How Nigerians can easily travel to and work in Canada

by Staff writer

This article is about how Nigerians can easily travel to and work in Canada.

Nigerians with adequate work experience and skills can easily immigrate to Canada using the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.

According to the Canadian government, the Federal Skilled Worker program is designed for skilled workers with foreign work experience seeking permanent residence in Canada.

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is also known as “Express Entry” and has become one of the easiest ways foreigners (including Nigerians) can immigrate to Canada.

The first step to planning your Canada migration journey through the FSW program is assessing your eligibility.

There are different categories and candidates are scored according to how they qualify in each category.

Canada’s immigration system is points-based. Your application is assessed based on certain factors.

The four basic factors for assessing a candidate’s eligibility to immigrate to Canada are:

a. Age

b. Education

c. Work experience


d. Language skills

Scoring 400+ in all categories means good news and the candidate has a higher chance of being called for an interview.

These are the minimum requirements for qualifying for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program:

1. Age

Age is an important selection factor for immigration to Canada. While there is no age limit, the system is geared toward younger candidates.

To score high (up to 100 points) in the age category, you must be between 19 – 29 years old. Candidates over the age of 45 will get ZERO points for age.

2. Work experience

To score high in this category, the Nigerian candidate must have had at least 1 year of continuous work in a valued job role.

To be eligible for the Canadian Express Entry program, your job must be in any of the following categories:

i. Skill Type 0 — Management jobs, such as restaurant managers, mine managers, and shore captains.

ii. Skill Level A — Professional jobs, such as doctors, dentists, and architects.

iii. Skill Level B — This includes technical jobs and skilled trades such as chefs, plumbers, and electricians.

3. Language skills

Nigerian candidates applying for the “Express Entry” program are required to take an approved language test in either English or French.

To qualify, the candidate must get a minimum benchmark score of 7 in evaluations for writing, reading, listening and speaking.

The two approved test providers in English for Canada immigration are: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).

Those testing for French will take the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).

4. Education

Nigerian candidates applying for the “Express Entry” program must provide proof of a completed certificate, diploma or degree.

Each certificate submitted will go through the Canada Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes.

The Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one.


Proof of sufficient funds:

Nigerian applicants for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program must demonstrate they have enough funds to cater for their stay in Canada.

Failure to prove this can lead to the “Express Entry” application being denied.

Budget travelers to Canada should plan on spending up to $100 per day.

This amount should be able to cover food and accommodation expenses.

Canada Embassy in Nigeria

There are two Canadian High Commissions in Nigeria.

The Canada Embassy in Abuja is at 13010G, Palm close, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District Abuja, Nigeria.

The Canada Embassy in Lagos is at 4 Anifowoshe St, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Both embassies work from 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays and remain closed on weekends.
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