How to Immigrate to Canada from Nigeria in 2021


In 2019, Nigeria was the fourth largest country of origin for new immigrants to Canada, after China, India and the Philippines.

Last year, 12,600 Nigerians obtained permanent resident status in Canada, tripling the number of Nigerians immigrating to Canada since 2015.

The vast majority of Nigerians came to Canada as economic class immigrants. The main process by which Canada processes economic class immigration applications is Express Entry, and 65% of Nigerian immigrants were granted permanent resident status in Canada through Express Entry in 2019.

Nigeria was the third most popular country of origin last year for those who received an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) under the Express Entry program.

Why Nigerian immigration to Canada is increasing ?

Several factors have contributed to the increase in the number of Nigerians immigrating to Canada.

Since the global drop in oil prices in 2014, economic growth in the oil-rich country has slowed. Until 2014, the growth rate of the Nigerian economy was about 5% per year, but since then growth has slowed to about 2% per year.

As a result, more and more Nigerian professionals are migrating to countries like Canada in search of economic opportunities.

Canada is an attractive destination for Nigerians because it offers economic opportunities in sectors that are attractive to Nigerian professionals, such as oil and gas, ICT, healthcare, and other STEM-related fields.

5 ways to move from Nigeria to Canada in 2021.

  • Apply for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through Express Entry.

The Express Entry system is the main immigration route for skilled Nigerian workers who want to live and work in Canada. The goal is to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through the Express Entry points system, also known as the Global Ranking System (GRS).

How does one obtain an ITA?

Express Entry applicants are evaluated based on criteria such as age, work experience, language skills, and education. Applicants with a higher score will receive an ITA in the bi-weekly Express Entry lottery. There are several ways to improve your score, such as accepting a job offer in Canada or receiving a provincial nomination worth 600 SRC points. Please see below for more information.
How long will it take to process my Express Entry application?

Express Entry is one of the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria and the application process takes only 6 months.

  • Obtaining a Provincial Nomination (PN).

Where would you like to live in Canada? Canada is a very large country with 13 provinces and territories, 11 of which have their own provincial immigration programs. There are about 80 programs in the participating provinces! Canada is looking to admit between 64,000 and 81,500 immigrants in 2021 through the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP).

If you are nominated, you can apply for permanent residence in Canada from Nigeria and settle in the province that nominated you.
How does the Provincial Nominee Program work?


PNPs are tailored to the economic needs of the particular province or territory. For example, the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP) accepts skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers, with a focus on truck drivers and Francophones. It should be noted that some PNP applicants must have valid work experience, training or a job offer in their country.

You can apply directly to a PNP or use your Express Entry profile to send an expression of interest to the province seeking someone with your skills.

  • Study in Canada to qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

Studying in Canada on a student visa does not directly lead to permanent residency, but it is an effective stepping stone that can greatly improve your chances of success after graduation! As mentioned earlier.

Obtaining a Canadian qualification, such as a certificate, diploma or degree, is beneficial to you as it will carry more weight in your immigration application than foreign credentials.

If you are studying a qualifying program that lasts longer than eight months in Canada, you may also be eligible for a post-study work permit that allows you to reside and work anywhere in the country to gain work experience after graduation. Work experience and study in Canada is the ideal way to obtain permanent residency in Canada from Nigeria.

Looking for an affordable way to study in Canada? Talk to our student advisors about low-cost short courses of study that are also recognized by PGWP.

  • Work in Canada as a farm laborer or caregiver.

Canada has a constant need for workers in agriculture and nursing and welcomes foreign workers in these occupations through a special work permit program. Canada is the second largest country in the world and has an equally large agricultural sector that employs about 2.3 million people, most of whom work in agriculture as seasonal foreign workers. On the other hand, the Canadian population is aging rapidly and needs care and support.

The good news is that your work stay in Canada can lead to a permanent future in the far north. If you have worked in a skilled position in agriculture or caregiving in your home country, you can apply to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria under the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the Family Caregiver Pilot. All you need is one to two years of work experience in Canada and a permanent job offer from your employer.

You will receive a job offer from a specific employer in Atlantic Canada.
The Atlantic Immigrant Pilot (AIP) is an employer-driven program where you can apply to move from Nigeria to Canada and settle in one of the Atlantic provinces, which include New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. The main requirement is that you receive a job offer from a designated employer in one of the provinces. Below is a list of designated employers.

List of designated employers




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