Canada is one of the top destinations for immigrants, not only because the Government intends on inviting over 1.2 million new immigrants to join the Canadian community by 2023, nor because of the free healthcare or primary and secondary education for their children nor the fact that it’s one of the friendliest, safest and democratic nations in the world.
Many Moroccans immigrate to Canada because of the opportunity that it offers. The opportunity to find a high-paying job and live the life they have always dreamt of in one of the most beautiful, peaceful, and multicultural places in the world.
Moroccans began arriving in Canada in the mid-1960s in search of a new life and better employment. Between 1962 and 1993, about 40,000 Moroccans settled in Canada.
The next wave came in the late 1990s. Moroccan immigrants settled mainly in Quebec province, but there are also communities in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. Because many Moroccans residing in Canada are not registered with the Moroccan authorities, the real figure of the Moroccan community in Canada may be underestimated.
In recent years, Moroccans have become more organized, as they now have many communities in Canada, and are starting to form communities across the country. There are at least twenty (20) Moroccan organizations in Canada.
At the 2001 Canadian Census, there were 21,355 Canadians who specified that they are of Moroccan descent, with over 16,000, about seventy-five percent of the total population, living in Montreal.
Now, let’s take a closer look at how you can immigrate to Canada from Morocco and get permanent residency.
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 Morocco. 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.
Morocco nationals have over 100 skilled worker immigration options they can benefit 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 Moroccans can take advantage of.