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How to apply for a permanent residence visa as a chef in 2021?

Canada always has a welcoming immigration policy for skilled immigrant and whose experience is in demand in the country. Canadian immigration office Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has over 60 immigration programs to help immigrants all over the world to apply for. Depending on their skill sets and requirements immigrants can apply under any of the immigration programs they want to apply under.

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What are the major immigration programs to apply for Canada PR in 2021?

Some of the major programs that allow the immigrants to apply for Canada PR Visa in 2021 are as follows:

Express Entry Program

It is the fastest way to apply for Canada PR. It is a point-based program that manages the profiles of the candidates of immigrants of who have applied under the following economic immigration program:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Immigrants have to clear the 67 points eligibility point system in order to be able to apply under this program. Candidates are awarded points based on some selection factors like age, work experience, language proficiency, adaptability etc. Once the immigrants are able to clear the 67 points eligibility system they are allowed to apply under the express entry program.

Express Entry program uses a ranking system that awards points to the immigrants profile based on some factors and ranks them accordingly  Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These points determine the rank of the immigrant's profile in the CRS. Highest ranked profiles are then given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for permanent residence visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Once an immigrant gets an ITA, they have 60 days to submit their application to IRCC.

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Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Every province/territory in Canada has their own immigration program that allows them to nominate the highly skilled and capable immigrants to live and work in the province and help in the development of the province. Every provincial nomination program has different requirements and eligibility criteria based on the local labor market demands. There is mainly two ways an immigrant can apply provincial nomination program:

First, is to directly approach the provincial immigration office. Immigrants who want to settle in a particular province can apply directly by creating a profile in their immigration website. Once they have created their profile is evaluated based on eligibility factors. If the profile is selected for provincial nomination, they have to create an express profile and reflect their provincial nomination there.

Second, is via the Federal government's express entry program. Candidates have to create an express profile and show an Expression of Interest (EOI) and select the province they want to settle in. Then the candidate's profile is then sent to provincial immigration office where profile will be evaluated based on their requirements and eligibility criteria. If the profile is selected then provincial nomination will be reflected on express profile of the candidate.

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What is occupation in-demand stream 2021?

Every province has different occupations that are in-demand in the province. Every immigration office of that particular province releases a list that contains the name of the occupations that are in-demand at that particular period of time in that province. These occupation in-demand lists signifies the shortage of labor in that particular work of field. If the immigrant have work experience in any of the occupation that is listed in the occupation in-demand list can apply under this stream. Every province regularly updates their occupation in-demand lists and immigrants have to be regularly updated about their occupation to be listed.

In both cases, if the immigrant is able to land a provincial nomination, they are awarded with 600 CRS points. These many points are more than enough to land an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for permanent residence visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Every provincial nomination program has different immigration streams that allow them to nominate special skilled immigrants in a particular work of field. One of the major immigration streams that are found in every provincial nomination program is the Occupation in-demand stream.

What is the National Occupational Classification (NOC) in Canada?

Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has started this system to standardize and nationally recognize the work experience of foreign skilled immigrants. National Occupational Classification (NOC) uses a four-digit code and job description for every occupation/job in Canada. Every job is categorized in the following skill types:

  • Skill Type 0: Management jobs such as restaurant managers, mine managers etc.
  • Skill Type A: Professional jobs that usually need a degree such as doctors, dentists etc.
  • Skill Type B: Technical jobs and skilled trades that usually needs diploma or training as an apprentice such as chef, plumbers, electricians etc.
  • Skill Type C: Intermediate jobs that need high school/ job-specific training like industrial butchers etc.
  • Skill Type D: Labor jobs that give on-the-job training like fruit pickers, cleaning staff etc.

NOC Code for Chef  NOC 6321

How a Chef can immigrate to Canada via occupation in-demand stream in 2021?

Some of the reasons that make Chefs an occupation/profession an excellent job prospect to immigrate to Canada are as follows:

Chef is the profession that is in high demand across the country.

With passage of time Canada is becoming a very multi-cultural society, and with the increment of foreign immigrants, foreign cuisine demand is also increasing which in turn increases the demand of chef in the country.

Community colleges have said that they are graduates in Culinary programs are able to find work very easily and some of them are able to land multiple employment offers in the country.

Chefs who have specialized in sauciers and pastry especially European chefs are in shortage in Canada, which increases their demand in the country.

Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks have stated that the best-trained chefs and cooks are in very high demand in the country.

Aging demography of Canada also adds up for increment of demand in the chef as they will be required in the establishment that caters to seniors such as retirement homes.

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What are the regions where Doctors are in demand in Canada?

Some of the major regions of Canada where doctors are in-demand are as follows:

Vancouver Island and Victoria, British Columbia:

  • Chefs are in high demand because of tourism and large size of the food service industry.
  • Best scenario for chefs with experience in ethnic, regional, healthy and vegetarian cuisine.


  • Most of the opportunities are in family restaurants and specialty food services.
  • Prospects for chefs with experience in ethnic, regional, healthy and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Professionals Associations and Unions include : Canadian Culinary Federation, Hotel & Restaurant Local and Manitoba Restaurant and Food Services Association.

Cape Breton and Halifax, Nova Scotia:

  • Shortage of chefs in the region of Cape Breton especially during the busy summer tourist season and many resorts are in demand of chefs.
  • Demands for chefs specializing in foreign cooking, sous-chefs and pastry are in high demand

Prince Edward Island:

  • Shortage of chefs especially during the busy summer tourist season and many resorts are in demand of chefs.
  • More opportunities in the Charlottetown area because of large numbers of restaurants located in the city, but there are also many resorts outside the city that are in need of qualified chefs.


  • Population growth, retirements and continued growth in the Muskoka tourism sector and Niagara region of Ontario is one the prime region for the increment in chefs demand in the Ontario province.
  • Establishment of the retirement home for senior increases the demand for the chefs in these centers.
  • With the development of fine restaurants and major developments planned for the area will be able to create more employment opportunities for chefs.

What will be the duties of chefs when they immigrate to Canada?

Chefs mainly plan and direct food preparations, prepare and cook food and specialty foods. They are mainly employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and other health care institutions etc.

Following is the description of main duties for different chefs to perform:

Executive Chefs:

  • Plan and direct food preparations and cooking activities of several restaurants in an establishment, restaurant chains etc.
  • Consult with clients regarding weddings, banquets and specialty functions.
  • Plan menus and ensure food quality standards.
  • Recruit and hire staff.

Sous Chefs:

  • Supervise activities of specialist chefs, chefs, cooks and other kitchen workers.
  • Demonstrate new cooking techniques and new equipments to cooking staff.
  • May plan menus and may prepare meals or specialty foods.

Chefs and Specialist chefs:

  • Prepare and cook complete meals or specialty foods.
  • Instruct cooks in preparations, cooking, garnishing and presentation of food
  • Create new recipes
  • Supervise cooks and other kitchen staff
  • May plan menus
  • May requisition food and kitchen supplies