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Migrate to Canada as as a Chemical Engineer (NOC 21320)

Canada has a critical shortage of qualified Chemical Engineers. If you are a Chemical Engineer, with at least 1 years experience then you are eligible to migrate to Canada provided you can score 67 CRS points and have a positive Education Credential Assessment.


Qualified Chemical Engineers are eligible for full Permanent Residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Program and Provincial Nomination Programs.

Criteria to Migrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer


  • hold bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering
  • hold a master’s degree or doctorate
  • licensing by a provincial or association
  • pass a language test
  • lodge an Express Entry application
  • receive an Invitation to Apply
  • pay the Visa Fees
  • pass Health and Character Checks

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer 


To immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer you’ll already need to be a licensed Engineer in your home country.


Additionally, you need to demonstrate that you’re qualified to the same level as someone qualified and working as a Chemical Engineer in Canada.


The steps to move to Canada as a Chemical Engineer Engineer are:


  • Pass the Educational Credential Assessment


  • Pass an English or French Language Test


  • Get licensed as an Engineer in Canada


  • Submit an Express Entry Application


  • Apply for Jobs


  • Apply for Provincial Nomination


  • Receive an Invitation to Apply


  • Complete the Formal Application


  • Emigrate to Canada


The process of getting your Chemical Engineering skills, experience and qualifications verified in Canada is called ‘Skills and Qualification Assessment’ and it serves two purposes.


-With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite CRS points


-Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Canada Equivalent Qualification and is used for your relevant professional registrations and licensing. Having your Chemical Engineering skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a Chemical Engineer in Canada from day one.

Chemical Engineer Job Titles that can apply to Migrate to Canada


Chemical Engineers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 21320, might be currently employed under work titles including:


Chemical Engineers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2134, might be employed under work titles including:


  • adhesives engineer
  • biochemical engineer
  • biotechnical engineer
  • chemical coating engineer
  • chemical engineer
  • chemical project engineer
  • chief chemical engineer
  • chief process engineer
  • electrochemical engineer
  • explosives engineer
  • liquid fuels engineer
  • petrochemical engineer
  • plastics engineer
  • polymer engineer
  • pulp and paper engineer
  • refinery engineer


Chemical engineers perform some or all of the following duties:


-Conduct economic and technical feasibility studies in areas related to chemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, food or other processing industries.


-Conduct research into the development or improvement of chemical engineering processes, reactions and materials.


-Evaluate chemical process technology and equipment and determine production specifications.


-Design and test chemical processing and associated plants and equipment.


-Oversee the construction, modification, operation and maintenance of pilot plants, processing units or processing plants.


-Establish and conduct quality control programs, operating procedures and control strategies to ensure consistency and adherence to standards for raw materials, products and waste products or emissions.


-Prepare contract documents and evaluate tenders for the process aspects of industrial construction.


-Supervise technicians, technologists and other engineers.


-May work in an administrative capacity, for example, in the development of guidelines and specifications for the handling of dangerous chemicals, environmental protection, or standards for foods, materials and consumer goods.


As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity.


Chemical Engineering jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance.


Additionally, Chemical Engineers in Canada are highly unionised which has been instrumental in championing better pay and conditions.


Chemical Engineers in Canada can join the Chemical Institute of Canada which represents Chemical Engineers and the Chemistry industry.

What Canada Visas are available for Chemical Engineers?

Federal Skilled Worker Program


Candidates receiving an invitation must submit a complete application within 60 days.


All candidates applying under the FSW must have suitable education, work experience, age and language ability in English or French.


To qualify for admission to the Express Entry Pool under the FSWP, applicants must:


  • possess one-year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment within the previous 10 years and;


  • that work experience must be classified under the TEER categories 0 (management occupations), 1 (occupations that usually require a university degree) and;


  • score 67 points under the skilled worker point grid.


The applicant must also undergo language testing in English or French corresponding to the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7.


Provincial Nominee Program


Chemical engineers can also improve their chances of gaining their permanent residency by getting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination from British Columbia.


Canada’s westernmost province, its BC PNP Tech Pilot prioritizes 29 occupations for immigration to British Columbia, including that of chemical engineer.


Internationally qualified Chemical Engineers who want to immigrate to Canada can do so through one the three  system programs and apply for permanent residency.

Can my family join me when I immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer?

Yes, the rights and privileges afforded to the main visa holder are passed onto partners and children automatically. In fact, your partners skills, education and qualifications may even make your overall application even stronger.

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer without a job offer?

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 a Chemical Engineer Canada Express Entry profile.


Securing a job offer will give you an instant CRS points boost so it makes sense to start this process as soon as possible.

How will I be selected to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer?

The CIC draws the top candidates from the Express Entry pool and issues them an Invitation to Apply based on how many Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points they have obtained.


A perfect Comprehensive Ranking Score is 1200. An offer of arranged employment in Canada or a provincial nomination certificate is worth significant points.


Should you score over the current required minimum CRS score on your Express Entry then there is a good chance you’ll be able to Immigrate to Canada as an Chemical Engineer without a Job Offer or Provincial Nomination.


Should you score less than the current minimum consider Provincial Nomination or securing a job offer.

What is the age limit to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer?

There is no age limit to Immigrate to Canada as an Chemical Engineer, although the older applicants are, the less CRS points they will get under the age factor.


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What is the process to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer?

It is possible to Immigrate to Canada as a Chemical Engineer in three ways:


1. Directly through Express Entry

2. With a Job Offer

3. With Provincial Nomination


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:


  • Age
  • Qualifications
  • English ability
  • French ability
  • Your partner’s skills
  • Work experience


As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67.


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 Professional Qualification 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.