How to Immigrate to Canada From Nigeria

Published on: September 11th, 2020
Last updated: October 13th, 2022

Nigerian immigration to Canada has become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, Nigeria is one of the main source countries of Canada’s immigrant population; over 15,000 Nigerians immigrated to Canada in 2021.

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For many Nigerians, immigrating 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 immigrate 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.

Don’t know what your CRS score is? Find out now using our CRS Score Calculator! 

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.

How much does it cost to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria?

The cost of immigrating to Canada from Nigeria is generally about $2,300 CAD for a single applicant, or about $4,500 CAD for a couple. This amount will also vary depending on which program you are applying through.

Keep in mind that this total does not include the settlement funds that most candidates must show to be eligible for Canadian immigration; this amount will vary by family size, starting at around $13,000 CAD for a single applicant.

Do I need the IELTS to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria?

If you want to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria, you will almost certainly need to take one of Canada’s official language exams. Almost all Canadian immigration programs require candidates to provide French or English language results from an authorized organization.

To demonstrate your English language ability, you can take either the IELTS or CELPIP test. Both CELPIP and IELTS have testing locations in Nigeria.

The Canadian government does not have a preferred test, you can choose whichever one is most convenient for you.

Which option is right for me?

The Canadim Law Firm is a full-service Canadian immigration law firm. The options mentioned above are only a small sample of the types of applications we handle. Our firm and dedicated team is your Canadian Immigration solution. We handle everything from work permits, criminal inadmissibility, student visas and all applications for Canadian Permanent Residence.

Get in touch with us today and fill out a free online assessment to start your Canadian Immigration journey on the right foot.

 

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