How To Immigrate To Canada From Nigeria In 2024- See Practical Steps

Would you love to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria? Many Nigerian citizens have planned to relocate to Canada to seek greener pastures, but many need to learn how to go about it. There are many things such persons should take note of to guide them when planning, and all of them will be outlined on this page.

It has been revealed that the number of Nigerian immigrants to Canada has risen to above 15,000 in 2021 and over 20,000 in 2022. There are various reasons why the migration rate to Canada is high, including a stable government, a sound healthcare system, quality education, and standard basic amenities.

Various Ways By Which Nigerians Can Migrate To Canada

There are four(5) ways through which Nigerians can move to Canada, and they include:

1. Express Entry

This is the most commonly used, especially by skilled workers. It is classified into three programs[Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trade Program]. Once they confirm you’re eligible, you will submit your profile immediately, and it will be ranked in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Those who score the highest in the pool are contacted immediately to apply and will have a maximum of 60 days to send in their application.

2. Provisional Nominee Program

This is similar to the express entry program, but there are differences. This program is for those who have skills and want to contribute to the economy of a particular province in Canada. Each province has its own requirements and application procedures that must be properly followed.

3. Family Sponsorship

This allows those whose parents are grandparents to relocate to Canada via the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP). There are requirements the sponsor must fulfill to qualify you for this category, and these include:

  • Must be above 18 years old and be a citizen of Canada
  •  Must be residing in Canada
  •  Must be financially stable

4. Canada Start-Up Visa Program

Allows entrepreneurs with skills to come and live and work in Canada. To qualify, the business is expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Must be global
  •  Must be innovative
  •  Can compete on a worldwide scale

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How Much Does It Cost To Immigrate From Nigeria To Canada

The amount you will pay depends solely on the reason of your visit to Canada. There was recently an increase in the permanent residence fee due to inflation. We will outline the fees for all the types of visas below:

Temporary Residence Fee

CategoryAmount In CAD
Electronic Travel Authorization$7
International Experience Canada fee$161
Study permit (including extensions) – per person$150
Temporary resident permit – per person$200
Visitor visa (including super visa) – per person$100
Visitor visa – per family (1 fee per family of 5 or more people)$500

Permanent Residence

CategoryAmount In CAD
Permanent Residence Card$50
Right of permanent residence fee$515
Permit Holders Class$850
Temporary resident permit – per person$200

Family Sponsorship

Sponsor your spouse or partner$1080
Sponsor your spouse or partner without right of permanent residence fee$565
Include any dependent child$155

Additional Fees

The following additional fees will be paid when applying for the visa:

  • Biometric Fee: This is the fee paid when you capture your fingerprint or photograph. The fee ranges from $85 to $255.
  • Canadian passports and travel documents
  • Employer Compliance Fee

How To Obtain a Canadian Visa From Nigeria

A Canadian Visa is an important document needed to be granted access to Canada. Visit the Canadian embassy in Nigeria to be guided on the necessary steps to follow when applying.

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