IMMIGRATE TO CANADA
NOTE FOR NIGERIANS
If you are a Nigerian, whether living in Nigeria or based abroad in any foreign country (including in Canada, the United States, the UK, Australia, etc.), we recommend you visit our dedicated page on Moving to Canada from Nigeria, as it contains lots of country-specific information that you will find valuable.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
If you are currently in the United States of America (USA), whether as a US citizen or an international student (F1 student visa holder) or foreign worker (H1B work visa holder) currently living legally in the United States, we recommend you visit our dedicated page on Moving to Canada from the USA, as it contain lots of country-specific information that you will find valuable.
Canadian immigration for foreign nationals has been on an upward increase over the years.
The Canadian government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada – IRCC (formerly, CIC) admit approximately 300,000 immigrants to Canada annually.
There are more than 60 Canadian immigration programs available to those seeking to immigrate to Canada. However, many Canadian immigrants receive Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) status under the:
- Economic Class, and
- Family Class.
Canadian Immigration – Economic Class
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) – Express Entry: Find out how the FSW Express Entry program works.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program – Express Entry.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – Express Entry: Established for foreign/international graduates and temporary foreign workers with qualifying Canadian work experience. Learn more about immigrating to Canada through studying in Canada.
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – Express Entry: Learn more about this Canada immigration pathway here.
- Quebec Skilled Worker Class.
- Business, Investment-based programs.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) manages the economic class immigration using the Express Entry System.
Learn more about Canada Immigration through Express Entry.
Canadian Immigration – Family Class
Under the federal family class, a Canadian Citizen or a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) can sponsor their family members to relocate to Canada.
Those that can be sponsored include:
- Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner (over the age of 16).
- Unmarried dependent child under the age of 22.
- A parent or grandparent.
- A brother, sister, nephew, niece, grandchild who is orphan, unmarried and under 18 years of age.
- Any other relative. This is only applicable if the sponsor does not have any of the above relatives or family member, whether in Canada or abroad.
Humanitarian and Refugee pathways
If you are fleeing prosecution from your home country, then this may be a viable option for you to immigrate to Canada.
Which is the right Canada immigration program for me?
The right Canadian immigration program for you will depend on your personal situation, characteristics (e.g. age, financial situation, etc.), and your goals.
We will update this content soon with examples of different scenarios and our recommended Canadian immigration option.
As the Canadian government is constantly updating its immigration programs, it is important that you do a proper assessment of yourself to determine which option will work best for you.