Your Options When You Are Immigrating From Nigeria To Canada

Moving from Nigeria to Canada is an exciting thought for some Nigerians. The largest influx of Nigerian immigrants to Canada occurred in the late 1960s and mid-1970s. Today, there are more than 20,000 people in Canada who describe themselves as Nigerians.

Some Nigerians have relatives in Canada and want to move to Canada to be closer to these relatives. Other Nigerians may want to move to Canada for expanded rights and opportunities, for better economic opportunities or to enjoy an unusual landscape.


But whatever a Nigerian’s reason for wanting to move to Canada, he or she must meet a few criteria and would face an immigration process that can be confusing, and the same is true for a move from Canada to the United States.

Your Options for Immigrating to Canada From Nigeria

The main immigration routes from Canada are:

Family class sponsorship.


Family class sponsored immigration allows permanent residents and Canadian citizens to support their relatives for immigration purposes.

Federal/state economic class.

  • Federal/state skilled worker
  • Federal/Government Skilled Trades
  • Canada Experience Class

The Canadian immigration system under the Federal/Government Economic Class uses the Express Entry program. Many territories also use a comparative approach to the articulation of intrigue.


Applicants must submit a profile based on key factors such as age, education, job performance and language skills.

The highest scoring profiles will receive an invitation to apply to one of the above immigration programmes.

Applicants usually have 60 days to submit a complete application.


Provincial/territorial economic class.

  • Immigration to Ontario
  • Immigration to Quebec
  • Immigration to Alberta
  • Immigration in British Columbia
  • Immigration in Manitoba
  • Immigration in New Brunswick
  • Immigration in Newfoundland
  • Immigration in Nova Scotia
  • Immigration in Saskatchewan
  • Immigration in Prince Edward Island

These provinces are mainly looking for skilled workers who can easily integrate into the Canadian workforce.

Quebec has autonomy over its immigration system and has the ability to develop its own programs.

Quebec has recently introduced an expression of interest system such as Express Entry.

Immigration in Quebec.

  • It has legally obtained individual assets totalling $2 million;
  • Two years of reasonable administrative or professional experience in the five years preceding the application;
  • An asset of $1.2 million in a passive investment fund guaranteed by the government for five years without interest;
  • Intention to reside in Quebec.

Finally, the areas require time spent in Canada setting up a business as an impermanent inhabitant before applicants are selected for a permanent home.



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