Canada is no doubt one of the most fascinating havens for immigrants, as it provides a great avenue for immigration through its great schools, wonderful work environment, soaring GDP, unique weather and stable socio-economic environment. It not only provides exceptional facilities and perfect settings for prospective immigrants, but it also provides one of the most well-thought-out migration plans with adaptable rules for applicants.
To live in Canada you’ll have to choose from an array of options provided below based on your particular needs, profile and requirements. Here are some of the few pathways available to you.
- Migrate to Canada as Skilled Worker
- Federal Skilled Trades Program.
- Canadian Experience Class (A visa category for applicants who already have working or studying experience in Canada)
- Temporary Workers Visa
- Work on Study Permit
- Work as a Sponsored family member (include marriage to a Canadian citizen)
There are still other available means of migrating to Canada but many of them are not opened to Nigerians.
HOWEVER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS WRITE-UP, I will focus on Federal Skilled Worker Program for federal and Provincial also known as Canadian Express Entry.
WHAT IS CANADIAN EXPRESS ENTRY?
Express Entry is a collection system for Canadian immigration, designed to choose skilled workers for immigration to Canada. Express Entry is an entirely electronic process involving the federal government, provincial governments, and Canadian employers of labour.
Stages in Express Entry:
- Potential candidates must complete an online Express Entry profile.
- The highest-ranking candidates in the pool will be invited to apply for permanent residence.
Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based called the ‘Comprehensive Ranking System’. Points are awarded using the information in their profile.
Candidates with the highest scores in the pool will be issued an invitation to apply. Candidates will be awarded points for:
– a job offer, and/or
– a nomination from a province or territory, and/or
– skills and experience factors.
A candidate can get additional points for:
– a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment(LMIA), or
– a recommendation by a province/territory
These additional points will make a candidate rank high enough to earn a call for an application at the next eligible round of invitations.
If someone is invited to apply, they have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) will process the majority of complete applications in six months or less.
Applicants can stay in the pool for up to 12 months. If they do not get an invite to apply for permanent residence within 12 months of tendering an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the conditions, they can re-enter the pool. This will ensure there are no backlogs and help with quick processing times.
With all this said and done, someone can work on his application to always improve their CRS scores by either improving on their IELTS Scores, Experience, Validated Job Offer, Nomination from Province which will help an individual in getting the ITA to proceed further.
The decision is now solely yours!
For further information, you could refer to Canada’s official migration website here