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How to Move To Canada From Nigeria

For many Nigerians, moving to Canada presents a wealth of opportunities not available to them in their home country. Political stability, a thriving economy and internationally recognized schools are all factors that make Canada a top destination for Nigerian immigrants.

Here are five of the most popular ways to move from Nigeria to Canada:

1. Express Entry

Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. Express Entry organizes and processes applications for people who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates with university or college degrees with skilled work experience and moderate proficiency in English and/or French are ideal candidates. For this reason, Nigerian professionals tend to do well in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates who qualify for the following programs are also eligible to submit an application under the Express Entry program:

The easiest way to find out if you are eligible is to use our free online assessment tool.

2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Each of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories operates its own immigration programs, called Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs. As the provinces have different populations and economies, their immigration programs are unique and built to fit their economic and demographic needs.

PNPs are a popular option because they can be the fastest pathway to Canadian permanent residence.

If you are nominated through a PNP which is aligned with Express Entry, you will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This means you are essentially guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

3. Family Sponsorship

Family reunification is a top priority for Canadian immigration. Canada offers a number of immigration programs that give Canadians the opportunity to sponsor their family members to Canada.

To sponsor a family member as a permanent resident under family class sponsorship, the sponsor must fulfill the following conditions:

  1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada aged at least 18 years.
  2. Reside in Canada, if they are a permanent resident. Canadian citizens can sponsor a family member even when living outside the country. However, he or she must reside in Canada when the sponsored family member becomes a permanent resident of Canada.
  3. Have adequate resources to provide financial support to the sponsored person for the mandated duration.

Further, the sponsor must comply with additional requirements like not receiving social assistance (except for reason of disability), meeting financial obligations including support for sponsored family members on time, a clean criminal record, etc.

4. Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

If you are an entrepreneur with an innovative business idea, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the start-up visa program.

Canada is looking for talented entrepreneurs that are interested in starting businesses that will stimulate the Canadian economy while creating employment opportunities for its residents.

Qualified candidates can come to Canada on a work permit and will be granted Canadian permanent residence once they have established their business.

5. Other federal economic programs

If you have a job offer in an in-demand field, or in a rural or Atlantic region of Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through another federal economic program. The Canadian government offers various economic pilot programs to fill labour or demographic gaps in certain regions or sectors across Canada.

If you have a job offer in Canada, contact us to learn more about your immigration options.

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