There are currently hundreds of jobs available for qualified and experienced pilots looking for new employment opportunities in the Canadian aviation industry. If you immigrate to Canada as an experienced pilot, you can not only earn up to $112,387, but also get permanent residency in Canada with benefits such as free public healthcare and schooling up to twelfth grade for you and your dependents.
The best immigration program for you to come to Canada as a pilot, flight engineer or flight instructor is the Express Entry system. However, if you express interest in a particular province or territory and apply through a Provincial Nominee Program where there is a high demand for your profession, you increase your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada by obtaining a Provincial Nomination (PN). The provinces that are currently in dire need of pilots are Alberta and British Columbia.
This means you may also be eligible to apply under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program, which aims to invite skilled and semi-skilled workers into Canada’s smaller communities.
Although the opportunities are great, the Canadian immigration system can be quite complex and difficult to navigate. There are numerous tests that must be passed to be considered eligible, and a multitude of forms that must be completed and submitted according to government regulations – the process can be quite daunting on your own. One mistake could cost you your visa. So the question becomes, “Is it really worth taking the risk of applying on your own?”
Our RCICs are not only validated by the ICCRC, but have also gone through the process themselves and are therefore highly qualified and very familiar with the immigration process.
Which Provinces Need Pilots?
Although there are openings for qualified pilots across Canada, experienced pilots are most needed in the following provinces:
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Alberta is one of the most beautiful prairie regions in Canada, characterized by vast rolling fields and majestic mountains. The 3 main cities to live and work in include Canmore, Edmonton and Calgary. These cities give you access to all the urban amenities and entertainment you need. The weather is fantastic, housing costs are affordable and the quality of life is exceptional. This includes free healthcare and a free education system, as is common in the rest of the country. When you move to Alberta, you’ll have the Canadian Rockies at your doorstep and you can explore the phenomenal Jasper and Banff National Parks. All in all, Alberta offers only the best of everything you could want in your new home.
Why British Columbia?
British Columbia is one of Canada’s most visited provinces, known for its great weather and expansive, stunning landscapes. With cities like Vancouver (consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work), Fort St. Johns and Whistler on its doorstep, British Columbia (B.C.) is perfect for outdoor adventurers and city dwellers alike. B.C. is also known for its high quality of life, including world-renowned free public health care and high school education, as well as a number of universities, including the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, which ranks second on the list of Canada’s most comprehensive universities. Overall, the cost of living may be slightly higher than other provinces and territories, but the smaller communities offer a very affordable and high quality of life.
How Do I Immigrate to Canada as a Pilot?
Regardless of where you wish to relocate your residence in Canada, there are general requirements that must be met in order for you to apply for Canadian permanent residency as a pilot. You must meet the following basic criteria:
- Completion of secondary school and graduation from a certified flying or aviation school is required;
- A university degree or college diploma may be required;
- A commercial pilot’s licence or an air transport pilot’s licence is required;
- Additional licences or endorsements to fly different types of aircraft are required;
- Flight engineers require a flight engineer licence issued by Transport Canada;
- Structured training is provided by employers.
Below are the top 3 ways to immigrate to Canada as a pilot:
1. The Express Entry system
The Express Entry system was originally introduced to ease immigration access and reduce application processing time to as little as 6 months.
What makes this program unique is that not only are there no educational requirements, but there is also no work requirement, although both could improve your CRS score). Also, all you have to do is create an Express Entry profile that includes information such as your age, education, and work experience and is valid for one year. Your profile is automatically entered into the lottery pools and compared to others every two weeks, which in turn increases your chances of receiving an ITA.
2. The Provincial Nominee Program
Provincial Nominee Programs are for low-skilled applicants who are not necessarily eligible for the Express Entry system, but have work experience and a job in Canada. However, you are limited to working only in that province for your chosen employer for the duration of the visa.
The great thing about PNPs is that some programs have Express Entry streams that allow provinces or territories to select your profile from a draw pool. If you receive a provincial nominee, you automatically receive 600 additional CRS points, which is the maximum number of points you can earn in addition to your core points (based on your education).
I.e.. Core points (max. 600) + additional points (max. 600) = maximum total of 1200.
Since there is a high demand for pilots in Alberta and British Columbia, be sure to check the requirements for each province:
Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (AINP).
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (British Columbia PNP)
3. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
If life in the big city isn’t for you, consider immigrating under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. Claresholm, Alberta and West Kootenay, and Vernon, British Columbia, are among the 11 participating communities. To be eligible, you must have one year of relevant work experience, meet the language requirements applicable to your NOC code (NOC2271), have sufficient funds for settlement, and have a Canadian-standard high school diploma.
With all these options at your fingertips, the sky’s the limit, and we’d like to help you get there