In 2019, Nigeria was the fourth-largest country of origin of new immigrants to Canada after China, India and the Philippines.
Last year, 12,600 Nigerians were granted permanent resident status in Canada, tripling the number of Nigerians immigrating to Canada since 2015.
The vast majority of Nigerians came to Canada as economic class immigrants. The main process by which Canada processes economic class immigration applications is Express Entry, and 65% of Nigerian immigrants gained permanent resident status in Canada through Express Entry in 2019.
Nigeria was the third source country last year for those who received an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) under the Express Entry programme.
Why Nigerian immigration to Canada is on the rise ?
Several factors have contributed to the increase in the number of Nigerians immigrating to Canada.
Since the global drop in oil prices in 2014, economic growth in the oil-rich country has slowed down; until 2014, Nigeria’s economic growth rate was around 5% per year, but since then, growth has slowed down to around 2% per year.
As a result, more and more Nigerian professionals are heading to countries like Canada in search of economic opportunities.
Canada is an attractive destination for Nigerians because it offers economic opportunities in sectors which are appealing to Nigerian professionals, such as oil and gas, ICT, health care, and other STEM-related fields.
5 Ways to Move to Canada from Nigeria in 2021
- Obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through Express Entry
The Express Entry system is the main immigration route for skilled Nigerian workers who wish to live and work in Canada. The goal is to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence through the Express Entry points system known as the Global Ranking System (GRS).
How to obtain an ITA?
Express Entry applicants are scored on criteria such as age, work experience, language skills and education. Applicants with higher scores will receive an ITA in the bi-weekly Express Entry draw. There are several ways to improve your score, including accepting a job offer in Canada or receiving a provincial nomination worth 600 SRC points. For more information, see below.
How long does it take to process my Express Entry application?
Express Entry is one of the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria, and the application process takes only 6 months.
- Obtaining a provincial nomination (PN).
Where would you like to live in Canada? Canada is a very large country with 13 provinces and territories, 11 of which have their own provincial immigration programmes. There are about 80 programmes in the participating provinces! Canada is looking to admit between 64,000 and 81,500 immigrants in 2021 through the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP).
If you are nominated, you can apply for permanent residence in Canada from Nigeria and settle in the province that nominated you.
How does the Provincial Nominee Program work?
PNPs are designed to meet the economic needs of the province or territory. For example, the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP) accepts skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers, with a focus on truck drivers and Francophones. It should be noted that some PNP applicants must have valid work experience, training or a job offer in their country.
You can apply directly to a PNP or use your Express Entry profile to send an expression of interest to the province seeking someone with your skills.
- Study in Canada to qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Studying in Canada on a student visa does not directly lead to permanent residency, but it is an effective stepping stone that can greatly improve your chances of success after graduation! As mentioned earlier.
Earning a Canadian qualification, such as a certificate, diploma or degree, works in your favour as it carries more weight in your immigration application than foreign credentials.
If you are studying a qualifying programme that lasts longer than eight months in Canada, you may also be eligible for a post-study work permit that allows you to reside and work anywhere in the country to gain work experience after you graduate. Work experience and study in Canada is the ideal way to gain permanent residency in Canada from Nigeria.
Looking for an affordable way to study in Canada? Talk to our study advisors about low-cost short courses that are also recognised by PGWP.
- Work in Canada as an agricultural worker or caregiver.
Canada has an ongoing need for agricultural workers and caregivers, and welcomes foreign workers in these occupations through a special work permit program. Canada is the second largest country in the world and has an equally large agricultural sector employing approximately 2.3 million people, most of whom work in agriculture as seasonal foreign workers. On the other hand, Canada’s population is rapidly ageing and needs care and support.
The good news is that your work stay in Canada can lead to a permanent future in the far north. If you have worked in a skilled position in agriculture or caregiving in your home country, you can apply to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the Family Caregiver Pilot. All you need is one to two years of work experience in Canada and a permanent job offer from your employer.
- Receive a job offer from a designated employer in Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic Immigrant Pilot (AIP) is an employer-driven program where you can apply to move from Nigeria to Canada and settle in one of the Atlantic provinces, which include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The main requirement is that you receive a job offer from a designated employer in one of the provinces. Below is a list of designated employers.
List of Designated Employers