With a Canadian visa or Canadian residence permit, you can enter Canada to work, study, visit, immigrate or start a business. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Ghanaians apply for Canadian visas every year to pursue better careers, education and quality of life in the far north. The good news is that Canada will admit more than one million immigrants between 2020 and 2022 through a variety of immigration and visa categories. If you qualify for one of these programs or visas, Canada could be your new home.
Canada has one of the fastest immigration systems for skilled workers in the world. It is known as Express Entry and processes applications in as little as 6 months. This means that you can obtain a permanent resident visa in less than a year. In addition, there is high demand for workers across Canada in the transportation, healthcare, construction, hospitality, and mining sectors, and even higher demand due to job losses as a result of COVID-19.
In this blog, you will learn how to apply for a Canadian visa from Ghana and which immigration and visa programs are most popular.
Why you should apply for a Canadian visa from Ghana.
1. Job opportunities
The Ghanaian economy has failed to create enough jobs for the population, especially the youth. About 825,000 Ghanaians are looking for jobs as of 2019. Canada, on the other hand, has the opposite problem. There are more than enough jobs and businesses, but there simply aren’t enough people to fill the vacancies as the country’s population retires and remote regions are underpopulated. In addition, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of jobs are currently missing in retail, food service, hospitality, construction and manufacturing. This means that Canada will rely more than ever on immigration and temporary workers from abroad to build its economy.
2. Enjoy equality in a multicultural nation
In Canada, you have the right to meet and marry the person you love. LGBTQ+ rights are respected throughout the country. You don’t have to worry about discrimination or homophobia because you can express yourself freely in Canada. Every year, Toronto hosts Canada’s largest Pride festival, where thousands of LGBTQ+ people take to the streets in colorful clothing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Don’t be surprised to find traditional Ghanaian dishes like waakye and tuo zaafi served in Canadian restaurants. Canada prides itself on being one of the most multicultural nations in the world and is home to a large and thriving Ghanaian ex-patriotic community.
3. Excellent health care at zero cost
When you move to Canada from Ghana, you will receive all medically necessary treatment free of charge. This includes surgeries, births, doctor visits and much more! Canada has one of the best public healthcare systems in the world with some of the best medical professionals. Your family’s health will always come first in Canada.
3. Steps to apply for a Canadian visa from Ghana.
Step 1. Find out which Canadian visa or program you qualify for.
Before you can apply for a Canadian visa from Ghana, you must first find out what type of visa you qualify for. This is a very important step and sets the stage for your trip to Canada. Not everyone qualifies for all visa types, and often applicants are rejected. There are currently over 70 visa and immigration programs, each with their own criteria (age, language skills, work experience, education, etc.) and application procedures. This makes the first step quite complicated unless you know all your options. Successful Ghanaian applicants use the professional services of regulated Canadian immigration consultants (RCICs) to help them find the most appropriate visa type for their needs and goals.
Popular Canadian Visa Types
1. Express Entry
You can apply for a permanent residence visa through the Express Entry immigration system, which processes applications for skilled workers in as little as 6 months. You do not need Canadian work experience to be eligible for Express Entry immigration, so you can apply directly from Ghana. However, you must provide proof of qualified work experience in a professional or managerial position, commercial or technical occupation, among other requirements.
2. Study permit for students
Thousands of students from all over the world study at Canadian universities and colleges every year. Not only do they gain globally recognized qualifications, but they also have some interesting opportunities to choose from after graduation. Graduates can apply for a postgraduate work permit, which allows them to work anywhere in Canada to jumpstart their careers. Some students with qualifying degrees, such as medical graduates, can apply for a Provincial Nomination Program in the province where they studied to obtain permanent residency.
3. Work permit
If you want to work in Canada, you will need a work permit. This is the most popular type of visa, as many Canadian immigration categories require you to work in Canada for a certain amount of time before you can apply for permanent residency. Below we look at some of these popular immigration pilots:
4. Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador make up the Atlantic regions of Canada. If you enjoy living near the coast, this region is for you! Atlantic Pilot offers three immigration programs for foreigners who wish to apply for a permanent resident visa and settle in these four beautiful provinces. The programs are the Atlantic High-Skilled & Intermediate Skilled Programs and the Atlantic International Graduate Program.
You must have a valid job offer from a specific employer in one of the four participating provinces. The job offer must be for a full-time paid position and must be for a minimum of one year.
5. Agri-food pilot
If you are involved in agriculture or have agricultural management skills, you can work in Canada under a seasonal or temporary work program, which in turn makes you eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Agri-Food Pilot Program.
6. Saskatchewan truck driver pilot.
Truck drivers are in demand across Canada. The Prairie Province of Saskatchewan, which accounts for much of Canada’s agricultural production, has a special immigration program for truck drivers from countries like Ghana. Ghanaians can apply for immigration under this pilot program after, among other things, working as truck drivers in Saskatchewan for 6 months.
7. Caregiver pilot program.
Caregivers and domestic helpers such as au pairs, nannies, foster care housekeepers, personal assistants, and family caregivers can apply for immigration to Canada if they work in one of these positions in Canada and receive a full-time job offer from their employers.
Step 2. Gather supporting documents
Which program appeals to you the most? Once you have decided on the perfect Canadian visa for which you qualify, you will need to gather the necessary supporting documents for your application. Here is a list of the documents you may need. Note that some documents may be optional depending on the visa type.
- IELTS/TEF language test results
- Educational qualification assessment (if applicable)
- Proof of a valid job offer (if applicable).
- LMIA document (if applicable)
- Valid passport
- 2 passport size photos
- Proof of funding (bank statements)
- Letter of acceptance (student visa)
- Family and dependent information
Step 3. apply for your Canadian visa from Ghana!
It’s time for the second most important step of your trip to Canada, because besides choosing the right type of visa, you need to submit a properly completed application with all the required documents to the right authority (provincial or federal). A small mistake can result in your application being rejected. Once you have applied for your visa or immigration program, you will be notified if your application has been approved and then you can pack your bags for a new life in Canada!