Immigrating from Nigeria to Canada is an attractive idea for many Nigerians. The first sets of immigrants from Nigeria to Canada were in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Presently, there are over 20,000 Nigerians in Canada.
Some Nigerians have family or relatives in Canada, and they want to come to Canada to be closer to these them. Other Nigerian citizens may wish to migrate to Canada for increased rights and freedoms, better social and economic opportunities, or for the great scenery.
Regardless of why Nigerians wishes to migrate to Canada, they will have to meet several requirements and they will have to go through a potentially complicated immigration process.
Immigrating from Nigeria to Canada
When a Nigerian decides to migrate to Canada, they will have to submit an application, and they will be required to provide supporting documentation. The documents that they have to provide will vary depending on the type of application they are submitting.
Each year, thousands of Nigerians apply for the skilled worker program or business visas. Unfortunately, both of these pathways can take a long time, and they can be very confusing.
The Fast Track Worker Program
Lately, the government of Canada offers Nigerians the opportunity to come to Canada under the fast track skilled worker program. Applicants who work in certain occupations may be allowed to migrate to Canada under this program.
Applicants who use the fast track skilled worker program can expect their application to be processed within 6 to 12 months that is somewhat quicker compared to many other programs.
There are 29 professions that are on the approved list, and the list of occupations consist of everything from pharmacists and dentists to social workers and psychologists to plumbers and cooks and so on. If you think your occupation may qualify, you should consult an immigration expert or specialist. They will be able to help you determine if you qualify.
Also, Nigerians who have a relative in Canada can be able to apply to migrate to Canada with the support of their relative. Canada has stringent conditions that need to be met by both the immigrant and the supporting relatives or sponsor.
But, there is good news for Nigerians who plan to marry Canadian citizens or permanent resident, or who have children living in the country. Immigrating to Canada from Nigeria as a relative will often greatly boost the chances of success.