How to Immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2022

How to Immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2022

JAN 13, 2022

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NADINE WOLFE

Did you know that Canada aims to welcome 411,000 new immigrants in 2022? Over the past few years, people from various countries including Saudi Arabia, have immigrated to Canada and chosen to make this their home. As a result of this, Canada is a very diverse and multicultural country that embraces difference.

People move to Canada for various reasons such as to receive a quality education, job opportunities and to provide a better life for themselves and their families. If you are from Saudi Arabia and would like to be included in this big number this year, here is how to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2022.

Saudi Arabia to Canada: How to Make it Happen

To help more people immigrate to Canada, the Canadian government has developed a number of immigration programs that you can apply through. There are over 100 immigration programs and visas available. However, we’ve outlined some of the best options to apply through if you wish to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia.

Express Entry

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Have you heard of Express Entry? Well, if not, you’ll surely be impressed. Express Entry is a Canadian immigration system that fast tracks visa applications. Yes, that’s right, with Express Entry, your visa application can be processed in as little as six months!

The speedy Express Entry system includes three programs, namely:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program; and
  • Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is geared toward people who have the qualifications, skills, or work experiences to help contribute to the Canadian economy.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply through this program, you need to meet certain requirements, which include the following:

You must have skilled work experience in one of the following positions included in the National Occupation Classification (NOC):

  • Managerial
  • Professional
  • Trade/technical occupation (NOC level B)
  • Meet the pass mark on a points-based assessment

If your application is successful, you will be able to obtain permanent residency in Canada, which will allow you to live and work in Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program allows foreign trade workers with work experience in eligible trade occupations to live and work in Canada and obtain permanent resident status. If you are a qualified trade worker, this could be the pathway for you

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for the FSTP, you need to meet the requirements which include the following:

You need to have:

  • Language proficiency score in French or English measured by the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC). (Level 4 for writing + reading and level 5 for listening + speaking)
  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience within the last 5 years
  • Ability to demonstrate that you meet the job requirements of your skilled trade
  • You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada unless you have a valid job offer or can legally work in Canada

Which occupations qualify? Skilled trade occupations eligible under the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized in the following major National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

National Occupation Classification Categories

Major Group 72

  • Industrial
  • Electrical
  • Construction

Major Group 73

  • Maintenance
  • Equipment Operation

Major Group 82

  • Supervisors and Technicians in Natural Resources
  • Agriculture

Major Group 92

  • Processing and Manufacturing
  • Utility Supervisors
  • Central Control Operators

Minor Group 632

  • Chefs and Cooks

Minor Group 633

  • Butchers and Bakers
  • Canadian Experience Class

    The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is designed for permanent residence applicants who have Canadian work experience that they obtained through a temporary work permit. Because temporary foreign workers have most likely settled in Canada already, the process of becoming a permanent resident will be an easier transition. The CEC allows successful applicants to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

    Who can apply?

    There are a number of requirements you need to meet to be eligible to apply for the CEC.

    Requirements for The Canadian Experience Class

    Work experience

    You must have one year of skilled, Canadian work experience. The work experience must be:

    • for a full-time position; or
    • the equivalent time in a part-time position;
    • legally obtained in Canada;
    • from jobs defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) as level 0, A or B

    Education

    There is no education requirement for this program. You can; however, increase your Express Entry score by:

    • earning a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary or tertiary school; completing a foreign credential;
    • getting an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) showing your previous education meets Canadian standards

    Language skill

    You must:

    • take an approved language test for writing, reading, listening, and speaking;
    • meet the minimum language requirement of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs or Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs.

    Admissibility

    • You must legally be allowed to enter Canada. For example, having a criminal record can result in you being denied entry into Canada.

    Provincial Nominee Program

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    If you are still looking for ways on how to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2022, then this might be the way for you to get permanent residency in Canada.

    The Provincial Nominee Program is an immigration class that is made up of more than 60 PNP streams and there are 11 participating provinces and territories of Canada, namely:

    1. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
    2. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
    3. Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
    4. New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
    5. Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
    6. Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
    7. Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
    8. Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
    9. Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
    10. Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP)
    11. Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

    If you would like to immigrate through a Provincial Nominee Program, you will need to apply to the province you wish to settle in. The province will then consider the application based on its immigration and labour needs, while also assessing whether you truly wish to settle in the province.

    Each PNP has its own set of requirements that you need to meet to be eligible to apply.

    Why Move to Canada

    People from Saudi Arabia and around the world move to Canada for various reasons. Here are five reasons why you should consider making Canada your new home.

    1. Employment opportunities

    Canada is facing a shortage of workers in various industries and there are a number of in-demand occupations in the country. Canada welcomes and is in fact foreign workers who have skills, work experience or qualifications to contribute to the Canadian economy. Job security is important and there is no shortage of this in Canada.

    2. Education

    Did you know that Canada provides free public education from primary school up until grade 12?

    This is a great benefit of living in Canada. Canada is also one of the most educated countries in the world. The country offers quality education and a number of prestigious universities and colleges you can attend if you wish to attend a tertiary institution.

    3. Healthcare

    Canada also offers free public healthcare, so you and your loved ones can rest assured that you will be taken care of in the event that you require medical attention.

    4. Diversity

    With people from around the world finding a new home here, Canada has become one of the most multicultural countries. If you are moving to Canada, you can expect to hear various international languages being spoken, try different cuisines and meet people from around the world.

    5. Family oriented

    If you are planning on moving to Canada with your family or even if you wish to raise a family in Canada, you have picked the perfect place. Canada is one of the safest countries in the world and has beautiful outdoor sights such as parks, lakes and even mountains perfect for the whole family to visit.

    There is a family culture in Canada, and the country is known for its polite citizens and accepting ways.

    FAQs

    Is it expensive to live in Canada?

    Canada is the 26th most expensive country to live in in the world. The cost of living varies depending on which province you live in. There are a number of affordable places to live in Canada such as Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan. Since the country offers healthy salaries, you are likely to afford a comfortable life here.

    Can I move to Canada without a job?

    Although securing a job offer can increase the chances of your visa application being approved, you do not need to have a job to be able to move to Canada.

    How much money do I need to move to Canada?

    Minimum amount you need to immigrate to Canada
    Number of family members Funds required (in CAD)
    1 $13,213
    2 $16,449
    3 $20,222
    4 $24,553
    5 $27,847
    6 $31,407
    7 $34,967
    Each additional family member $3,560


    Now that you know more about how to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2022, it’s time to apply for your visa application. We know it can be complicated and time-consuming, that is why our RCICs are here to guide you through the application process so you have a better chance of success.

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