Immigrate to Canada as a Petroleum Engineer In 2023/2024

If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Petroleum Engineer you’re in luck! Petroleum Engineers 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.

For starters, Petroleum Engineers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Petroleum Engineers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).

The code for Petroleum Engineers on the NOC is 2145

This is great news for qualified Petroleum Engineers 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 Petroleum Engineer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.

Petroleum Engineers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Petroleum Engineer Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.

Job Titles to Immigrate to Canada as a Petroleum Engineer

Petroleum Engineers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 2145, might be employed under work titles including:

chief petroleum engineer

drilling and recovery chief engineer

drilling and recovery petroleum engineer

exploitation engineer – oil and gas

exploitation engineer – petroleum

mud engineer

mud engineer – petroleum drilling

natural gas engineer

offshore drilling engineer

offshore drilling rig subsea equipment engineer

oil and gas drilling engineer

oil and gas production engineer

oil well logging engineer

petroleum engineer

petroleum production engineer

petroleum reservoir engineer

petroleum well completion engineer

subsea engineer

well logging engineer

All these roles held by Petroleum Engineers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7251

Skills Required to Immigrate to Canada as a Petroleum Engineer

In general, Petroleum Engineers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:

Conduct feasibility assessment studies for developing new oil and gas fields

Direct and monitor oil and gas drilling operations

Develop drilling programs, select sites and specify drilling fluids, bit selection, drill stem testing procedures and equipment

Direct and monitor the completion and evaluation of wells, well testing and well surveys

Design and select artificial lift machinery, and well and surface production equipment and systems, and specify programs for corrosion control and oil or gas treatment

Develop specifications for and monitor and supervise well modification and stimulation programs to maximize oil and gas recovery

Analyze reservoir rock and fluid data to design optimum recovery methods and to predict reservoir performance and reserves

Monitor and forecast oil and gas reservoir performance and recommend oil recovery techniques which extend the economic life of wells

Design, develop and co-ordinate the installation, maintenance and operation of subsea well-head and production equipment.

Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Engineers Canada desk that only represents qualified Engineers 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 Petroleum Engineer

A bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.

A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.

Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).

Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.

We represent Petroleum Engineers 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 Petroleum Engineer

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)



English ability

French ability

Your partner’s skills

Work experience

As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67

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 Professional Qualification 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.

Petroleum Engineering Skills and Qualification Equivalence Assessment

The process of getting your Petroleum Engineering skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills and Qualification Assessment and it serves two purposes.

Canada Petroleum Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.

Canada Petroleum Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Canada Equivalent Qualification and is used for your relevant professional registrations so having your Petroleum Engineering skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a Petroleum Engineer in Canada from day one.

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Petroleum Engineer without a job offer?

The answer is a resounding yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Petroleum Engineer Canada Express Entry profile.

Of course, securing a job offer (documented in the right way for immigration purposes i.e. LMT) will give you an instant CRS boost of 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

Petroleum Engineering Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Petroleum Engineer code 2145 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.

As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full-time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Petroleum Engineering jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance.

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