Canada: A better Alternative for Nigerian Immigrants
The Canadian government has put in place, immigration policies that welcome a ton of new Nigerians each year into its confines.
One of such Immigration pathways, which is very popular, is the Express Entry Immigration System, which has options for skilled workers from Nigeria and other countries around the world to come into Canada.
In 2017, Canada admitted about 2800 Nigerians into Canada, through the Express Entry System. In 2018, Canada admitted about 6,600 Nigerians into Canada through the Express Entry system; this shows a progressive increase in the number of Nigerians that have gained a pathway into the land of a maple leaf (Canada).
Before applying for the Express Entry program, it is essential to understand some factors behind it. This program uses a competitive point-based system to evaluate and rank candidates on different factors that can determine their success in the country, such as:
- education level,
- proficiency in English or French language,
- previous or current work experience, and
- other connections the candidate may have with Canada.
Nigerians can gain access to Canada through the following three federal programs managed through Express Entry:
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
This category is for skilled workers who have work experience in Canada and want to apply for permanent residence. The minimum requirements to be eligible is to:
1. Meet the required language levels for each language ability, which include: writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
2. Have skilled work experience of at least one year in Canada in at least three years before application. The work experience must be full time or part-time equivalent.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
This program is for skilled workers with experience who want to migrate to Canada permanently.
Skilled work experience means that you have at least one year work experience in at least one of these National Occupation Classification (NOC) groups:
- Managerial jobs (Skill type 0),
- Professional Jobs (Skill level A),
- or technical jobs and skilled trades (Skill level B).
Also, you must meet the minimum language requirements in English or French language with a specific minimum score.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
To meet local labour market needs, provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry Pool, through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
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