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How to Relocate to Canada From Nigeria(JAPA to Canada)

How to Relocate to Canada From Nigeria.

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria is one of the most searched trends that Nigerian citizens check for on search engines.

Canada's Flag, source: Wikipedia

Canada’s Flag, source: Wikipedia

Are you surprised? According to reports, over 42,000 Canadians of Nigerian descent call Canada home, and this number is growing on monthly bases.

Also, Nigerians have become Canada’s fourth largest source country of immigrants.

In 2021 alone, over 15,000 Nigerians were granted permanent residency in Canada.


However, relocating or immigrating to Canada remains an uneasy process for some.

To many people, traveling to Canada is almost impossible. While some are optimistic about the whole relocation process.

Nigerians have many advantages to qualifying for Canadian immigration programs due to their skills, English proficiency, and other reasons.

Here in this article, we discuss the easy means to relocate to Canada (how to relocate to Canada from Nigeria) as a student or for work purposes.

How to Relocate to Canada From Nigeria

It is necessary to outline some of the reasons why people find relocating to Canada difficult:

  • Ignorance: This is the father of all other difficulties. If you have no reliable immigration information, traveling or immigrating becomes impossible. Also, if you believe that traveling to Canada is almost impossible, you have already failed.
  • Lack of preparations: Your immigration preparations should be taken seriously. Most importantly, if you are not ready(financially and otherwise), avoid initiating any immigration process.
  • Losing out on information: This is almost close to ignorance but different. Immigration policies and processes are time-changing. You have to be abreast with all immigration policies.
  • Wrong information dissipating online: There are several unreliable travel information circulating on the internet. They often lead people astray or confuse innocent readers. You have to verify all information you find or visit trusted immigration platforms.

Now, we can move further.

Ways to relocate to Canada from Nigeria

Apart from visiting Canada with a visitor Visa, there are better ways of relocating to Canada.


However, this depends on your reason for relocation.

Some common relocation reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Immigrating for peace and escape from insurgency: Imagine staying in a country where lives are not cared for. A country where insecurity is the order of the day. Some people may like to leave such places for a better country to have peace of mind.
  • To advance your educational background: In a country where learning is impaired due to a lack of basic amenities and efficient learning apparatuses. A student can easily decide to relocate to a better environment.
  • Better treatment/Healthcare: So many countries have poor medical amenities. Many citizens die daily because of inadequate healthcare amenities or unskilled medical practitioners. In that case, many informed citizens will wish to relocate to better countries.
  • To earn a living: The hardship rate in some countries is overwhelming. Some people, even those with good degrees, find it hard to feed. As the poverty trend continues to increase, many people have no choice but to relocate to better countries.

Now, to the point!

There are about 5 easy ways to relocate to Canada. They include, but are not limited to:

Relocate to Canada through a Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

As an overseas Nigerian immigration candidate, relocating to Canada is easy.

NOTE: This is only for overseas Nigerian Immigration Candidates, not candidates working in Nigeria.


With FSWP, Nigerian overseas immigration candidates with work experience can relocate to Canada or even apply for permanent residence.

To be eligible for the FSWP, candidates must be able to utilize their foreign work experience, education, language skills, and other human capital factors to become established in Canada.

According to CICNews, interested immigration candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B;
  • Validated language ability equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); and
  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
  • Make at least 67 points on IRCC’s six immigration selection factors.
  • Prove of funds(proof that you have sufficient funds for you and your family to settle in Canada).

Relocate to Canada through the Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another opportunity-packed program to relocate to Canada.

The PNR is for Nigerian immigration candidates who have the required skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory.

PNR is administered by a majority of Canadian provinces. These provinces have the privilege of choosing their own immigration pathways based on their economic and demographic situation.

When skilled Nigerian candidates apply through PNP, the provinces and territories nominate them for immigration to their respective jurisdictions.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply to come to Canada through the PNP.

NOTE: The PNP application has two processes: The non-express and the express process.

Check the official IRCC site to know more.

Relocate to Canada through a temporary work permit

If you are still scrolling, it means you are yet to see the pathway of your choice.

We move, regardless.

Do you know that you can secure a temporary Canadian work visa if you secure a Canadian job from Nigeria?

According to, over 300,000 foreign workers come to Canada yearly through a temporary work permit.

Apart from how difficult getting a Canadian job from Nigeria might seem, the temporary work permit pathway is an easy means of relocating to Canada.

To get a Canadian job from Nigeria, your CV needs to be promising and your interviews excellently passed. If you are lucky, you will get an employment letter.

If you are successful, an employment contract will be sent to you; you will use it for your work permit application.

We can break the temporary work permit process into 5 levels:

1- Firstly, you apply for a Canadian job; you can do that through and other job sites. If you are chosen after several processes;

2- Your employer will apply for a Labour market impact assessment. If everything works well;

3- You will receive your employment letter from your employer.

4- Use the document to apply for a temporary work permit at the Canadian embassy in Nigeria; IRCC.

5- A temporary work permit will be issued after several processes.

Relocate to Canada through a Study Permit

This is one of the surest ways of relocating to Canada.

Fortunately, as an International student in Canada, you have the right to work(currently above 20 hours) while you study.

There are many benefits of being an International student in Canada(will be discussed briefly below).

NOTE: This topic will be discussed in detail in our next article.

Getting your study permit requires you to gain admission to any academic institution in Canada.

You can get your study permit and permanent residence by doing the following:

  1. Get admission into any Canadian academic establishment.
  2. Apply for a student permit via IRCC.
  3. Follow instructions properly without faking any document; this will guarantee the success of your study visa.
  4. Your Visa will be ready(at least in about 3-5 months).

Note, as an international student in Canada, you can do the following;

  1. You can work up to 20 hours a week during an academic session and work full-time during vacations.
  2. You can bring in your spouse through a Canadian government program called open full-time work permit. Mind you, your spouse is allowed to work full-time while you study.
  3. You can get your post-graduate work permit after graduation. After completing your study year, you are entitled to a work permit for the number of study years in Canada. As such, if you study a 2 years course, you are entitled to a 2 years work permit to enable you to work in Canada; this gives you the desired Canadian experience. It is this experience you are to use when applying for Canadian residency.

5- Apply for permanent residency through the Canadian experience class (CEC).


With the above points on “how to relocate to Canada from Nigeria,” I am convinced we have cleared your doubt that relocating to Canada is not difficult as people paint it to be.

If you follow the right immigration tips and processes, you are a step closer to the Canadian border.

Good luck!

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