How to Immigrate to Canada From Nigeria

This is a guide on how to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria. Nigeria Immigration to Canada has become increasingly popular over the years. Nigeria is one of the main source countries of Canada’s immigrant population; over 15,000 Nigerians immigrated to Canada in 2022

For many Nigerians, immigrating to Canada presents many opportunities unavailable to them in their home country. Political stability, a thriving economy, and internationally recognised schools are all factors that make Canada a top destination for Nigerian immigrants.

Here are five of the most popular ways to immigrate from Nigeria to Canada:

1. Express Entry

Express Entry is the fastest and most popular pathway for newcomers seeking a new life in Canada. Express Entry organises and processes applications for people who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates with university or college degrees with professional work experience and moderate English and French proficiency are ideal candidates. For this reason, Nigerian professionals tend to do well in the Express Entry pool.

Candidates who qualify for the following programs are also eligible to apply for the Express Entry program:

The easiest way to find out if you are eligible is to use our free online assessment tool.

2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories operate its immigration programs, Provincial Nominee Programs, or PNPs. As the provinces have different populations and economies, their immigration programs are unique and built to fit their economic and demographic needs.

PNPs are a popular option because they can be the fastest pathway to Canadian permanent residence.

If you are nominated through a PNP aligned with Express Entry, you will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This means you are guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.

3. Family Sponsorship

Family reunification is a top priority for Canadian immigration. Canada offers several immigration programs that give Canadians the opportunity to sponsor their family members in Canada.

To sponsor a family member as a permanent resident under family class sponsorship, the sponsor must fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada aged at least 18 years.
  2. Reside in Canada if they are a permanent resident. Canadian citizens can sponsor a family member even when living outside the country. However, they must reside in Canada when the sponsored family member becomes a permanent resident of Canada.
  3. Have adequate resources to provide financial support to the sponsored person for the mandated duration.

Further, the sponsor must comply with additional requirements like not receiving social assistance (except for disability), meeting financial obligations, supporting sponsored family members on time, maintaining a clean criminal record, etc.

4. Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

If you are an entrepreneur with an innovative business idea, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the start-up visa program.

Canada is looking for talented entrepreneurs interested in starting businesses to stimulate the Canadian economy while creating employment opportunities for its residents.

Qualified candidates can come to Canada on a work permit and be granted Canadian permanent residence once they have established their business.

5. Other federal economic programs

Suppose you have a job offer in an in-demand field or Canada’s rural or Atlantic region. In that case, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through another federal economic program. The Canadian government offers various financial pilot programs to fill labour or demographic gaps in certain regions or sectors across Canada.

How much does it cost to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria?

The cost of immigrating to Canada from Nigeria is generally about CAD 2,300 for a single applicant or CAD 4,500 for a couple. This amount will also vary depending on which program you are applying through.

Keep in mind that this total does not include the settlement funds that most candidates must show to be eligible for Canadian immigration; this amount will vary by family size, starting at around CAD 13,000 for a single applicant.

Do I need the IELTS to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria?

If you want to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria, you will need to take one of Canada’s official language exams. Almost all Canadian immigration programs require candidates to provide French or English language results from an authorised organisation.

You can take either the IELTS or CELPIP test to demonstrate your English language ability. Both CELPIP and IELTS have testing locations in Nigeria.

The Canadian government does not have a preferred test; you can choose whichever one is most convenient.

Which option is right for me?

The options mentioned above are only a small sample of the applications we handle. Our firm and dedicated team is your Canadian Immigration solution. We take everything from work permits, criminal inadmissibility, student visas and all applications for Canadian Permanent Residence.