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Different Ways To Travel To Canada: Immigration Tips On Relocating To Canada Successfully

This article was first published in 2013 but due to many requests from fans, I have updated it with new information and helpful videos.

Before you read this article, watch this very informational video by Mr Victor Jegede first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erVfcUUoMp8


Planning to relocate to Canada from Nigeria or other parts of the world, these tips by Toronto-based Nigerian immigration lawyer Johnson Babalola and other successful immigrations will definitely be of help.

There are processes available to immigrate to Canada. Individuals must know about these processes in order to make informed decisions when they are making decisions to relocate from their countries of origin or residence.  What you are about to read are general information on some immigration programmes.

The general rule is that every person that wises to make Canada his or her home must obtain the appropriate visa for that purpose.

Generally, permanent residence visas must be applied for from outside of Canada.

There are of course, exceptions to that general rule. I will address the applications that can be made from within and outside of Canada herein and online.

Like the UK, USA , Australia, etc, Canada has a number of immigration programmes in place. Here are some of them:

Canada Skilled Worker programme

This programme is in place for certain professionals that intend to live in Canada. There are some criteria with respect to age, education, occupation, years of experience, language ability that must be met.

Canada Skilled Trades Stream programme

To address the shortage of certain skilled trade professionals in Canada, the government recently put this programme in place. In general, an applicant must have an offer of employment or obtain a certificate of competence from a Canadian province. There are other criteria to be met including language ability, experience etc.

Canada Business / Self- Employed Applicants

Canada has in place, the investor programme, the self-employed programme and the start-up entrepreneur programme. Each of these has its unique criteria and it is suggested applicants take the time to be familiar with the requirements before applying.

Canadian / Permanent Residents Sponsorships Programme

Individuals with blood relations in Canada (parents, spouses, etc) may be sponsored if their relations in Canada are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Both the sponsor and the sponsored person must meet certain criteria. Sponsored spouses will not be issued permanent resident status right away unless some conditions are met.

Work Authorization / Work Permit Visas

Those with offers of employment (Live-in Caregivers inclusive) can apply for work authorizations before entering Canada. Among other criteria, they must satisfy the interviewing visa officer that they are genuinely heading to Canada to work and not for permanent residence.

Study Authorization / Study Permit Visas

Those with offers of admission into recognized Canadian institutions of learning can apply for study authorizations before entering Canada. Among other criteria, they must satisfy the interviewing visa officer that they are genuinely heading to Canada to study and not for permanent residence.

Visitors Visas To Canada

Individuals can visit Canada for a number of reasons: business purpose, tourism, visit relations, attend short professional development programmes, medical reasons, etc. Applicants must satisfy interviewing officers that such visits are not for permanent residence.

Canadian Provincial Nominee Immigration Programmes

Most provinces have some programmes in place for immigration. They include family programmes, skilled worker programmes, investor programs etc. It is important to be aware that the criteria in place must be adhered to for you to qualify.

Quebec Immigration Programme

The province of Quebec has its unique immigration programmes: investor, skilled professionals etc. It is important to note that the process will commence in Quebec and that the criteria are different from the federal immigration programmes.

Note: Please note that the foregoing are not exhaustive as there are other programmes to be discussed in subsequent articles.

For detail information on these programmes and the application forms, visit the official website of the Canada Immigration service at https://cic.gc.ca

 About the author: Babalola is a Toronto, Canada-based immigration and business lawyer. He is with the Law Society of Upper Canada. E-mail: johnson@jblaw.ca

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34 Comments

34 Comments

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    August 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    It is a welcome development.After all it educate our people here as to how to go about getting a visa to reside in Canada.

  2. edna

    August 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    is very difficult to get canada visa. this year, i apply for visa to visit canada. i base in spain and i was deny of visa despite d fact dat i hav all d document needed. they told me i might never return to spain if i get to canada as a result i was deny of visa.

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    August 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    @ edna u’re right, the immigration rule in canada is only favourite to Indians and Asian countries. I have applied 3 times and since them I dumped dem.
    I got US visa on one try.
    Dt country is out of it. Try applying to US or UK

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