The Canadian immigration system has changed significantly over the last few years. If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, it is important that you take the time necessary to understand these changes and how they may impact your application. In this article, we will explore what it takes to immigrate as a message therapist in Canada in 2021.
Know your options before you start the process of immigrating to Canada.
Some of the options are;
1. The basics of immigration to Canada
The Canadian government has certain requirements when it comes to immigration. In order to move to Canada, you must be able to prove that you have enough money to support yourself and to pay for your move, find a job in Canada and that will help you to have enough money to support yourself for the first year.
2. Know your risks.
Here are some facts about moving to Canada from a country that you’re unfamiliar with and the risks associated:
Immigrants in Canada are required to pick from a list of eight countries before moving to their new country. Before immigrating to Canada, make sure to talk to an immigration attorney familiar with your specific situation. While there are certain common characteristics, you should choose your neighbor accordingly as some countries ask certain questions and will not allow a certain type of person to immigrate.
While most CARES act and human trafficking laws are similar between the U.S. and Canada, there are some differences in the way they are enforced. Most of the time, however, all countries will treat human trafficking in the same way despite what country you’re trying to immigrate to.
3. Getting your green card will not always be an easy process:
More often than not, prior to immigrating to Canada, you will need to wait months and months for your green card and for your relatives to collect theirs. Similarly, you may be dealing with an immigration attorney who’s providing services in your country. He or she will need your permission and money before they will help you. While waiting for a few months may not seem like a lot, as it does take time from your life and research, you will not see any money coming your way until you actually receive the green card.
4. You may have to wait a year before your immigration application is processed.
During that year, you’re required to live in Canada and to work for four years.
How to qualify as a massage therapist in Canada
If you’re looking to become a massage therapist in Canada, there are a few things you’ll need to know about the profession.
A. First, massage therapists are not licensed and there are no specific educational requirements for the profession. However, you will need to be a registered massage therapist in order to practice massage therapy.
B. licensed massage therapist residing in Canada can provide help to clients on the condition that they are registered with the Canadian Medical Association Psychiatric section and the Therapeutic Chandlee Association (TCA).
C. Know the benefits and risks of taking the Canadian citizenship test. If you want to become a massage therapist in Canada, taking citizenship testing is necessary for you to become legal to live in the country. The test has seven sections and not only tests your knowledge of Canadian law, but it also assesses your communication and organizational skills.
D. Learn the legal framework for the role of a massage therapist in Canada. Technically, only licensed professional organizations can advertise as massage therapists. Knowing the legal framework of your chosen field is crucial when approaching the immigration center. Your chosen region (city or province) may have its own set of laws that handle the advertising and legal implications.
E. Bring all of the documentation you need to the immigration center for your application. This includes your statements of income, previous experience, past work experience, and any other documentation you can provide for them to make an assessment.
E-I, or executive eligibility, in Canada, is a term that summarizes the following requirements–information you must provide to the immigration department prior to starting your application process.
How to apply for your massage therapist license in Ontario
If you’re a certified massage therapist (CMT), you can apply for a massage therapist license in Ontario. You’ll need to apply through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). This is a relatively easy process to go through, taking around five business days. Alternatively, if you qualify six times or have six years of experience working in a massage environment, you might be able to apply for a massage therapist designation on the Canadian paperwork called the Medical Access Pass.
Be sure to check out any accreditations that your potential employer may require, such as:
- A 2020 U.S. Comptometer for federal income taxes
- A 2019 Standard 450, 450E, 60E, 620, 620E, and 6-600 generally for tax purposes
- A 2020 U.S. GSI Reg. 1,350G for employer health insurances (providing health coverage beyond our normal policies)
- A 2019 Standard 176, 186, 190, or 192 generally for medical and dental plans, etc.
Understand your health premises, because your trained massage therapist may utilize different treatment methods than standard.
These factors might include:
- Deep tissue massage instead of cold packs
- Massage therapy on joints other than the requirement of Five Senses
- Relaxed atmosphere with music, light, and cleanliness
- Emphasis on regular exercise, stress reduction, and self-care.
Be aware of local laws when moving into Canada.
The status of non-citizens and visitors on the Canadian side of the border is questionable and can be ill-advised. Similarly, there have been several cases of U.S citizens getting pulled over, incarcerated, and denied entry when coming into Canada. Seek legal advice if traveling to this country.
Make sure to take time to nurture each new (and potential) relationship. Ensuring a handshake goes a long way, and a friendly hello can go a long way!
How do you get your massage therapist training recognized in Ontario?
If you are looking for work as a massage therapist in Ontario, you have to ensure that your training is recognized in the province. There are a number of ways to do this depending on what type of training you went through.
- If you want a one-year full-time program, you must register with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. If you want a 2-year program, however, you do not have to do anything extra. I would also suggest finding out what your training is worth considering that if your first two years were worth $0, would it be worth it to you to spend those years learning the English language in a foreign country?
- Once you are able to speak and understand English, get a license in Canada. This really helps everyone out. There is no need to wait until you are ready to immigrate before you can start looking for a job in Canada. If you are a naturalized Canadian citizen, you do not need a license, but you still should have it.
Quebec is home to a number of industries like oil and gas, hydroelectric, bridges and tunnels, wine, beer and spirits, chocolate and chocolate manufactures, several medical practices, a clothing factory, and many more. It is a very environmentally friendly province (on par or better than Alberta).
Immigrating to a country where you don’t speak the language can be daunting, but it can also be rewarding. You’ll want to make sure you research the steps needed in advance and use the resources available to you to make it happen!