For many Nigerians, moving to Canada presents 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 English and/or French proficiency 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 apply for 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 immigration programs, called Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs. The provinces have different populations and economies, so their immigration programs are unique and built to fit their economic and demographic needs.
PNPs are popular because they can be the fastest pathway to Canadian permanent residence.
You will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points if you are nominated through a PNP aligned with Express Entry. 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 several immigration programs that give Canadians the opportunity to sponsor their family members in Canada.
To sponsor a family member as a permanent resident under family class sponsorship, the sponsor must fulfil the following conditions:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada aged at least 18 years.
- 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.
- 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 disability), meeting financial obligations, supporting sponsored family members on time, and having a clean criminal record.
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 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 be granted Canadian permanent residence once they have established their business.
5. Other federal economic programs
Suppose you have a job offer in an in-demand field or a rural or Atlantic region of Canada. In that case, 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.