How to Immigrate to Canada From Lebanon

Published on: August 24th, 2020
Last updated: November 22nd, 2023

The Lebanese population in Canada is one of the fastest-growing demographics. In 2001, there were nearly 144,000 Lebanese in Canada, and according to the 2021 census, there are around 210,000 Canadians who claimed Lebanese heritage.

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Lebanese Canadians

Lebanese Canadians are individuals of Lebanese descent who are living in Canada. They are part of the broader Canadian multicultural mosaic, contributing to the country’s cultural, social, and economic diversity.

Lebanese migration to Canada has occurred over several decades, with waves of immigration at different points in history. The reasons for migration vary and may include economic opportunities, political instability, and seeking a better quality of life. Lebanese Canadians have made significant contributions to various fields, including business, academia, politics, and the arts.

Lebanese Population in Canada by Province

Immigration to Canada from Lebanon

There has recently been a rapid influx in Lebanese nationals applying for Canadian permanent residence. With over 80 active Canadian immigration programs, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. We have created this guide to highlight the best (and fastest) options for Canadian immigration for Lebanese nationals.

Express Entry

Express Entry is the fastest and most popular program of the Canadian government. 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.

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.

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 Provincial Nominee Program, which is aligned with Express Entry, you will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This means you are basically guaranteed 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! 

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 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.

Quebec Immigration Process

Most of the Lebanese population of Canada live in two provinces: Ontario and Quebec. Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec, and more than 3% of its population is made up of Lebanese Canadians. French is often taught in Lebanese schools, particularly in the Beirut area. As Quebec is primarily French-speaking, Lebanese nationals with French language proficiency should place Quebec at the top of their list when considering their Canadian immigration options.

Quebec operates several different immigration programs enabling eligible candidates to secure Canadian permanent residence.

The federal government has granted the province of Quebec significantly more autonomy in their immigration process and policies, which is why Quebec’s immigration programs are often treated separately from other provinces.


Navigating Cultural Shifts: A Lebanese Perspective on Life in Canada

As you embark on the journey from Lebanon to Canada, be prepared to encounter a tapestry of cultural differences that will shape your experience in this new land.

Canada’s multicultural society, characterized by its diversity and inclusivity, offers a stark contrast to the close-knit, historically rich fabric of Lebanon. Embrace the cultural mosaic of Canada, where people from all corners of the world coexist. Adjusting to the Canadian way of life may initially be challenging, from adapting to the four distinct seasons to navigating the cultural nuances in social interactions.

Embracing open-mindedness and appreciating the unique customs and traditions of your new home will undoubtedly enrich your journey and foster connections with Canadians from various backgrounds. Remember, the fusion of Lebanese warmth and Canadian hospitality will create a unique blend, shaping your identity as a Lebanese Canadian.

Which Option Is 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.

Interested in learning more about these or other Canadian immigration programs? Complete our free online assessment and a member of the Canadim Team will contact you to discuss your options!

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