Do you know that relocating out of Nigeria to Canada is much easier than we think? All you need is to get the right information, documents and a bit of assistance. Then, you will be on the right track. Triplisters is sharing 11 easy detailed steps on how to apply for your Canada permanent residency:
1. Take the quiz to find out if you are eligible to apply
The first step is to visit here and answer a few questions about the type of immigration program that is suitable for you. The test is easy and straightforward. Just answer a few questions about your biodata and be as accurate as you can. If you are eligible, there will be a detailed list of instructions on what to do next.
Cost: It is free!
2. Know your Work NOC
Before you proceed with your Canada immigration application, ascertain the classification of your skills or profession. Start by knowing your National Occupation Classification(NOC). There is a number that is used for every skilled category under the Canadian official job classification. You can click here for the direct link. Kindly note that you can only claim one line of profession or skill experience on NOC.
Cost: It is free!
3. Write your language test.
If you are applying for the Canada PR, it is compulsory to take the language test. This language test is to test your proficiency in English or French. The approved language test for Canada is IELTS, CELPIP and TEF. IELTS is one of the most popular English language tests that are common among immigrant in Nigeria. Take your time to practice before going for the test. You can click here to practice and prepare for the IETLS General Test. This is the link to register for IELTS with the British Council.
Fee: $200 or N75,000
4. Submit your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
Submit your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for evaluation. This will determine if your degree is of the same standard when compared to a Canadian degree. However, if your credential is awarded in Canada by a Canadian educational body, you do need to provide an ECA because it is from the same country.
Here are the seven designated organizations for ECAs:
- Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (CES)
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICASC)
- World Education Services (WES)
- International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
- International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
- Medical Council of Canada (the professional body for Doctors) (MCC)
- Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (the professional body for Pharmacists)
The most common ECAS is WES or ICAS. However, WES is faster than ICAS. We usually use WES for our clients because it is available to the candidate within seven weeks, unlike the ICAS that takes about twenty weeks.
Here is a simple step to guide through:
1. Register an account with WES here
2. Fill your profile and give data about your degree(s). Kindly ensure everything is correct and you should cross-check multiple times.
3. Pay the evaluation fee of 220 CAD and choose the shipping option of 85CAD because it is faster than the regular postage fee of 7 CAD. Afterwards, you will receive a unique WES Number.
4. Add all your degree details, the WES system will automatically pull out the documents you are required to send to them for verification. If you have a higher degree from another country the process is straight forward.
However, if your degree is from Nigeria, this is the list of requirements you will have to submit:
- Degree Certificate
- Academic Transcripts
- Final Secondary Examination Results
- WAEC / NECO Scratch Card
Note: The process was straightforward until 2018 when they discovered that some Nigerians usually send forged documents. They had to make the requirement stricter for this particular country.
1. Apply for your transcripts and documents.
2. Send the required documents to WES. Ensure you follow all instructions carefully. The transcripts must be sealed and signed or stamped. All the envelopes must have your WES number on it. Then, use the courier shipping via DHL from Lagos to WES Toronto office to send your documents. This rate is $65 or 86CAD
3. Wait for WES to obtain your files and complete your verification. It takes about 20 operating days to get hold of all of your documents for them to send you an evaluation record. This is the record that you want on your Canadian PR application.
Fee: $300 excluding the fee for your Transcript in your university
5. Take your IETLS TEST and Get Results.
The time required: 13 days
Your IETLS test will be in four different sections:
- Listening test.
However, your speaking test might be on a different date from the others. Usually, you should receive an email some weeks before your test date with information of your speaking test (generally the speaking test is the same week as your test date). Remain calm and do your best. Your test result will be available for pick up within 13 days.
6. Create an Online Express Entry Profile.
Yay! We are almost getting to the exciting part. Now, that you have your WES evaluation report and language test you are ready to start the journey of joining the express entry pool.
Tip: Quickly use this tool here to find out what your exact CRS Score will be. This way you will be able to know if you stand a high chance in the pool or not. You can check the cut-off for the last draw was (the week or two weeks before you check) here.
Please try to complete your profile within 60 days of opening it or you might have to start all over again. Ensure you are truthful and consistent. As soon as you complete your profiling, go ahead and submit it. You are now part of the Express Entry Pool.
7. Wait for your Invitation to Apply(ITA).
Biweekly, there is a draw on the express entry pool. The cut-off score is determined by the number of selections chosen by the committee. If they want to choose 2000 people from the draw, they pick the candidates with the highest score till the 2000th person. If by any chance there is a draw for 2000th person, they will use factors such as; date, time of submission to choose the candidate. See the full list of cut-off scores here.
Luckily, some candidates can receive there ITA the second day of there submission if they are among the top candidate. However, if your score is below the score, you can check here on ways to improve your score while you are in the express entry pool.
Also, you can register in the Canada Job Bank and start looking for jobs.
8. Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency.
Finally! You have received your ITA (invitation to apply) for Canadian permanent Residency. Gather all your application and submit all the required documents for the process.
Fee: 1,040 CAD per adult applicant.
113 USD or 150 CAD per dependent children.
The payment of 1,040 CAD is divided into two part 550 CAD application fees and 490 CAD right to permanent residence fees. If you deny the PR, the 490 CAD will be refunded to you. Ensure you complete the whole application process in 60 days.
1. Application Fee
2. Test Results
3. Academic Verification Report
4. Digital Photographs
5. Medical examination – The Canadian embassy have approved lists of panel physicians who can provide a medical examination. Try to find the address for your country here and book an appointment.
6. Police Certificates – See more details on how to get a police certificate in each country here
7. Passport Biodata Page
8. Reference or Experience Work Letter
9. Proof of Funds – A stamped bank letter that show proof of fund in your account. This is the amount required for relocation:
1. Family Member (you alone): 12,669 CAD
2. Family Members: 15,772 CAD
3. Family Members: 19,390 CAD
4. Family Members: 23,542 CAD
5. Family Members: 26,701 CAD
6. Family Members: 30,114 CAD
7. Family Members: 33,528 CAD
For each additional family member: the extra cost is 3,414 CAD.
8. Other Documents: marriage certificate, divorced certificate, name change certificate, birth certificate of the child(ren)etc. Find the full details here.
Once you have all the complete documents, you will be able to fill your application on the portal and upload all your documents. Ensure you follow the guideline for clarity, size and resolution of all documents. Then, you can go ahead to make your payment.
9. Bio Metrics
Your country local embassy or VFS will contact you for your submission.
10. Keep waiting with a glass of Juice
According to the report from IRCC, 80% of all applicants receive a response within six months of applying.
This simply means, it can earlier or later. All you have to do is relax and go on with your life. You will get your letter soon!
11. Receive a PPR – Passport submission email – Visa
Congratulations! We made it here finally. Once you get your letter, you can send your passport to the embassy. The PR approval comes with a deadline of 6months to 1 year that you must enter Canada or else it will be canceled.
What is more, It is time for celebrations! If you cannot handle this application by yourself, we have a team of experts in our company that would assist you. Send mail to us: firstname.lastname@example.org to start the journey. You can also share your questions below the comment section, we will attend to it.