By Sunday Paul Adah | 05-Jan-2020

4 Best Ways for Nigerians, or Anyone, to Immigrate to Canada in 2020.

As a Nigerian, or anyone, If immigrating to Canada is on your bucket list for 2020 then you'd enjoy reading our list of the 4 best ways to make that dream come through in this new year. As one of the world’s safest countries with a large number of new job openings, Canada is a top choice for immigrants worldwide. Recently, Canada announced plans to accept more than 1 million new immigrants in the next three years. If you are one of those intending immigrants, here are the best ways to immigrate to Canada in 2020!

1. Study in Canada 

Canada is a top destination in the world for international students. According to International Education, the number of international students in Canada increased by 68% between 2014 and 2018. In 2018, a total of 721,205 international students at all levels studied in Canada—the largest number ever. This growth can be attributed to the country's high standard of education, affordable tuition, clear immigration pathways to residency and citizenship after graduation, and a positive attitude towards newcomers. Immigrants can start their immigration journey by studying in Canada and then apply for permanent residents status later on Because Canada makes it easy for international students to apply for permanent immigration after studying and meeting other requirements. 

2. Express Entry

Express Entry is an online system used by the Canadian Government to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. The system ranks candidates according to their age, education, work experience, and language abilities, and then select the best candidates to come to Canada. Express Entry also allows workers to bring their family members!  Applicants using this route to immigrate to Canada typically have at least a bachelor's degree, are in good or manageable health, a minimum of 7.0 band in IELTS, two years of verifiable professional working experience in one of the required skills, and the required funding. 

Applicants typically start the process by finding out if they are eligible through a series of questions on the official express entry website, getting the needed documents ready, submitting their profile, and receiving a decision. 

3. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

Each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories (with the exception of Quebec) has its own immigration program, called a Provincial Nominee Program or PNP.  PNPs let provinces respond to their individual economic needs by nominating certain candidates for permanent resident status. Often PNPs search out foreign workers with experience in-demand occupations needed in that province. For example, the province of Saskatchewan recently changed its PNP to nominate more computer programmers.

There are nearly 80 different PNPs across Canada, each with its own set of eligibility requirements. If you’re eligible for just one of them, that could be your ticket to Canada!

4. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP)

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) was launched in 2017 to help bring more workers to Canada’s Atlantic Region. The program lets employers in the Atlantic Region hire international workers from outside of Canada. If an international worker receives a job offer from one of the participating employers, they receive support in their immigration process and in their settlement to Canada.  In order to be eligible for AIP, first, you have to get a job offer from one of the program’s designated employers and then go through the immigration and visa process with support from your employer. 

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