How to Apply for a Canadian Visa from Ghana

A Canadian visa or permit allows you to enter Canada to work, study, visit, immigrate or start a business in the country. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Ghanaians apply for Canadian visas each year to seek better careers, education and quality of life in the far north. The good news is that Canada will welcome more than one million immigrants between 2020 and 2022 through a variety of immigration and visa categories. If you qualify for one of these programs or visas, Canada could be your new home.

Canada has one of the fastest immigration systems for skilled workers in the world. It is known as Express Entry and processes applications in just 6 months. This means you can get a permanent residence visa in less than a year. In addition, there is a high demand for workers in the transportation, health care, construction, hospitality and mining sectors across Canada, and even higher demand due to the loss of jobs as a result of COVID-19.

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In this blog, we look at how to apply for a Canadian visa from Ghana, as well as the most popular immigration and visa programs available.

Why You Should Apply for a Canadian Visa from Ghana

1. Job opportunities

Ghana’s economy has failed to create enough jobs for its people, especially its youth. Some 825,000 Ghanaians have struggled to find work since 2019. Canada, on the other hand, has the opposite problem. There are more than enough jobs and businesses, but there just aren’t enough people to fill the vacancies due to the country’s retiring population and underpopulated remote regions. In addition, there are currently hundreds of in-demand jobs in retail, restaurants, hotels, construction and manufacturing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that now more than ever, Canada will rely on immigration and temporary labour from abroad to help build its economy.

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2. Enjoy equality in a multicultural nation

In Canada, you have the right to date and marry the person you love. LGBTQ+ rights are celebrated across the country. You never have to worry about discrimination or homophobia because you can freely express yourself in Canada. Canada hosts the biggest Pride Festival every year in Toronto, where thousands of LGBTQ+ people take to the streets in colourful attire with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Don’t be surprised if you find traditional Ghanaian dishes like Waakye and Tuo Zaafi served in Canadian restaurants. Canada prides itself on being one of the most multicultural nations in the world and is home to a large and thriving Ghanaian ex-pat community.

3. Get excellent healthcare at no cost

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If you move to Canada from Ghana, you’ll get all medically necessary healthcare at no cost. This includes surgery, births, doctor visits plus much more! Canada has one of the best public health systems in the world with some of the best medical staff. Your family’s health will always be put first in Canada.

3 Steps to Apply for a Canadian Visa from Ghana

Step 1. Find out which Canadian visa or program you qualify for

Before you can apply for a Canadian visa from Ghana, you first need to know what type of visa you qualify for. This is a very important step and forms the very basis of your travel to Canada. Not everyone qualifies for all visa types, and many times applicants are rejected. There are currently over 70 visa and immigration programs, each with its own eligibility criteria (age, language proficiency, work experience, education, etc.) and unique application process. This makes the first step quite complicated if you are not aware of all your options. Successful Ghanaian applicants use the professional services of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) to help them identify the most appropriate visa type based on their needs and goals.

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Popular Canadian Visa Types

1. Express Entry

You can apply for a permanent resident visa through the Express Entry immigration system, which processes skilled worker applications in as little as 6 months. You do not need Canadian work experience to be eligible for Express Entry immigration, and you can therefore apply directly from Ghana. However, you must have qualifying work experience in a professional, managerial, commercial or technical job, among other criteria.

2. Study permit for students

Thousands of students from around the world study at Canadian universities and colleges every year. Not only do they gain world-renowned qualifications, but once they graduate, they have some exciting options to choose from. Graduates can apply for Post-Graduate Work Permits to work anywhere in Canada to kick-start their careers. Some students with qualifying degrees, such as medical graduates, can apply for Provincial Nomination Programs in the province they studied to become permanent residents.

3. Work permit

If you want to work in Canada, you need a work permit. This is the most popular type of visa to get because many Canadian immigration categories require you to work in Canada for a certain period of time before you can apply for permanent residence. Let’s take a look at some of these popular immigration pilots below:
Immigration Pilots

4. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador make up the Atlantic regions of Canada. If you like living close to the coast, then this one is for you! Atlantic Pilot has three immigration programs for foreigners to apply for permanent resident visas and settle in these four beautiful provinces. The programs are the Atlantic High-Skilled & Intermediate Skilled Programs and the Atlantic International Graduate Program.

You must have a valid job offer from a designated employer in one of the four participating provinces. The job offer must be for a full-time, paid position and must be for at least one year of work.

5. Agri-Food Pilot

If you are an agricultural worker or have agricultural management skills, you may work in Canada through a seasonal or temporary work program, which in turn will make you eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Agri-Food Pilot program.

6. Saskatchewan Truck Driver Pilot

Truck drivers are in demand across Canada. The Prairie province of Saskatchewan, which accounts for a large portion of Canada’s agricultural production, has a special immigration program dedicated to truck drivers from countries like Ghana. Ghanaians can apply to immigrate through this pilot program after working in Saskatchewan as a truck driver for 6 months, among other criteria.

7. Caregiver Pilot

Home caregivers and home helpers such as au-pairs, nannies, foster parents’ housekeepers, personal assistants and family caregivers can apply to immigrate to Canada after working in one of these positions in Canada and receiving full-time job offers from their employers.

Step 2. Collect supporting documents

Which program speaks most to you? Once you’ve chosen the perfect Canadian visa type for which you qualify, you’ll need to collect supporting documents for your application. Here’s a list of supporting documents you may need. Note that some documents may be optional depending on your visa type.

  • IELTS/TEF Language Test Results
  • Education Credential Assessment (if applicable)
  • Proof of Valid Job Offer (if applicable)
  • LMIA Document (if applicable)
  • Valid Passport
  • Resume/CV
  • 2 Passport Size Photos
  • Proof of Funds (Bank Statements)
  • Letter of Acceptance (Student Visa)
  • Family/Dependants Information

Step 3. Apply for your Canadian visa from Ghana!

It’s time for the second most important step of your Canadian journey, because in addition to choosing the right visa type, you’ll need to apply to the right department (provincial or federal) with all your supporting documents and a properly completed application. A small mistake could mean that your application is rejected. Once you’ve applied for your visa or immigration program, you’ll be notified if your application was approved, and then you can pack your bags for a new life in Canada!

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