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Canada PR From Nigeria

Over 70,000 people of Nigerian descent call Canada home, and it remains a popular country for many Nigerians who wish to move abroad for work and study opportunities, as well as to reunite with family.

Gaining permanent residency in Canada can be a challenging process, especially if you are applying from abroad. Total Law are here to help. Contact us today online or call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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    Should I Move to Canada from Nigeria?

    Canada is a very popular choice for many Nigerians looking to move abroad from Nigeria. Perhaps you are looking to follow a dream career path, obtain an excellent education for yourself or your family, or are simply on the search for an improved quality of life.

    Canada is a very pro-immigration nation that offers world-renowned schools and education programmes, has lots of exciting job opportunities, offers universal healthcare, has a thriving economy, and ranks as one of the top 10 safest countries in the world.

    Canada offers a great entry programme for immigrants looking to move abroad and gain permanent residency in Canada, whether it be through the Express Entry system or through economic immigration.

    Do I Need to Take a Language Test to Become a Permanent Resident in Canada?

    In order to apply for permanent residence in Canada, you will need to prove that you have sufficient language skills in either English or French.

    IELTS and CELPIP are the most popular English tests that are accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and by educational institutions across the country.

    You must take the General Training option for IELTS, or the CELPIP-General test for CELPIP.

    You must achieve at least a 6.0 in your results for IELTS, and a minimum of 4 in CELPIP, though this depends on which immigration route you are applying for.

    The French options accepted by the CIC and Canadian education institutions are TEF Canada and TCF Canada.

    You must take the test within two years of applying for Canadian residency, and must have the results sent directly to you so that you can include them in your application.

    Express Entry


    The Express Entry programme offers foreign skilled workers the opportunity to gain a Canadian permanent residency visa quickly, based on desirable skilled trades that require a larger workforce.

    Express Entry is one of the most common routes for immigration to Canada for many foreign nationals who have a robust work experience in desirable skilled trades, as well as proficient language skills. If you are eligible for Express Entry, it can be a relatively quick application process that allows you to gain residency in Canada as soon as possible.

    The Canadian government aims to offer permanent residency to more than 110,000 people each year via the Express Entry route. This makes Express Entry a good option to take for Nigerians looking to move permanently to Canada.

    There are three key routes that you can take for Express Entry:

    • Canadian Experience Class – for skilled workers who have at least three years of work experience in Canada
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program – for skilled workers aged 25-30 who meet specific higher education and language criteria, and have work experience in their field
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program – for qualified skilled trade workers with a valid qualification certificate or job offer from a Canadian company.


    The Canadian government uses a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) where your work experience and personal circumstances are calculated on a points-based system. You can achieve up to a total score of 1200 points.

    Every two weeks, the applicants with the highest scores will be invited by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to apply for permanent residency.

    The CRS is based on the following factors:

    • “Core human capital factors”: these factors include age, educational qualification, language abilities, foreign or Canadian work experience
    • How transferrable your skilled work experience is
    • Factors regarding your accompanying spouse or common-law partner, if applicable
    • Factors regarding family living in Canada, if applicable
    • Employment and nomination factors, such as job offers from Canadian companies, invitation to study in Canada, or provincial nomination.

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      Canadian Experience Class

      Canadian Experience Class is an Express Entry route only available to those who have already gained at least one year of skilled work experience, or a total of 1560 working hours, in Canada within the last three years. This may look like:

      • Having had a full-time job for at least 30 hours a week for 12 months
      • Having had a part-time job of around 20 hours per week for 24 months
      • Having worked under temporary residence status, gaining the relevant work experience.

      Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

      Many Nigerian nationals choose the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) as their route for immigration to Canada. The FSWP allows you to apply for permanent residence if you have a specific work experience background that is eligible for the programme.

      In order to apply for Canadian permanent residence, you must be able to meet the following criteria:

      • Evidence that you have the financial means to support yourself and your family (if applicable) in Canada
      • 12 continuous months of full time paid work experience within the past 10 years in a skilled occupation that is listed under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3. Examples of jobs that fall under this category include:
        • Financial Advisors
        • Laboratory Technicians
        • Dental Assistants
        • Office Managers
      • A Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or a credential from a foreign country with an Education Credential Assessment report.
      • An IELTS or CELPIP test that confirms your English or French language abilities (reading, writing, speaking, listening) meets a grade 7 in the Canadian Language Benchmark.
      • A minimum of 67 points on the IRCC’s immigration selection factors.

      Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP)

      The Federal Skills Trades Program is another Express Entry immigration route that allows access to permanent residency in Canada. To be eligible for this programme, you must:

      • Have at least 2 years of full-time or 4 years of part-time work experience in one of the listed skilled trades. You must have gained this experience within five years of applying. Please note unpaid or volunteer experience doesn’t count.
      • Meet proficient language levels in English or French
      • Meet the requirements for a specific job listed in the FSTP, or have a relevant certificate or qualification to prove your experience or abilities in the field, or
      • Receive an offer from a Canadian company of full-time work for at least one year or a qualification issued by a Canadian governmental authority.

      Examples of jobs that are available through the FSTP are:

      • Transportation Officers or Controllers
      • Occupations in industries surrounding natural resources, agriculture and related fields (supervisors, operators, controllers)
      • Occupations in industries surrounding processing, manufacturing and utilities (supervisors, operators, controllers)
      • Cooks, butchers, bakers, or chefs
      • Occupations related to aircraft assembling

      You must prove that your experience meets the description of the NOC, or your application will be refused.

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        Provincial Nominee Program

        The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the other major option for Nigerian immigration candidates.

        The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a desirable route for many Nigerian nationals for immigration to Canada and for gaining permanent resident status.

        There are a total of 10 provinces in Canada, and most offer the Provincial Nominee Program. As the second largest country in the world, each province has a unique landscape, territory, and demographic, and therefore each has individual skilled worker requirements to add to their workforce and local economies.

        In order to be eligible as a provincial nominee, you must contact the province you are interested in applying to and find out whether you meet the minimum requirements of its nomination program. The 10 provinces that offer PNPs are:

        • Alberta
        • British Columbia
        • Manitoba
        • New Brunswick
        • Newfoundland and Labrador
        • Northwest Territories
        • Nova Scotia
        • Ontario
        • Prince Edward Island
        • Saskatchewan
        • Yukon.

        Family Sponsorship

        If you have a relative or spouse that lives in Canada, you may be able to apply for Canadian permanent residence through family sponsorship. In order to sponsor you, the family member in Canada must be above 18 years old and should either:

        • Be a Canadian citizen, or
        • Be a Canadian Permanent Resident.

        In order to move from Nigeria to Canada through the family sponsorship immigration route, your family member must prove that they have sufficient financial stability so that they can support you. You should not require social assistance, and financial means to pay for accommodation, food and clothing must be proven.

        Applying for permanent residency through family sponsorship can be a particularly complicated process, as there are two people involved in the application process and, therefore, more room for errors or misunderstandings with the application. Perhaps your connection to the relative is complicated, and you are unsure if you are fully eligible for sponsorship through your relative.

        Total Law is here to help. Contact us online today or call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 for expert advice and support with your application.

        How Do I Apply for the Family Sponsorship Immigration Route?

        There are two different application processes that must be completed by both you and your sponsor. Once both applications have been completed, they must be submitted together.

        As of 23 September 2022, all applications must be filled in online, unless you have particular mitigating circumstances, such as a disability that requires accommodations.

        Below is a list of the forms that your sponsor is required to fill out and submit:

        • Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM 1344) (this must be signed by both parties)
        • Financial Evaluation (IMM 1283)
        • Medical Condition Statement (IMM 0133)
        • Forms for allowing an immigration representative to access the application
        • Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada (IMM 5604) – if applicable
        • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409) – if applicable.
        • Below is a list of the forms you are required to fill out and submit:
        • Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
        • Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
        • Additional Family Information (IMM 5406).

        Please note that if you are under the age of 18 you will be required to have a guardian fill these forms out for you.

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          Economic Immigration: Nigerian Start-Ups and Business Options for Immigration to Canada


          Nigerian businesses wishing to expand abroad have seen an increase in success in Canada in recent years. There are a number of exciting opportunities available in Canada for those of Nigerian origin who own businesses, are an entrepreneur, or are self-employed. The economic immigration route is especially popular amongst Nigerian nationals.

          Four immigration programmes are available to Nigerian nationals for economic immigration, and each route offers the applicant and their family eligibility for permanent residency in Canada.

          PNP – Provincial Nominee Programs

          As discussed in this page, PNPs often serve as a successful route for economic immigration purposes so long as you are willing to move your business to a specific region of Canada that is suggested by the Canadian authorities. Ontario and Alberta are particularly popular PNP choices for Nigerians.

          Provincial Owner-Operator LMIA Program

          This route has been particularly successful over the years for many Nigerian businesses immigrating to Canada. However, there have been significant changes in regulations since 2021 and many prefer to take the Entrepreneur Work Permit route instead.

          Entrepreneur Work Permits

          This route is best suited to entrepreneurs who still have small businesses but are looking to grow and develop in Canada. It is a good route to take if you are of Nigerian origin with significant entrepreneurial or management experience, or have a high-net worth and are looking to start or invest in a business in Canada. You must live in Canada and run your business for at least 1 year on this work permit before you are considered eligible for residency in Canada.

          Please note this route will require you to have around $500,000 CAN to invest and spend on your business.

          ICT – Intra Company Transfer

          If you already have a well-established business in Nigeria and are looking to expand into a new country, then the Intra Company Transfer route is a good option to choose for Nigerian business owners. Usually, the ICT route helps by allowing you to move key members of your team abroad to Canada to establish the business in new territory. After living and working in Canada for 1 year on an ICT permit, Nigerian nationals will become eligible for Canadian permanent residence.

          How Much Does it Cost to Apply for Permanent Residency In Canada From Nigeria?


          The cost of emigrating to Canada very much depends on which immigration route you take to gain permanent residency. It also varies according to age, and how many dependents you have.

          Please note that you must be able to prove that you have the means to support yourself while in Canada, also known as proving that you have settlement funds. This is around the equivalent of $13,000 CAN dollars per applicant.

          Once you are a permanent resident, you must pay $50 for your Permanent Residence Card and $50 for a Permanent Residence Travel Document.

          Additional Costs to Consider

          All prices are subject to change, and there are lots of additional costs that may apply to your application, such as accessing or translating particular documents, hiring legal representation, completing proficiency tests and providing biometrics, employer compliance applications, and more.

          You will very likely need to take a Canadian-government approved language proficiency test, such as IELTS or CELPIP, in English or French. This will have an additional cost and fees will vary depending on whether you take the test in Nigeria or abroad.

          Express Entry Fees

          The general cost per adult for Express Entry is $1365 Canadian dollars.

          Application processing fee $850 CAN
          Right of permanent residence fee $515 CAN
          Include dependent child (per child) $230 CAN

          Family Sponsorship Fees

          The cost of the Family Sponsorship immigration route for Canada varies according to the relationship you have with the family member in question, and the age of the person being sponsored.

          Application processing fee (ADULT) $490 CAN
          Application processing fee (CHILD) $75 CAN
          Right of permanent residence fee $515 CAN
          Sponsorship fee $75 CAN
          Include dependent child (per child) $155 CAN

          If you are moving to Canada to gain residency via an economic immigration scheme, then you will need to prove significant sums of money that you plan to invest in Canada through your company. You may have to invest in a Canadian company, or offer an interest-free loan to a province or the federal government.

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            What Documents Do I Need?

            Each application process will require different documentation, however In general, you should have valid copies of the following documents:

            • A valid passport or travel identity card
            • A recent passport-quality photograph
            • The relevant application forms
            • Medical exams
            • Proof of funds
            • Birth certificate or adoption certificate if you are applying with a dependent under 18
            • Representative form if you have hired an immigration lawyer
            • Marriage certificate or proof of common law relationship if applicable
            • Divorce certificate if applicable
            • Death certificate if you are widowed
            • A criminal record check.

            How Long Does it Take to Apply for Permanent Residency in Canada?

            In general, applications for permanent residency in Canada usually take up to six months of processing time. However, this could take longer depending on your particular circumstances.

            If you are required to make alterations to your application, or you are required to attend an interview to clarify your circumstances, the application process could take longer. It is therefore important to make sure you leave plenty of time between submitting your application and the time you plan to relocate to Canada.

            How Can Total Law Help?

            Canada is an exciting country of choice for many Nigerian nationals who wish to start a new life abroad. Canada has some of the best work opportunities in the world, is very politically stable and has an excellent social welfare and healthcare system. It is also considered one of the most friendly countries in the world.

            We understand that if you are applying for permanent residency in Canada, you need to be sure that your application process goes as smoothly as possible, especially if you are moving with a family, which takes considerable time to arrange and has a high cost attached to it. It would be very frustrating if your application were refused due to simple errors made in the process.

            That’s why Total Law is here to help. We have a team of expert immigration lawyers who can support you through each step of the application process and advise you on your next steps. Contact us today online or call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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                      Frequently Asked Questions

                      The Provincial Nominee Program is not the same as the Express Entry route, but they are connected.

                      Initially the Provincial Nominee Programs set out their specific requirements for skilled workers to join their workforce, which you can apply for assuming you meet the criteria the province sets out.

                      However, sometimes PNPs will use the pool of applications available in the Express Entry system to search for a candidate that fits the criteria they are looking for. Therefore, you can apply to be in the pool of applications in Express Entry as well as apply specifically to a PNP, and this is actually recommended, as it gives you a higher chance of being considered and selected for permanent residency in Canada.

                      Yes, permanent residency is one of the best routes to take to eventually acquire Canadian citizenship. Usually, you need to have been registered as a permanent resident in Canada for at least five years and have lived in the country for a minimum of three of those years, though there may be options for gaining citizenship sooner, for example through marrying a Canadian citizen.

                      Yes. There are many factors that contribute to your total CRS score, such as your education, language abilities, skilled work experience, certifications or qualifications, job offers, provincial nominations, and partner or familial ties. It might be worth seeing if your partner would achieve a higher CRS score based on their circumstances, or applying for jobs in Canada so that you receive a permanent work offer in the country.