Japa: 5 Easiest Ways to Immigrate to Canada from Nigeria in 2023
- Every year, many Nigerians successfully immigrate from Nigeria in search of greener pastures
- For the many that succeed, many more have failed in their immigration plans for one reason or another
- Legit.ng provides you with the top five easiest ways to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria in 2023
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Since the resurgence of the "Japa" phenomenon in Nigeria, Canada has been one of the most preferred destinations for migrating Nigerians.
Whether it's for education, work or greener pastures, hundreds of Nigerians immigrate to the North American country every year.
Recently, the Canadian Government unveiled its plan to welcome 1.45 million migrants from countries worldwide, including Nigeria, from 2023 to 2025.
The country plans to embrace immigration to help businesses find workers. It is hoped that the scheme would attract the skills required in critical sectors like health care, manufacturing, technology and others.
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This opens up interesting opportunities for Nigerians still looking forward to immigrating to Canada.
Every day, many Nigerians are actively researching immigration options and processes of relocating to Canada. Figuring out which option is best for them is only half the battle.
Speaking with an immigration lawyer might be the best way to ensure success, but if you cannot hire one at this time or are just beginning your research, the information here might be just what you need.
Here are the top five easiest ways to immigrate to Canada.
1. Express Entry Programme
The Express Entry Programme is Canada's biggest and most popular immigration pathway for all kinds of skilled workers. The express entry pool brings to Canada candidates who may be able to get Canada permanent residency through several factors.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will proactively access, recruit, and select candidates who meet the proper criteria of the three economic programmes, which include;
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
2. Family Class Sponsorship
Families in Canada can sponsor their relatives to come to Canada permanently. Being a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident allows you to sponsor your spouse, children under 22 and other relatives.
If you want to sponsor your parents or grandparents, you will need to explore the Super Visa option.
3. LMIA Work Visa
LMIA stands for Labour Market Impact Assessment, an authorisation document from Employment and Social Development Canada.
Obtaining an LMIA Work Visa gives you temporary status but offers you the opportunity to gain Canada permanent residency later. The Canada LMIA process can be daunting to many, but this is an excellent pathway for those who can work with a potential employer in Canada.
In a perfect LMIA Work Visa scenario, you connect to an employer through an online job search. The interview process with the prospective employer would reveal if the employer is either LMIA certified or is willing to become LMIA certified.
They will then petition you for a temporary work visa. Once you gain enough Canadian work experience, you will be eligible for the Canadian experience class to earn Canadian permanent residency.
4. The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a brainchild of Express Entry, as these applications are usually managed and processed in the same system.
Applying for a PNP nomination means entering a specific pool where that province or territory can nominate you and grant Canada permanent residency to fill specific labour shortages.
This is a perfect pathway for skilled foreign workers who know which province or territory they want to settle in. Making this simple decision can advance you in the immigration process as it's usually quicker and gives you additional points towards your express entry CRS score.
5. Canadian Investor Immigration
This option is best for high-net-worth individuals who have experience owning or managing a business in another country and are looking to expand to Canada. The belief is that allowing experienced business people to invest in the Canadian economy contributes to Canada’s overall growth and prosperity.
Intending candidates may be interested in categories such as the start-up visa, self-employed persons programme, business PNPs or corporate immigration.
Documents You Need to Apply for Canadian Work Visa as a Nigerian
In recent times, migrating to Canada has become the dream of young Nigerians looking for destinations with better opportunities because of reports from other young Nigerians who have become successful in their chosen careers and professions just a few years after relocating to the country.
While Canada could be a place of better opportunities, only a few know what they need to apply for a visa. In a previous report by Legit.ng, a guide by the Government of Canada on how to apply for a work visa was discussed.
Some of these requirements include proof of financial support, Medical examinations, your resume, health insurance, and school certificates.