographer
All these roles held by a Photographer are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5221.
Duties Of A Photographer
- They study the requirements of a particular assignment and then decide on type of camera, film, lighting and background accessories to be used
- They operate computers to manipulate photographic images
- They may use delicate instruments like optical microscopes attached to cameras
- They may operate scanners to transfer photographic images
- They may adapt existing photographic images and create new digitized images to be included in multimedia products
- They determine picture composition, make technical adjustments to equipment and photograph subject.
- Medical photographers may work closely with medical illustrators.
Qualifications To Work In Canada As A Photographer
For you to work in Canada as a photographer, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in visual arts with specialization in photography or complete a specialized training in photography in high school, college, specialized training schools or on-the-job training.
You must have creative and technical ability
You must have experience in or knowledge of computerized photography or digital imaging may be required.
How To Immigrate To Canada As A Photographer
Like we mentioned earlier that there are over 90 immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada but we will be talking about the immigration programs through which photographers can easily immigrate to Canada with or without a job offer.
Express Entry System
This is the most popular immigration program and since its inception in January 2015, it has been the most common economic class immigration program through which new immigrants come to Canada and gain permanent residence.
It is an online immigration program through which skilled workers can immigrate to Canada and start working. It is one of the fastest immigration program in Canada as it takes about six months for applications to be processed and you don’t need a job offer to qualify for the program.
In this program, you will have to create a profile where you will be required to fill in some factors which will be criteria for you to be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
The factors are age, work experience, educational qualification, language fluency test result and proof of funds.
You will be expected to complete your profile within 60 days and after that you will be placed in a pool alongside other candidates and a draw will be conducted to determine applicants that will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency in Canada. The draws are conducted twice in a month.
After you have been given a CRS score and placed in a pool, a draw will be conducted and in the draw, candidates whose CRS score meet or exceed the CRS cut-off score will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
Three immigration streams are managed under the Express Entry and they are:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Provincial Nominee Program
This is another immigration program through which you can immigrate to Canada as it is designed to help the provinces in Canada to help fill up labour shortages in the provinces and there is a cooperation with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which is the immigration department as regards to this program.
Each of the participating provinces in Canada set out its own requirements and is responsible for nominating candidates but this depends on the eligibility of the candidates and if they meet the requirement of the provinces’ nomination program and then the Canadian Government through the IRCC will then approve the candidates invitation to Canada.
There are eleven participating provinces that have their own PNPs.
Can I Immigrate To Canada As A Photographer Without A Job Offer?
Yes you can actually move to Canada as a photographer even without a job offer especially going through the Express Entry System. If you have a high total CRS score on your Express Entry System and also meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa.
Although securing a job offer in Canada will increasing your chances of getting permanent residence in Canada as it will increase your CRS score by giving you instant 200 points.
From all we have said so far, you will see that Canada is one of the best countries to immigrate to and as a photographer; there are opportunities for you in Canada.
We have shown you the best immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada and work as a photographer but to have an edge and bring yourself closer to working in Canada, get a job offer from an employer as a photographer as this will increase your chances of successfully immigrating to Canada under any of the programs we discussed.
You can also show interest in a particular province by including it in your Express Entry profile as this will also increase your chances of being nominated by the province.