Nigeria which is found in the western part of Africa and seen to be the giant of Africa are now going through a lot of problems making the citizens want to relocate to other countries especially Canada. Why do Nigerians prefer Canada as the best country to immigrate to at the moment?
Well, Canada has over 80 immigration programs that can give you a chance to become a permanent resident of the country and this is in a bid to meet the agenda set by the Canadian government to invite over a million immigrants into the country from 2021 to 2023. This is cool right? So with this opportunity, Nigerians are taking their chances and from reports, Nigeria is the fourth-leading source of immigrants to Canada presently and they are not stopping as the number keeps increasing.
Nigerians are seen to be hard-working and Canada is looking for able-bodied people to fill up the labour shortage in the country as a result of the high number of retirees in the country. Canada is surely the right place for Nigerians that want to start afresh and live a better life. Canada offers a lot of opportunities and also a high standard of living compared to the life in Nigeria where the cost of living is high and standard of living is low.
Canada is a country that welcomes people from different countries and background and Nigerians are totally welcomed into the wonderful country, the Great White North.
HOW CANADIAN IMMIGRATION WORKS
Like we said earlier that Canada has over 80 immigration programs that can help you get a permanent residence in the country and all you need to do is to find the best immigration program that suits you so that you application process become easy and faster. We will be looking at five immigration programs that Nigerians can easily go through if they want to immigrate to Canada sooner than expected. So follow us as we unveil these popular programs to you to fast-track your immigration to Canada.
5 easy ways for Nigerians to immigrate to Canada in 2021
- The Express Entry System
The express entry system is seen as the most popular immigration program in Canada at the moment and it is also very easy for Nigerians to go through. This system is an online immigration program where candidates are required to create an online profile with some criteria like age, work experience, education, language proficiency and others and from this information, the candidates will be placed in a an express entry draw pool that is done bi-weekly (every two weeks) and be scored according to a ranking system called the comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The candidates will be given a score to match against a CRS cut-off score for that particular draw. The CRS cut-off score is usually around 700-800points and if a candidate meets or scores above the cut-off score, the candidate will be eligible to receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.
One sweet thing about this program is that your profile can stay in the platform for up to a year and so you have the chance of improving your CRS score to exceed the CRS cut-off score for the next draws. You can do this by work on the criteria you presented while creating your online profile.
The system takes about six months to process application so it’s fast for you so as a Nigerian wanting to immigrate to Canada, here is you go!!
- The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
This is the second on our list and is also among the most popular immigration programs in Canada and you can also try it. The program allows provinces in Canada to select or nominate candidates to receive invitation to apply for Canadian residency. This is an agreement between the Canadian government and the provinces in Canada to invite foreign skilled workers to fill up labour shortages in the province and Canada as a whole. There are 12 provinces in Canada that are involved in this program and so you have 12 provinces in which one of them can actually invite you to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria.
Each province has its needs and requirements and you will have to meet the requirements of the particular province that you want to live and work in. you can either apply for the program directly or through the express entry-linked provincial nomination program.
- The Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
This permit or visa is for foreign students that have graduated from a designated learning institution in or outside Canada. With this permit, you can get a work visa which is actually the open work visa to work for any employer in Canada depending in the length of your study program in Canada. Though the visa is not for direct application for permanent residence but it will give you an advantage when applying for Canadian permanent residence. Even studying in Canada will certainly favour you when applying for your Canadian visa to live in Canada.
If you are going with the post graduate work permit, there are some requirements you must meet and they are stated below:
- You should not be younger than 18years
- You must have graduated from a public or private post-secondary school in any Canadian province (college, university or technical school)
- You must have completed a study program at a Designated Institution
- You must have studied in Canada as a full-time student for at least 8 months
- You must have a valid study permit when you are applying for the work permit
- You must send the application for your work permit within 90 days of your graduation
With the PGWP, you can get to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) as you have a work experience of at least one year in Canada especially if your study program was for 3years that is why it is advised that you go for a lengthy study program of about 3years so as to gather Canadian work experience.
- The Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The program allows employers in Canada to hire foreign skilled workers to fill up job positions in the country on a temporary base. Since the country is looking for how to continue its development project, it is looking to employ immigrants from different parts of the world provided you meet the immigration requirements. These immigrants are to bring their skills, training, work experience and expertise to Canada and contribute to the development of the country. For you to be eligible for this program, your skill has to be among the skills or occupations that are in-demand in Canada. There are three streams through which you can apply for this program as a Nigerian and they are:
- Agricultural Stream
- Global Talent Stream
For the agricultural worker stream, you will have to be a skilled agricultural worker for you to be eligible for the program and mind you agriculture is an important sector in every country so it is among the occupation in-demand in Canada.
For the Global Talent Stream, you will have to have a skill that is listed in the list of occupation in demand under the GTS list so as to stand a chance to get a work visa. Some of the occupations are software developer, graphics designer etc.
For the in-home caregivers, you will have to be able to take care of children, old people and also people living with disabilities that need medical care.
- Getting A Job In The Atlantic Provinces Of Canada
The Atlantic provinces in Canada have their own programs too which you can actually go through as a Nigerian that want to immigrate to Canada in 2021. The program is tied to provinces like:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
A designated employer in the Atlantic Provinces mentioned above will have to offer you employment for you to be eligible for this pilot program. Mind you, you must know check the list of designated employers in these provinces to find out if the employer that offers you employment is on the list.