When it comes to immigration, many Nigerians have set their sights on Canada. If you’re curious about this trend, here’s why so many are opting to settle in the Great White North. Given the abundance of good jobs available there, it’s no surprise that Canada is a popular immigration destination.
Canada is willing to accept Nigerians despite the fact that other nations have strict immigration regulations that discriminate against them. This is because Canadians hold the view that Nigerians are diligent and willing to make positive contributions to the country’s development and prosperity.
Numerous Nigerians have immigrated to Canada, and the number is expected to grow.
Canada has gained a reputation as a multicultural haven, open its arms to individuals of all backgrounds. Opportunities, a good quality of life, safety, and a variety of other benefits await you in Canada.
The Canadian borders are always open to Nigerians given that they are come to contribute to the growth and development of the nation.
This article will explore some of the factors that have led to an influx of Nigerians to Canada.
Factors Motivating Nigerian Immigration to Canada
High standard of living
Many individuals, including many Nigerians, are making the journey north of the border to Canada because of the country’s reputation as one of the world’s highest-income destinations.
Anyone who doesn’t desire a better life is lying. Compared to Nigeria, where inflation has become a scourge, the cost of living in Canada is reasonable.
Due to the lack of employment opportunities in their own country, many Nigerians have moved to Canada in pursuit of better lives. Since Nigeria has a high unemployment rate and Canada has more and better work prospects with higher pay, Nigerians should consider moving to Canada.
Canada’s immigration program for this year is aiming to bring in over 400,000 people, and Nigerians are welcome to apply. Canadians may find work in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, agriculture, oil and gas, and many more. You need to use this to your advantage.
A Robust Educational System
Do you know that some of the finest educational institutions in the world can be found in Canada? You’ve got the University of Toronto, British Columbia University, etc. The government pays for all of the cost of a public education up to the 12th grade, and the nation itself has a reputation for having a good one. Canadian university grads can hold their own against those from the world’s top schools.
According to studies, a large number of Nigerians are coming to Canada in quest of better educational and employment opportunities.
In comparison to Canada, where you may get top-notch medical treatment at no cost, hospitals in Nigeria are extremely underfunded and provide subpar care to the public. Canadian and permanent resident taxpayers are footing the bill for these services.
Security and safety
No one should be surprised to learn that a large number of Nigeria’s young people are fleeing the nation in search of a safer environment. Your life in Canada is much more secure than it would be in other countries, so you can go about your day without worrying about being attacked. When you’re in a city, the police are there to keep you safe.
The crime rate in Canada is quite low, and foreigners visiting the country need not worry about becoming the target of xenophobic assaults like those that occurred against Nigerians in South Africa. Canadians are kind and welcoming people who value diversity in terms of nationality, color, religion, and culture.
In comparison to the United States, living expenses in Canada are more reasonable. A lower income won’t keep you from living comfortably in many regions and cities.
Minimum salaries that are enticing
When compared to Nigeria, where the minimum salary is unremarkable due to the devaluation of the value of the naira, Canada is among the nations that give a fair minimum pay.
How To Move From Nigeria To Canada
The Canadian government is looking to welcome over 1 million immigrants to the country according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 and there are over 100 immigration programs through which foreign nationals can immigrate to the country to study, work, setup business or visit.
Here, we will look at some of the best immigration system to move from Nigeria to Canada and they are:
The Federal Express Entry System
This is the most popular immigration program in Canada and it was initiated in 2015 to help speed up the immigration process in Canada. It is not only the most popular but also one of the fastest immigration programs in Canada as it has a processing time that is as short as six weeks.
The Express Entry System is an online program where applicants are expected to create an online program after they must have met the requirements for the program as regards their age, work experience, education etc.
For you to complete your profile, you will need the following as these will be used to give you a score:
- Your passport or travel document
- Education credential assessment report
- Language test results
- Certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a Canadian province or territory (if you have one)
- Proof of work experience (if you have one)
- Provincial Nomination (if you have one)
After meeting these requirements, you will be placed in a pool with other applicants where a draw will be conducted and scores will be given to every applicant that is participating in that particular draw.
The scores given will be ranked against a cut-off score in a ranking system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and then applicants that meet or exceed the cut-off mark in the ranking system will be selected to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Also, you do not need a job offer from an employer in Canada to participate in this program although getting a job offer will increase your CRS score thereby increasing your chances of being selected to get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency in Canada.
There are three federal immigration streams that are managed under the Express Entry System and they are:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
So you can go through any of the streams for which you meet the requirements and move to Canada under the Express Entry System.
Provincial Nominee Program
This program is tailored at meeting the specific needs of the provinces in the country and each province is in charge of its nomination process. This is a program that is coordinated and supervised by the provincial government in conjunction with the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The program was created to help the provinces in Canada hire foreign skilled worker to come fill up labour shortages in the provinces and contribute to the workforce.
There are about 13 provinces in Canada but only 11 are participating in this Provincial Nomination Programs and these provinces have their own PNP that is created to meet their economic needs.
The requirements for the PNP differs from province to province as each province is in charge of its nomination and mind you, the provinces only nominate foreign nationals to come to Canada, they do not approve your application for Canadian immigration but a nomination from them will increase your chances of immigrating to Canada.