It is no surprise that many Nigerians seek to migrate to Canada. This is because Canada is renowned for its quality educational system, high security, and enormous land space among others. If you are among the thousands of Nigerians looking for ways to immigrate to Canada, then you may have heard how frustrating the whole process is. This may be true if you don’t know how to go about the whole thing. Fortunately, we are here to help you as we would be discussing the 14 easy ways to migrate to Canada whether as a student, worker or with family.
14 Easy Ways to Migrate to Canada
The following are 14 legal ways to move to Canada that would guarantee an immigration process without hitches. The good thing is you can even qualify for more than one of them. They include:
1. Express Entry System
A good percentage of people who have travelled to Canada, went through the Express Entry system. This is because it is one of the easiest and most popular ways to immigrate to Canada. Fortunately, with this program, you begin your immigration journey from anywhere in the world. Also, you can immigrate to Canada in as little as 6 months depending on various factors. If you wish to go through the Express Entry system, then you may go through any of the three programs:
• Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
• Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
• Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Bear in mind that each category has its eligibility criteria that candidates must meet to be qualified for that category. If you fulfilthe requirements, then you can create an online profile, which is once for the whole year. After completing your profile, you would get a score through a point grading system called the Comprehensive Ranking System ( CRS). You would be given pointsbased on the following factors: education, age, work experience, job offer, adaptability and language. You would then be accepted into a pool of candidates and if you are fortunate to be among those who get the highest points, then you’d receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Keep in mind that you would only have 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence. The cost of the Express Entry program is CAD2,300 for a sole applicant and CAD4,500 for a couple.
Canada values the unity of families and this is why family reunification is among its immigration policies. The country embraces new permanent residents through this medium. Hence, you can be sponsored to reside in Canada permanently if you have a family member who is already a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen. This could cost you about CAD1,135 and this does not include additional expenses if your sponsor resides in Quebec. Noteworthy, the Family Sponsorship Program is divided into the following categories which would be discussed below:
• Dependent Child Sponsorship
Your children must be qualified dependents to be eligible for sponsorship. Hence, they must be unmarried persons under the age of 22 to be qualified. They could either be your adopted or biological children. Bear in mind that their sponsorship still depends on the approval of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC).
• Spousal and Common-law Partner Sponsorship
You can also travel to Canada through spousal or common-lawpartner sponsorship. However, your spouse or common-law partner should be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada to be able to sponsor you for PR through this program. A couple that has cohabited for at least one year can be referred to as a common law partner.
• Orphaned Family Members
This is also sponsorship available for orphaned people. Hence, if you are an orphan and you have a family member ( whether brother, sister, uncle, aunty etc) who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada, then they can sponsor you to live in Canada.
• Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship
Parents and grandparents can also be sponsored by their children orgrandchildren who are Canadian citizens. However, they must be able to support them financially. Noteworthy, it is only 10,000 immigrants that are welcomed yearly through this program.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) is arguably one of the easiest ways to move to Canada. The good thing is that the application process lasts for just 6 months and you would be able to apply for work permits. The AIP was specifically designed to fast-track theimmigration processes into Atlantic Canada which consists of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The AIP works through any of the following programs:
• Atlantic International Graduate Program
• The applicant’s qualification must be from a publicly financed institution in one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces.
• The applicant must provide proof of residency in the province for at least 16 months during the two years preceding qualification.
• The applicant must provide proof that they can support themselves and any of their dependents financially.
• The applicant must provide results of language tests demonstrating English or French proficiency.
• Atlantic High-skilled Program
• The applicant must have had at least one year of management, professional, or skilled work experience.
• The applicant must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for a foreign degree or certificate.
• The applicant must provide results of language tests demonstrating English or French language proficiency to live and work in Canada.
• The applicant must provide evidence of their ability to support themselves and any dependents, whether or not they decide to immigrate to Canada.
• Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program
• The applicant must have a high school diploma that is equivalent to a Canadian credential— Educational Credential Assessment (ECA report).
• The applicant must have at least one year of experience in a job that requires a job-specific training or high school education.
• The applicant must provide results of language tests demonstrating English or French proficiency to live and work in Canada.
• The applicant must provide evidence of their ability to support themselves and any dependents, whether or not they decide Io immigrate to Canada.
4. Job Offer
Getting a job offer from a company could fast-track your immigration process to Canada. Bear in mind, that your employer must be a legitimate employer and must not be an embassy, consulate or high commission in Canada etc as they are labelledineligible employers for this process. In addition, your job offer must be supported by an LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment. A valid job offer comprises the following among others: offer of employment, job duties, reporting manager’s title and name, remuneration and benefits etc.
You can immigrate to Canada through education but you must meet the study permit requirements throughout your education to be successful. However, you may need to have skilled work experience and this may not be favourable to international students. To get through this, you can go through the post-graduation work permit. This would allow you to live and work in Canada and then get all the work experience you need.
This is yet another easy and reliable way to migrate to Canada. It would interest you to know that Canadian provinces offer various nominee programs with different eligibility requirements. The Provincial Nominee Programs available include:
• Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
• British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
• Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
• New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
• Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
• Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
• Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
• Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
• Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
• Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP)
• Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
However, there is one nominee program that is faster than the others — British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)! This is due to some factors which the other programs lack. Additionally, compared to the Express Entry program, the BC PNP has more regular draws.
If you consider yourself a home care provider, then this option is for you. A home care provider is anyone that provides any health care services in the home. They usually allow people to live safely in their homes. Fortunately, Canada offers two schemes under this program for home care providers to immigrate to the country. They include:
1. Home Support Worker Provider Pilot (NOC 4412)
• Personal care attendant
• Respite worker
• Home support worker
• Home visitor
• At-home attendant for disabled persons
• Live-in caregiver for seniors
• Personal aide
• Family caregiver
2. Home Child Care Provider Pilot (NOC 4411)
• Live-in child caregiver
• Private home child caregiver
• Parent’s helper
• Au pair
If you are a skilled refugee planning to immigrate to Canada through existing economic schemes, then this could be your best chance! The EMPP offers eligible employers a pool of qualified candidates for employment opportunities. However, candidates must have either a valid and positive Refugee Status Determination (RSD) from a state that hosts refugees or the UNHCR, a valid document that shows they are a registered asylum seeker abroad or a “person of concern” letter issued by the UNHCR for EMPP (not available currently).
9. Business Immigration Programs
If you are business oriented, then you may qualify for the program.The good thing is that Canada embraces immigrants that can contribute to the economy positively. Thus, if you have a business or you are managing a business, then this may be your best chance to travel. Bear in mind that you have to invest greatly in the business that you want to start through the Business immigration program. However, the amount of investment you need depends on theProvincial Nominee Program you choose.
You can also migrate to Canada easily through the Startup Visa program. If you wish to start a business in Canada then you can come under this visa on a work permit and apply for a permanent residence visa. However, this work permit must be supported by legitimate Canada-based investors. To be eligible for the Startup Visa program, you should have a valid business, a language proficiency test result, enough funds for settling in Canada etc.
The Agri-Food pilot is another way to immigrate to Canada. The pilot addresses the labour challenges of the agri-food sector in the country. This pilot assists skilled workers in various industries and occupations seeking permanent residency.
If you are a skilled worker seeking to live in Quebec, then you can try this route. Quebec is French speaking Canadian province and it embraces skilled workers who seek to be permanent residents. However, the province has its own rules for choosing immigrants who would live in the country. To immigrate to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker, you need to apply to the government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate and afterwards to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
This is a community-driven program that seeks to spread the perks of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating an avenue for permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in a participating community. To apply for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, you need to:
• Check your eligibility.
• Get an eligible job.
• Submit your application for recommendation to the community.
• Apply for permanent residence if chosen.
This allows you to immigrate to Canada as a self-employed person. You must however have the relevant experience in cultural activities and athletics and be willing to contribute positively to the cultural and athletic life of Canada.
Many Nigerians seek to immigrate to Canada for several reasons.However, it is not easy to travel to Canada if you don’t know how the process works. The good thing is that we have shown you the 14 easiest ways to immigrate to Canada. The best you can do now is to weigh your options and see if you qualify for any of them. If you do, you can apply and be on your way to Canada.