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

  1. parveen

    Hi there,
    I am dhir. I have done commercial cookery and diploma of hospitality and 6 each in ielts. m i eligible for canada visa?
    Thanks regards
    Dhir

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Dhir. We will need to know a lot more about you if you want us to help you obtain a visa to come to Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  2. stefan

    Hi there. 30-year old Belgian cook here with 2-3 years of exp. holding Europass certificate (cook’s assistant course). Working in Victoria as a line-cook at the moment for a Canadian employer that is willing to sponsor me and meets BCPNP’s definition of an eligible employer. Advice on getting PR ? BCPNP skilled worker/Express entry ? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Stefan. Thank you for writing to us. That is great that your employer is wiliing to sponsor you; this gives you a tremendous advantage. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to gather all your specific information, for example work experience, education, language skill, family, financial, and plan the best strategy for you and your employer to best position. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. stefan verwimp

        Hi Vahe thanks for your prompt reply. I’m just concerned about my chances, I have a very low score on the BC PNP and do not meet the minimum required score (around 70-75)

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Stefan. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you after getting all your information from. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  3. Pinaki Swarnakar

    I am Chef Pinaki and specialized in Pan Asian Cuisine .. Teppanyaki Sushi is the best part of that, have good knowledge about Continental cuisine also. I am Hotel Management graduate and I’ve almost 12 years experience with five star international and national brand hotels in INDIA. I would like to work in Kanada as same profile, for few Years may be 3 years but nether want to be go for permanently nor want to take family with me. Please help me how I will start the process.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Chef Pinaki. The first step that you will have to take is to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. You can search all the Canadian online job sites such as http://www.indeed.com, http://www.monster.ca Once you have a job offer, we will be able to help you get the work visa that you need.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  4. Nohj Patiu

    I’m a Filipino sushi chef but I’m currently in Turkey right now. Im planning to move to Canada hopefully next year. Do you know if it’s easy find a sushi chef job with no more than 1 year of experience? I dont care if I start on low salary

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Nohj. Have you started looking for a sushi chef position with a restaurant in Canada yet? You would be best to check with the online job search sites to help you find an employer in Canada. Once you have a job offer, we will be able to help you obtain the work visa that you will need.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  5. Sam

    Hi i have cert 3 in commercial cookery and diploma in hospitaly ..and cer4 n diploma in businezz..i work 1 years full time…as a cook …i have 6 each but i did 4 years ago will that be fine ..im i eligible for pr all waz done in australia

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Sam. Your IELTS results are too old to be included in a new immigration application. We will need to know a lot more about you to be able to give you an assessment of your chances for receiving Permanent Residency status: education, work experience, family ties. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  6. Victoria

    Hi,
    I’m wanting to work and travel in Canada, I have been a chef for 10 years so I have plenty of experience, I’m from Ireland and 29 year old. When applying for visa it’s best to have a job offer and if and when I would get a job offer how long does it normally take to get the visa?

    Many thanks victoria

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Victoria. Yes, having a job offer is the best route to take. It usually takes approximately 8 weeks to obtain the work visa.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  7. ravindra chand

    hii sir
    pls guide me how to find cook job in canada. i have cruise line experince.
    thanking you in advance

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Ravindra. You will need to search all the Canadian online job sites and find a Canadian employer who will give you a job offer. Once you have the job offer you can contact us so that we can help you with the work visa that you will need.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  8. Umang Asher

    Hi Mr. Vahe! I m a sushi chef having 2 years of experince with Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai!. Citizsn if India though but i want to migrate to canada with work permit! Is it possible… pls help me

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Umang. In order to best advise you, we would need to know a lot more information about you and your situation: education, work experience, language skills, family. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  9. KAMAL BARUA

    Hi,
    Sir, I’m a professional Indian curry and tandoori chef for last more then 15 years. and have worked in India in 5 stare hotel, then worked in Australia in Indian restaurant for 2 years. then worked in Richmond Canada for 2 1/2 year in Indian cuisine catering company from 14 March 2013 to 30 June 2015. my age is 45 years. my employer had applied for my LMIA to renew my work permit, but it (LMIS) was refuse by immigration of Canada.so i have to come back to India. My ex employer ready to give me job offer letter.so please suggest me how can i immigrate to Canada with out LMIA.
    Thank you very much for your time.
    hope to hear from you soon.

    KAMLA BARUA.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Kamal. We would have to explore the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) to see if you qualify. Some of the PNPs do not require a n LMIA. We would need to know a lot more about your situation before being able to advise you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Shreyas. There are several ways to immigrate to Canada. You can get a job offer and a work visa, or you can apply for Express Entry if you are eligible. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  10. Balwinder

    Hello
    My name is bawinder Singh , I am chef by profession . I have experience of 35 years , my age is 57 and now I am in Estonia country , but I wanted PR OF CANADA
    , or it’s possible to apply from Estonia ..
    Thak you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Bawinder, Thank you for your note. Please Bawinder, complete this form for me http://goo.gl/RvRtRK 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 here in Canada.
      Regards
      Vahe

      Reply
  11. sandeep kaur

    how to get work permit of canada i am graduated in hospitality now a days working at gaylord resort in usa texas

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Sandeep. There are several ways to get a work permit for Canada. The most common is to find an employer in Canada who finds your skills and experience to be better than the skills of local job candidates. One of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you soon to discuss the ways that we can help you achieve your goal of working in Canada.
      Regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  12. ramesh negi

    Good morning sir hope you doing well wish you merry X-mas . how can i apply a job in Canada i am working as a chef more than 5 year experience presently working in maldives is any possibility .

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing us Ramesh. We will certainly be able to help you with your Work Visa once you have a job offer, but unfortunately we cannot help you with your job search. There are many online job boards that deal specifically with opportunities in the food service field. You should spend some time to take a look at what is available. Best of luck to you, and remember to contact us when you are ready to apply for your Work Visa.
      Regards
      Vahe

      Reply
  13. 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

    Reply
    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 http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ 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.

      Vahe

      Reply
  14. 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?

    Reply
    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 http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  15. 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

    Reply
    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 http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply

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