5 Ways to Immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh

Discover the top 5 ways to immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh!

Every year, Bangladesh nationals immigrate to Canada to pursue better opportunities in the Great North. Canada’s lenient immigration policies make it easy for skilled workers from Bangladesh and their family members to earn permanent residency in the country. The good news is that Canada aims to welcome about 1.2 million new permanent residents by 2023.

Whether you reside in big cities like Dhaka, Chittagong, and Khulna, or smaller towns and very remote areas like Adakhola, Umajuri, and Naodhar, you can immigrate to Canada as a Bengali. There are several ways you can do this, and this is what this page will expose you to.

Thankfully, there is a Bangladeshi Embassy in Canada that helps to foster bilateral ties between both countries. The embassy is also responsible for supporting the welfare of Bengalis who are residing in Canada by promoting their interests and preserving their rights.

On this page, you will find answers to questions like immigration costs to Canada from Bangladesh, the top ways to immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh, and how you can go about the immigration process.

How Much does it Cost to Immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh?

Immigration costs to Canada from Bangladesh may differ based on immigration procedure. However, moving to Canada from Bangladesh should incur an average cost of about $15,500. This is equivalent to about 1,070,559 Bangladeshi Taka (Tk/BDT).

Couples would spend about $20,000 to $21,000 (about 1,381,366 to 1,450,272 Bangladeshi Taka), while families with children should spend anything from $25,000 to $30,000 (1,726,514 to 2,071,817 BDT)

These costs do not cover flight travels but are mostly costs you’ll use for processing your application and proving sufficient funds to immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh.

Top 5 Ways to Immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh

If you are considering immigrating to Canada from Bangladesh, you have many options. Some immigration programs are pathways to permanent residence, while some only grant you permission to stay and work in Canada for a few years. Some, like the study permit or international co-op work permit, give you access to Canada strictly for academic purposes. Still, others like the Canada Visitor Visa or Temporary Resident Visa will let you stay in Canada for only six months.

Therefore, it makes sense to understand what your reasons for moving to Canada from Bangladesh are.

Here, we will be discussing the top immigration programs for Bangladeshi residents. Some grant you permanent residence immediately, while others are temporary residential options. Nevertheless, some of these temporary Canada residential permits can also lead you to permanent residence in the long run.

How to Obtain Canada Permanent Residence as a Bengali:

These are the top immigration programs that would grant you Canadian permanent residence:

  • Express Entry
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers

#1. The Express Entry System

The Express Entry System is Canada’s fundamental immigration pathway. Through this system, interested candidates create an Express Entry profile which goes into the Express Entry pool alongside the profiles of other potential applicants.

They are potential applicants because creating an Express Entry profile does not mean applying for permanent residence. It is only after each individual’s profile has been accessed that qualified candidates will be selected to apply for permanent residence.

Profiles are accessed using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This system awards scores or points to individuals based on details contained in their profiles. Therefore, the maximum CRS point is 1200 and is the maximum score you can get for creating an Express Entry profile.

Factors like work experience, qualification, educational credential, and provincial nomination will contribute to your final CRS points. However, some of these factors do not apply depending on the Express Entry program you are targeting.

There are three distinct programs under Express Entry:

  1. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  2. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  3. Federal Skilled Trades program FSTP)

There are unique factors and eligibility requirements for each of these programs. You can only apply to one of them at a time when you create an Express Entry profile.

#2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program is the immigration pathway that lets immigrants use their skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of a particular province or territory in Canada.

Therefore, if you are applying to a Provincial Nominee Program from Bangladesh, you must be willing to work and reside permanently in the province you are applying to its nominee program.

Each province and territory in Canada (except Quebec) has a Provincial Nominee Program. Usually, the nominee program of each province would target specific kinds of persons. Therefore, eligibility requirements for PNP could defer from province to province.

Generally, PNP application follows the Express Entry pathway, although you may also apply without creating an Express Entry profile. However, this is a less common route and could limit your chances of immigration. Nevertheless, it is a convenient option if you already have a job offer from that province and also meet other eligibility requirements.

For more information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, you can visit the website of each Canadian province and territory for their nominee program.

#3. Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers

Since Quebec as a province is not a destination province for Express Entry and provincial nominee applicants, it has its special immigration pathway known as Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers.

This is the option for skilled workers to become permanent residents of the province of Quebec. Suppose you are a Bengali who communicates in French smoothly. In that case, you may consider this option, seeing as Quebec is a French-dominated province. Of course, you could also reside in Quebec as an English-speaking resident. Still, proficiency in French might be a requirement you must meet.

Applying to Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers takes a different route. Firstly, you would apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de Selection du Quebec [CSQ]). If you get a selection certificate, you would then apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence.

Non-Permanent Residence Options for Immigrating to Canada from Bangladesh

Although many persons want to immigrate to Canada permanently from Bangladesh, it may not be in your interest to do so. You may simply need a change of environment for a while, and you may be pretty sure you will want to return to your home country after a few years or months in Canada. In that case, an immigration program that does not lead to permanent residency might be the option for you. Some of these options include:

  • LMIA work permit
  • Study permit/student visa

#4. LMIA Work Permit

A Canadian work permit, as the name implies, grants you the right to work in Canada for a while. Permanent residents do not need a work permit. Therefore, this is an option for immigrants who do not want to become permanent residents or are not permanent residents yet.

There are two types of work permits you can apply for in Canada from Bangladesh. These are the open work permit and the employer-specific or closed work permit. A closed work permit may or may not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment. When it does, it is called an LMIA work permit.

LMIA is an official document a Canadian employer needs to obtain to hire a foreign employee. The LMIA is proof that the employer could not find a Canadian worker or permanent resident to take the vacant role and therefore needs to hire a foreign worker like you.

To get an LMIA work permit, it is pertinent that you have a job offer from a recognized employer in Canada. Your work permit would bear the name of the employer you would work for, the duration of work, and where you would be working.

You can also extend your work permit for longer if it nears expiry. And if you become interested in Canada, you could go ahead to apply for permanent residence before your work permit expires. In this case, your previous Canadian work experience would give you an edge, and you can apply to programs like the Canadian Experience Class or a Provincial Nominee program.

#5. Study Permit

The study permit is perhaps the most frequently used pathway to temporary residence in Canada. Bengali students can study in Canada. This makes an excellent option if you are still young, yet to obtain post-secondary education, or are willing to take up study in a new career path.

The good thing about studying in Canada as a Bengali is that you could also benefit from scholarship opportunities. Therefore, interested immigrants do not always have to worry about tuition fees, accommodation, and other costs. If, of course, you can cater to all that, it makes the process even easier.

The Canadian study permit allows Bengalis and other foreigners to study in Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada.

Note that the study permit is not a visa but will make you eligible for a visa like the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

A study permit remains valid for as long as your study lasts in Canada, plus an extra 90 days. During these 90 days, you may be able to extend your stay in Canada by extending your study permit (if you are still studying). You can also get a work permit at this time if you get a valid job offer. If otherwise, you will have to leave Canada within those 90 days.

The beautiful thing about study permits is that they could also lead you to permanent residence. However, it would take longer than the normal process of applying for pr directly. Nevertheless, it is worth the chase, especially if you do not have the educational experience or qualifications to get a Canadian job offer or pr directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Easiest Way to Immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh?

The Express Entry System. This is not only the easiest but also the most popular and faster immigration pathway to Canada. Other immigration options you can consider as a Bengali are:

  • Family sponsorship
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • LMIA work permit
  • Study permit

Can I Move to Canada from Bangladesh without a Job Offer?

Yes. You have a couple of options for immigrating to Canada without a job offer. These options include programs under Express Entry, the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program, study permit, and so on.

How Long does it Take to Immigrate to Canada from Bangladesh?

Immigration processing time would vary based on the program you applied to. The Express Entry, the fastest immigration option to Canada, takes about six months to complete. Other immigration programs like the Atlantic Immigration Program may take about 12 to 15 months or longer.


This article has highlighted four top immigration pathways to Canada from Bangladesh. You will surely find one that appeals to you and will be the most convenient.

Although we did our best to explain what each immigration program is and how it works, the IRCC has comprehensive and updated information on each program, including eligibility requirements, the application process, and costs.

You will also find other pages where we have explained each of these programs at length very helpful. Good luck!