This article describes in detail how to Immigrate to Canada as a Musician with or without a Job offer. There are thousands of musicians just like you emigrating to Canada next year. Find out how to join them. With the right Musician skills, Canada Wants You!
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Musician you’re in luck! Musicians 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 a Musician and have been working as a Musician you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.
Migrate to Canada as a Musician
Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Musician is 5133. This is also known as the NOC Code for a Musician.
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 a Musician, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Musicians are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Musicians 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 Musicians on the NOC is 5133
This is great news for Musicians 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 a Musician looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Musicians from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Musicians looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5133, might be employed under work titles including:
- accordion teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- back-up musician
- bass drum teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- bass player
- bassoon teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- blues Musician
- cello teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- church organist
- concert Musician
- folk Musician
- gospel Musician
- guitar player
- horn player
- horn teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- instrumental music teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- instrumental musician
- lied Musician
- music teacher – musicians
- music teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- musical interpreter
- opera Musician
- organ teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- piano teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- pop Musician
- recital Musician
- recording artist
- rehearsal musician
- rock Musician
- session musician
- street musician
- tuba player
- viola teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- violin teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- vocal music teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
- vocal soloist
- voice teacher – music
- voice teacher – private, conservatory or studio lessons
All these roles held by a Musician are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5133.
Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Musician.
In general Musicians moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
- Play one or more instruments as soloists or as members of a musical group before audiences or for recording purposes.
- Sing musical arrangements as soloists or as members of vocal groups before audiences or for recording purposes.
Teachers of music or voice
- Teach technique, interpretation and music theory to students through private or group lessons.
- Musicians and Musicians usually specialize in specific genres of music such as classical, country, ethnic, jazz, opera or popular music.
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 Music Industry Workers desk that only represents Music 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 a Musician
- Musical training from a university or college or through private instruction is usually required.
- Members of orchestras and other professional classical musicians and Musicians usually require a university degree in music.
- Musical talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
- Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.
We represent Musicians from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Musician
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
Take our free online visa assessment for an up-to-date report on whether you have enough points to immigrate to Canada as a Musician 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.