Are you are a Nigerian and your are wishing to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria ? You have weighed the life in Nigeria and seen that staying back will do you no good. Looking at the current situation in Nigeria will give you a lot of reason to want to live the country in search of greener pasture elsewhere. Nigeria is seen as the giant of Africa but the country is going through a lot of problems currently and many youths are longing to leave the country for better living. Many countries have strong immigration policies that may not favor Nigerians but there is just one country that is ready to take Nigerians provided they are coming to contribute to the grow and development of the country. That country is Canada.
Canada is a multicultural country that is known for embracing and welcoming people from diverse culture and ethnicity into the country. The country has welcomed a lot of Nigerians they see it as a great place to start afresh and live a better life. Who wouldn’t love Canada? Land of opportunities, high standard of living, security amongst other wonderful benefits you stand to gain if you immigrate to the country.
The door to Canada is always welcomed to Nigerians as the country is looking to fill up labour shortages and Nigerians are seen as hardworking people that can put a country’s economy to greater heights.
This article is going to take your through how to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria and show you how to make the process smooth and easy. Let’s get started…
Why you should immigrate to Canada from Nigeria
- It has a high standard of living
It is no doubt that Canada has high standard of living and that is why a lot of people are working to come into the country from different places in the world. Who doesn’t want a better life? In Canada, the cost of living is low compared to Nigeria where inflation is taking its turn every day as the cock crows. The standard of living is so that the common man can barely afford the basic requirements of life to cater for himself and the family. But in Canada, you enjoy a low cost of living which leads to a good quality of life for you.
- Job opportunities
One major problem they have in Nigeria is that the unemployment rate is so high and this is due to a number of reasons such as:
- Political instability
- Lack of industries
Many Nigerians relocate to Canada in search of greener pastures as they believe that their country has failed them. There are too many capable hands in Nigeria with no job. But Canada offers a great deal of job opportunities to immigrants as they are after boosting their economy and developing the country. The government of Canada has laid down an agenda to invite over 1.2 million immigrants within the next three years and definitely Nigerian are not left out. Canada offers job opportunities in areas like healthcare, agriculture, oil and gas and many others. You should take advantage of this.
- Sound Educational System
Do you know that Canada is home for some of the best tertiary institutions in the world? You have universities like University of Toronto, British Columbia University etc. The country boasts of a sound educational system and also the government is funding education up to 12th Grade. Graduates from the universities in Canada can compete with graduates from other best universities in the world.
Research has it that many Nigerians are relocating to Canada to school and start a career.
- Better Healthcare System
The hospitals in Nigeria are very poor and offer poor services to the citizens and also the rate of strike by doctors in the country is alarming but with Canada, you will definitely enjoy the best healthcare services and the good thing about it is that it is free. The government is paying for the services from the taxes the citizens of Canada and permanent residents pay.
- Safety and security
It is no news that the level of insecurity in Nigeria is alarming and many youths are leaving the country to a better and safer place. Canada offers you a great deal of safety as you can go about your day’s activities without fear and panic. The cities are protection with the police at you beck and call.
Crimes are at its minimal in Canada and there is not fear of xenophobic attacks like the one Nigerians experienced in South Africa. Canadian are lovely people that welcome people from different countries, race, religion and culture.
Canada is affordable and less expensive to live in. Many provinces and cities can offer you comfort even if you earn less.
- Enticing minimum wages
Canada is one of the countries that offer a good minimum wage compared to Nigeria where the minimum wage is nothing to write home about because of the depreciation in the value of the currency.
Immigration Programs in Canada
There are over 90 immigration programs in Canada presently but you have to know the program that suits you best. Two immigration programs are suitable for Nigerians and with that; you will be able to live in any province or city in Canada. These programs are:
Provincial Nominee Program
This program is tailored at meeting the specific needs of the provinces in the country and each province is in charge of its nomination process. Here, your occupation must be on the list of occupations in-demand for you to actually stand a chance to qualify.
Let’s take a look at the table below:
|Provincial Nominee Programs|
|Alberta||Alberta Opportunity StreamAlberta Express Entry StreamAlberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream|
|British Columbia||Skills ImmigrationExpress Entry British ColumbiaEntrepreneur Immigration|
|Manitoba||Skilled WorkerSkilled Worker OverseasBusiness Investor Stream (formerly MPNP-B)Modern Community Driven Immigration InitiativeInternational Education Stream|
|Saskatchewan||International Skilled Worker CategorySaskatchewan Experience CategoryEntrepreneur and Farm Category|
|New Brunswick||Express Entry Labour Market StreamSkilled Workers with Employer SupportPost-Graduate Entrepreneurial StreamEntrepreneurial StreamAtlantic Immigration Pilot Program|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled WorkerSkilled Worker CategoryInternational Graduate CategoryInternational Entrepreneur CategoryInternational Graduate Entrepreneur CategoryAtlantic Immigration Pilot|
|Prince Edward Island||PEI PNP Express EntryLabour Impact CategoryBusiness Impact CategoryAtlantic Immigration Pilot Program|
|Nova Scotia||Nova Scotia Demand: Express EntryNova Scotia Experience: Express EntryNova Scotia Labour Market PrioritiesSkilled Worker StreamEntrepreneur StreamInternational Graduate Entrepreneur StreamPhysician StreamAtlantic Immigration Pilot Program|
|Northwest Territories||Employer Driven ProgramBusiness Immigration Program|
|Ontario||Human Capital CategoryEmployer Job Offer CategoryBusiness Category|
|Yukon||Yukon Express Entry (YEE)Skilled WorkerCritical Impact WorkerBusiness Nominee|
Express Entry System
The express entry system is an online system where candidates create an online profile and are ranked against a comprehensive ranking system score. The CRS score is seen as the cut-off score and each candidate is awarded a score as against this cut-off score which is a maximum of 1200 points. If you meet or exceed the cut-off score, you are likely to be issued an Invitation to apply for a permanent residence in Canada. The program has other programs under it like:
- The Canadian Experience Class
- The Federal Skilled Workers Program
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program
The requirements for your CRS score are:
- Level of Education either in or outside Canada
- Work Experience either in or outside Canada
- Language fluency in English and French
- Valid job offer
- Provincial nomination