With continuing socio-political unrest in Egypt over the past several years, many Egyptians have considered relocating to Canada as a means to find a more stable, peaceful, and prosperous residence for themselves and their loved ones.
Unfortunately, the road from Canada to Egypt is often fraughted with delays because of the massive number of people who want to immigrate, as well as the unstable political situation in Egypt.
Many Egyptian immigrate to Canada from Egypt because of the opportunity the country has to offers. The opportunity to find a good job, quality education, high living standard among other things are the major reason for immigration.
Egyptians began arriving in Canada in the mid-1960s in search of greener pastures. About Seventy-five ( 75%) of Egyptian immigrants settled in Montreal in 1967.
And by 1991, forty-nine percent of Egyptian Canadians were in Quebec, whereas about 41% were living in Ontario province. By 2011, fifty-four percent of Egyptian Canadians were settled in Ontario and thirty-one percent in Quebec. Most Egyptian Canadians are concentrated in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
In order to immigrate to Canada from Egypt, a prospective immigrant must fall into any of these categories: a skilled worker/professional; skilled tradesperson; a business immigrant; a provincial nominee; a Quebec-selected skilled worker or business person; a person with “Canadian experience”; a family sponsor; an international adoption; or a refugee.
Moreso, there are major two pathways for Canadian immigration.
Express Entry System
Express Entry is the main tool that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications.
If you want to apply for immigration under the Express Entry system, you must meet certain requirements of at least one of these programs: the Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), the Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Chances are that you will need to be qualified under the FSWP if you have never lived in Canada before.
Assuming you meet the requirements of the FSWP, you can then go ahead and lodge an Express Entry profile to Canada’s immigration services’ website for free.
You will have to take a language proficiency test accredited by immigration, refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If you wish to take the test in English, your options are either the CELPIP or IELTS exam.
You have to also get your foreign educational credentials evaluated by a provider (such as WES) that is accredited by IRCC.
Based on your requirements such as your age, education, work experience, and language skills, you will obtain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Fortnightly, IRCC invites Express Entry candidates with the biggest CRS scores to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Despite its travel restrictions, IRCC is still inviting successful candidates who live abroad since such people will be key to supporting Canada’s post-pandemic economy recovery.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another main economic class immigration route for those coming from Egypt. The PNP is the second-biggest skilled worker pathway after Express Entry.
The PNP gives Canada’s provinces and territories the ability to select prospective immigrants who meet their economic needs.
You can directly apply to a province or territories’ Provincial program. You can also make yourself available to the provinces and territories for them to examine or assess your profile and then offer you an opportunity to get a nomination from them.
You can do this by opening a valid Express Entry profile. If a province invites you to apply to their PNP, you will get an extra 600 CRS points which will practically guarantee your success under Express Entry.
Candidates are directly able to apply for a specific PNP program. In addition, creating an Express Entry profile gives you more opportunities.
Once you are in the Express Entry pool, you may get an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or you may receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination if the territory or provinces is interested in your profile.
Egyptians have over 100 skilled worker immigration options they can choose from. In addition to Express Entry and the Provincial nominee programs, Canada offers many other permanent residence immigration routes for skilled workers, including the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, where small communities are able to select foreign skilled workers for permanent residence.
In addition, Quebec province has its own immigration stream that is tailored for French-speaking and bilingual candidates of which Egyptians can take advantage of.
Finally, if you are planning to immigrate to Canada, you should be wary of unscrupulous and dubious immigration agents or agencies. Patronize approved and accredited immigration consultants!