How to Get a Canadian Work Visa from Nigeria – You might be wondering why a lot of people are choosing Canada as their destination when it comes to immigration, well Canada is one of the best countries to immigrate to and aside it’s relaxed immigration policy, there are a lot of benefits that comes with living and working in Canada.
If you must know, Nigerians constitute a large number of the immigrants in Canada and the number is not slowing down too because you reading this article means you also want to relocate to Canada.
Whether you are immigrating to Canada on a temporary or permanent basis, you will need to have the right information at your fingertips for you to do this and that is why we are here.
Getting a work visa to work in Canada from Nigeria can be difficult but with the information we will give you in this article, you won’t have a problem applying for a Canadian work visa from Nigeria.
If you are looking to work in Canada, you are in luck as Canada is looking to bring foreign nationals to the country to fill up labour shortages and Nigerians are known to be hardworking people.
There are over 90 immigration programs through which you can move to Canada and we are going to look at the most suitable immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada from Nigeria and get work visa.
Working in Canada has a lot of benefits that comes with it like better quality of life with low cost of living depending on the province and also attractive salaries. Canada is one of the safest countries to live in and so if you have skills, training and work experience any of the jobs that are in demand in the country, you can easily get work visa to come to Canada.
So without further ado, let’s move to the article proper…
3 Steps To Get A Canadian Work Visa From Nigeria
To apply for a Canadian work visa, you will have to get a valid job offer from an employer in Canada and since there are a lot of jobs opportunities in Canada, getting a job from Nigeria would be pretty easy.
The job offers you get in Canada will determine the type of work permit you will obtain in Canada. For instance, if you have a job offer as an agricultural worker, you would have to obtain an employer-specific work permit by applying through the Agricultural Worker Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The Employer-specific work permit restricts you to work for a particular employer and in a specific job position in Canada.
The LMIA is to support your work permit especially if you are going for an Employer-specific work permit. The LMIA is a document that shows that your employer needed to employ you as there are not Canadian citizens or permanent resident available to fill up the job position and so with the LMIA, your job offer is seen to be valid.
The LMIA is issued to the employer that wants to hire you from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to an employer that wants to hire foreign workers.
So if you want to work in Canada as a Nigerian, you will have to get a copy of the LMIA from the employer in Canada that wants to hire you and submit this document when you are applying for Canadian work visa.
If you are a temporary foreign worker from Nigeria and you qualify for a work permit program under the International Mobility Program (IMP), then you may not require the LMIA and also some essential occupations in Canada may not require this LMIA.
If you are looking to get a job in Canada and also want to get permanent residency, you can consider the immigration pilot programs for caregivers and agricultural workers.
These jobs are in demand in the country and so it is easier to get them and also, the work experience gained can help you become a permanent resident in Canada.
The immigration pilot programs are:
Top 15 jobs in Canada
We are going to look at the top 15 jobs in Canada in 2022 according to Randstad along with their potential salaries in Canadian dollar.
You should know that these figures are just estimate and are not the real figures the workers earn. It is just a close value of what you are likely to earn working in these fields or occupations.
|Top 15 Jobs in Canada in 2021|
|Occupation||Average Annual Salary in CAD (Source: Neuvoo)|
|1. Project manager||$83,000 to $90, 675|
|2. Software developer||$80,218 to $85, 600|
|3. Registered nurse||$74,000 to $80, 126|
|4. HR manager||$75,000 to $78, 975|
|5. Financial advisor||$73,000 to $77, 739|
|6. Electric engineer||$69,200 to $74, 997|
|7. Accountant||$51,000 to $58, 500|
|8. Driver||$41,900 to $44, 234|
|9. Administrative assistant||$39,000 to $43, 875|
|10. Welder||$38,000 to $43, 875|
|11. Sales associate||$32,190 to $37, 050|
|12. Accounts payable and receivable clerk||$30,000 to $34, 750|
|13. Customer service representative||$30,000 to $34, 125|
|14. General labourer||$28,000 to $31, 919|
|15. Merchandiser||$27,000 to $31, 346|
Work In Canada Without A Job Offer
If you are wondering if you can work in Canada without a job offer, well it is very possible and you can do this by studying in Canada. You will have to apply through the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
In this program, you can work in Canada even without a job offer from an employer in the country and the work experience you get from working and studying can help you apply for permanent residence in Canada.
How To Live And Work In Canada As A Permanent Resident
For those that want to immigrate to Canada and not apply for a work visa and work permit, then this is the best route for you. We are going to be looking at the fastest and easiest immigration program through which you can immigrate to Canada and even become a permanent resident and one sweet thing about the program is that you don’t need a job offer.
This program is the Express Entry System. Let’s talk about it.
The Express Entry System
This is one of the most popular immigration programs in Canada and it is also one of the fastest and easiest ways to immigrate to Canada as it takes as short as six months to process and since its initiation in 2015, it has been the pathways for a large number of immigrants to Canada.
The Express Entry System is an online program where applicants are expected to create an online profile where they are expected to fill in some information to meet the requirements of the program.
The requirements for the program are: age, work experience, educational qualification, language proficiency, proof of funds and provincial nomination (not necessary).
You will be expected to complete your profile within 60 days after which you will be placed in a pool draw with other applicants and a score will be given to you based on the factors and requirements we have listed above.
A Comprehensive Ranking System will be used to rank all the applicants in that particular draw and your score and that of other applicants will be ranked against a CRS cut-off score and for you to be selected, you will have to meet or exceed the cut-off score and you will be given an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
Also, in this system, there is always another chance for you if you were not successful at the first time. The Express Entry Draws are done twice in a month and so you have the chance to participate in another draw if you were not successful in the first draw. You will have to improve your CRS score to boost your chances of being chosen in the next draw and you can do this by getting a job offer from an employer in Canada or getting a nomination from a province in Canada.
Canada is one of the best countries to live and work in like we have clearly stated in this article and we have also shown you some of the top paying jobs in Canada. With this information, you would know the best jobs to apply for where you can easily get a job offer and process your work visa from Nigeria.
Applying for a job that is in demand in the country will increase your chances of getting a job offer as employers are looking to bring in foreign workers to come fill up job positions.
We have also shown you one of the best ways you can immigrate to Canada and even become a permanent resident and so, you shouldn’t delay in your application. You will have to look at the various streams under the Express Entry Program to see which program you meet the eligibility requirements so you can start your application as soon as possible and be on your way to working in Canada as a Nigerian.