How to Immigrate to Canada From Nigeria | MDC Canada

April 20, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Statistics show that 1 in every 3 Nigerian considers immigration but very few act on these aspirations. This could be due to the fact that many people aren't aware of their options or just how simple it can be to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria with the right assistance.

Canada offers over 70 immigration programs all geared toward making the immigration process as accessible to foreigners as possible. By using an RCIC you can not only optimize your chances of success but fast-track your visa application too. Canada needs immigrants, particularly skilled workers to fill the current labour gap that the country is facing.

Canada is not only the most popular destination among Nigerians to immigrate to, but it is also the most lucrative and accessible option globally.

So why Canada you may ask? Well, let's take a look at some of the benefits that Canada has to offer and ways to successfully immigrate to the Great White North from Nigeria.

Quality of Life in Canada 


Canada offers a number of benefits that ultimately gives immigrants a phenomenal quality of life. Housing is relatively inexpensive and cities are less crowded, especially in provinces such as Alberta, Yukon, and Saskatchewan. The most popular destinations for foreign nationals are Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. Canada also offers a world-class education system, at no cost to permanent residents and locals up until Grade 12. There are also a wide variety of tertiary institutions to choose from, such as McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of British Columbia. Free healthcare is another benefit afforded to Canadian citizens, however, it is important to note that certain procedures and prescription medications are not covered. There is also considerably less pollution in Canada, which has been ranked 9th on the list of the world’s cleanest countries for overall air quality.  

Canada also offers a number of state welfare programs including social assistance, the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Employment Insurance, the Canada and Quebec Pension Plan, Workers Compensation, social housing, and social services. Canada is also ranked 9th in the World Happiness Report and offers better job satisfaction, with 90% of Canadian reporting that they are content with their jobs. Canada is also one of the safest and most welcoming nations in the world, offering a diverse multicultural community that foreigners can easily adjust to while still retaining their own cultural characteristics.

For more reasons on why you should move to Canada, continue reading here.

Job Opportunities


35% of Nigerians are looking for job opportunities outside of their home county. Canada has a wide variety of jobs available to foreign immigrants, so much so that the government has dedicated specific programs and systems in order to make it easier for qualified skilled and unskilled foreign workers to relocate to the country. Many businesses are actively seeking foreign employees through programs such as the Provincial Nomination Program(PNP) and the Express Entry System, which are both aimed at encouraging growth and economic development in Canada. As an added bonus, most employees also give their employees the chance to further their education in their respective fields. 

Some of the most in-demand jobs & occupations in Canada include: 

  • Farmer and farm workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Accountant
  • Engineering
  • Teachers
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Caregivers
  • Cooks and chefs
  • IT and Tech Sector
  • Nurses; and
  • Doctors

For more information on how to land a job offer in Canada click here

Best Ways to Immigrate to Canada


The most common ways to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria are through the Express Entry system, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Family Sponsorship Program, or on a temporary basis as a student with the option of extending or applying for residence. 

The Express Entry System is the most popular way to move to Canada as it streamlines the immigration process and offers permanent residence. You will need to create an online profile containing information such as your age, education, and work experience. Based on this information, you will be ranked against other applicants based on points scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Applicants with the highest scores will receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. There are many ways to improve your score, including receiving a Provincial Nominee, which can be obtained by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) or alternatively receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) from your chosen province.

Another immigration option for those who do not qualify for the Express Entry system is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP is aimed at semi-skilled and unskilled workers who have qualifications and work experience that matches the skills in demand in a particular province. Applicants with a job offer in a particular Canadian province can apply via the province’s PNP. If successful, you will receive a provincial nomination which will grant you an extra 600 CRS points to add to your profile score, which ultimately guarantees that you will receive an ITA for permanent residence in Canada.

Another option for those who want to further their education is to apply for a student visa. The student visa allows you to live in Canada for the duration of your qualification. Students will be able to apply for work after they have completed their studies through the Postgraduate Worker Program or extend their student visa should they choose to continue their studies in Canada.  

If you have a relative who is permanently living in Canada, they will be able to sponsor you and you can apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Family Sponsorship Program. This is perhaps the easiest way to receive permanent resident status in Canada. 

How Can We Help?


Applying for a Canadian visa from Nigeria can be time-consuming and difficult to wrap your head around, especially with its strict deadlines, procedures, and specifications, but with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s). the process will be simple and easy. Our service includes an eligibility assessment, guidance on which of 70+ immigration programs and visas to choose from, a strategic plan tailored to your individual needs as well as a review and submission of all application forms and documentation. All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your assessment and let us sort out the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.