How to Migrate to Canada as a Chef

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According to Canadian immigration guidelines, there are good prospects for trained chefs who want to work in Canada. This multicultural society is open to many types of eating experiences. Every large city has its share of ethnic restaurants, including Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian, and Mexican. There is a difference, however, between working in Canada and wanting to migrate there. How can a chef make immigration easier for himself?

Migration Complications

First of all, getting into a country―any country―can be more difficult than you imagine these days. Thanks to global terrorist activities, 9/11, and the way technology makes every threat seem so close, immigration authorities are much stricter than they used to be. Even Canada, formerly thought of as an easy-going nation, has made it more difficult for people to visit, let alone live in their country. The Internet allows immigration authorities to check the background of an applicant thoroughly in minutes.

Headaches could include clearing an old DUI. If there is one hanging around on your record, or some other misdemeanor, you need to get rid of this if you can.

There are also countless pieces of information the immigration authority wants when adjudicating an application, and they are not babysitters. If you are skilled and needed in some part of Canada but make a mistake on the paperwork, do not expect immigration officials to call you up and coach you through the details.

Getting Help With Canada Immigration as a Chef

If you want to migrate to Canada as a chef, there are a few things you need to do first. One is to assess the demand for your particular skills. Canadians are looking for

• Gourmets
• Chefs with experience in ethnic cuisine from around the world
• Caterers for senior facilities
• Specialist chefs

Do not think that simply being able to cook is enough to get you across the border. You might need to specialize and train just a bit longer, or perhaps gain more experience. Your application will join hundreds of other similar ones.

Get yourself invited by an employer to work in his restaurant. If you can do this, you are able to cross the border more easily. Also, find a lawyer who will go through the application with you. In particular, as a chef, hire an immigration lawyer whose particular experience is helping Americans migrate to Canada.

Other Qualifications

Besides your skills, there will be other expectations. That job invitation is just one. You will also need to

• Speak English proficiently
• Have no criminal record
• Be able to support yourself financially
• Prove that you will not be a medical drain on the economy

This goes for you and any dependents you want to bring with you. Migrating with a family complicates matters somewhat, but should not prevent someone from successfully immigrating. Overall, migrating to Canada as a chef is possible, but there are some hurdles to overcome.


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6 thoughts on “How to Migrate to Canada as a Chef

  1. Gary nicholl

    Hello I am a 39 year old chef with 17 years experience,I have traveled the world and cooked in a few country’s,I am currently a catering manager and oversee the development and production of all the freshly made food for 4 supermarkets.i am married with a 2 year old child and would like to emigrate to canada to improve our lifestyle and hope u can help. Thanks Gary

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Gary. I am really glad that you contacted us.

      Food manufacturing and production is a growing field in Canada. You have marketable skills.

      Please Gary, complete this form for me it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status here in Canada.


  2. David

    Hi there,

    I’m currently a student at Ireland and finished my masters in business management while I was being employed as a sous chef in a restaurant. I’m not European union national so I won’t be allowed to migrate Canada on the basis of European criteria. I been on this job since 2010 till date and wish to migrate to Canada. So what r the possibilities for me interms of being eligible for the migration?

    1. owen

      Hello David,

      Your non-EU status should not be a major factor in the Canadian immigration process, although waiting times can vary amongst the different consulate’s that you may be applying from. You may want to search for Canadian employers, as a job offer would significantly increase the number of points that you would receive. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly


  3. naveen malay

    hi i am naveen looking for chef job in canada i got good experience from uk i have been working therer from 2008 at present i am in cape town ,south africa i would love to work in canada

    1. owen

      Hello Naveen,

      If you have at least one year of full time work experience and score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS then you would be eligible for express entry. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly



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