How to Migrate to Canada in 8 Easy Ways

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how to migrate to Canada

If you or someone you know is confused about choosing the best way to migrate to Canada, below are 8 easy ways you or anyone can migrate to Canada from any location in the world.

  1. How to Migrate to Canada through Express Entry

The express entry route is considered one of the fastest ways to migrate to Canada. The Canada Express Entry System can be completed in as little as 6 months. And you do not require a work offer to apply for this program. And you can do this from any location in the world.

The following Federal Economic programs are governed by the Canadian Express Entry System:

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

If you meet the qualifying criteria for one of the Federal Economic programs mentioned above, you will be assigned a score out of 1,200 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. A variety of elements, such as your language skills, degree of education, work experience, ties to Canada, and a few others determine your CRS score. Your CRS score will determine whether or not you will be granted an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

NOTE: Some of these will influence your CRS score: Level of education; English, French, or both language proficiency; Submitting an application with a partner; Siblings in Canada. There are tools online to Calculate your CRS score.

  1. How to Migrate to Canada Through Family Sponsorship Visa

The family sponsorship visa is one of the most straightforward ways to migrate to Canada. This program permits a Canadian family member to sponsor a relative from another country. But a Canadian Citizen living outside Canada is not allowed to sponsor someone. The program is made up of different categories which are as follows:

  • Spousal and common-law partner sponsorship
  • Parents and grandparents’ sponsorship
  • Dependent child sponsorship
  1. Migrating to Canada as a student

International students studying in Canada can easily apply for Canadian permanent resident status while studying in Canada or after completing their studies. That is provided they meet the requirements of the Canadian immigration program under which they applied or wish to apply. They can express “Dual Intent” also. Dual intent is the process of applying for a Canada study permit and Canadian permanent resident status simultaneously, and it is completely legal under Canadian immigration law. So, if you wish to migrate to Canada without a job offer, or a sibling or spouse in Canada, you can simply apply to study in Canada, then during your time as a student, or after your studies, you can very easily apply for a Permanent Residency in Canada. And this is much easier since you are currently in Canada as a Bonafide student. Another advantage of relocating to Canada as a student is that you can easily get part time jobs as a student while still in school. For more information on cheap colleges in Canada and scholarship opportunities for international students interested in schooling in Canada, check out this article Tuition Free Colleges in Canada for International Students.

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  1. How to Migrate to Canada as a Nurse

You can migrate to Canada based on the basis of the professional service you provide or the job you do.

This section breaks down the requirements to migrate to Canada as a nurse. When it comes to migrating as a nurse, different provinces in Canada have their own mandatory qualifications, regulations & requirements that must be met before one can work as a nurse in Canada.

Nursing falls under the 3012 National Occupation Classification (NOC) & Classified as a Skilled Level A. It is totally up to you to choose the province you desire.

You can apply to be any of the following;

  1.  Registered Nurse (RN)
  2. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  3. Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)

Requirements to Migrate to Canada as a Nurse: 

To qualify to work as any of the above, you need to

  1. Get Your Credentials Accessed by National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). NOTE: This is just a process of converting your qualifications into a North American standard.
  2. Verify your credentials.
  3. Compare and evaluate credentials to Canadian standard.
  4. Open an NNAS Application here NNAS Website 
  5. Submit two proof of Identity documents which can either be International Passport, or Driver’s License or Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate.

Please Note: Documents must be notarized by a government-approved official, signed with a seal indicating that they have seen the original documents, made the copies, and can certify that they are true copies.

  1. Submit a Nursing Education Form: This can be accessed once you’ve registered online on NNAS website. The form must be sent directly by your school to NNAS either by mail or courier. Do not send it yourself.
  2. Submit Your Nursing Practice Employment Form: The Form must be completed and sent directly by your employer by mail or courier to NNAS.
  3. Submit your IELTS Language Testing results: except if your first language is English/French then get an exemption letter from your school.
  4. Once all documents have been received by NNAS, submit your application and choose what province and nursing group you are applying to.

Please Note: The NNAS Main application fee is about $650 USD.

After completing NNAS, go ahead and complete registration with any of the Nursing provincial regulatory bodies you have previously chosen on the NNAS application form. Then identify the immigration program that suits you:

  _Express Entry (EE)

  _British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

  _Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Remember to give ample time for each application process, to enable you to pay optimum attention to each stage.

  1. Migrating to Canada as a Software Engineer 

The latest Occupation List under the NOC Code 2173 indicates that Canada is a good option for anyone moving abroad for software engineering work.

2 ways to migrate to Canada as a Software Engineer are:

       a. Express Entry

        b.  Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP)

Migrating to Canada as a Software Engineer through Express Entry: This option is preferred by the most skilled economic workers who are eager to migrate to Canada permanently for a well-paying job.

It’s not only a speedy process but also restructured in such a way that if you have the necessary skills, experience, language skills, and can manage to get 67 points out of the total of 100 points up-for-grabs, you may become qualified for immigration to Canada as an economic migrant. Check CRS Score 

Migrating to Canada as a Software Engineer through Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP): The easiest way to migrate to Canada as a Software Engineer is PNP! Due to the following reasons: 

The Canadian government is constantly in search of skilled technology workers that would boost the Canadian economy. One of the core technology workers being searched for is software engineers. Qualified software engineers are regularly hired in the many startups springing up in Canada.

Also, the minimum language points score (IELTS) is rather manageable (4.5) for persons applying as software engineers. Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories, and most of these provinces are always in demand for software engineers. Provinces such as Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia are just some examples of provinces always aiming to attract software engineers. This means several good options under the programme, increasing your chances of migrating to Canada.

Other jobs in Canada in need of foreign workers include: 

  • Family caregiver
  • Home support worker
  • Personal care attendant
  • Respite worker
  • Doula
  • Home visitor
  • At-home attendant for persons with disabilities
  • Housekeeper
  • Live-in caregiver for seniors
  • Personal aide
  1. How to Migrate to Canada from Nigeria without IELTS

The Canada PR requirement for language proficiency is highly important, as English is the first official language of Canada. This therefore makes the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) a major hurdle in migrating to Canada from Nigeria whose official language is English. Prove of proficiency in English language is necessary, the only options where you can migrate to Canada from Nigeria without IELTS is on a temporary basis, i.e. Canada’s visitor or work visa. This is simply because, as a permanent resident, you must be competent enough in English to communicate with your environment. 

Getting a high score such as CLB 7 or above often appears difficult for none-native English speakers, as a result they fail final approval. Such Applicants may score well at other factors, such as, educational qualification, work experience, age and so on, but end up scoring low under one of the key criteria for Express Entry; English Language Proficiency. In order to cater for such candidates, the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program comes to the rescue. Many PNP streams select and nominate eligible candidates from the Express entry pool for Canada PR even with a low IELTS score range.

Some of the best PNP to obtain PR in Canada without IELTS are:

SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program)

This program has a collection of pathways that allows Immigrants to obtain PR in Canada. The SINP is designed in such a way to invite immigrants who can contribute to the provincial economic growth. Immigrants who fall under categories such as; skilled workers, workers in sectors where there is labour shortage, workers with prior job offers, and businessmen. 

The province operates PNP streams, which are divided into three categories:

  • Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker
  • Saskatchewan Experience
  • Saskatchewan Entrepreneur and Farm

7. How to Migrate to Canada Without Job offer 

For those who want to migrate to Canada but do not have a job offer and also do not want to apply to relocate as a student, you may wonder what options are available to you.

The best option for those seeking to immigrate to Canada but don’t obtain a job offer is to apply for Express Entry Programs. We have already talked a lot on Express Entry. The programs within the Express Entry pool that let you immigrate without a job offer include:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one out of three pathways within Express Entry that allow one to work in Canada. The FSW is specific for those who are skilled workers with extensive education and have work experience.

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTC)

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade

  • Provincial Nomination Program 

Some of the Canadian Provincial Nominee Program are options for those planning to migrate to Canada without Job offers. 

Examples of such PNP are:

I) Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario’s PNP program has several streams that allow qualified immigrants to move to Ontario before getting a job offer.

II) SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) and

III) Nova Nominee Program 

8. You Can Also Migrate to Canada by Obtaining Permanent Residency (PR)

Getting a Permanent Resident (PR) visa is one of the options when it comes to ways to migrate to Canada. A PR does not make you a citizen of Canada. But allows you to live in the country and enjoy the benefits that come with a PR visa. The validity of a PR visa is five years, which can later be renewed. 

 Eligibility for a PR Visa

Eligibility for a PR visa is calculated using a point-based system. The system assesses applicants based on various elements such as age, language, work experience and education.

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