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Canada PR (Permanent Residence) For Nigerians

Nigerians can be a Canada PR by applying for Express Entry program, immigration for business, family sponsorship, or Province Nominee Program.

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    Apply for Permanent Residence: Express Entry

    In Canada, a person is considered a permanent resident if they have immigrated to the country and been granted permanent resident status despite not being a citizen of Canada. Citizens of different nations may become permanent residents in the United States. A temporary resident of Canada, such as a student or a worker from Nigeria, is not considered a permanent resident.

    Express Entry is a path to permanent residency in Canada that is both the quickest and most popular for Nigerians looking to start a new life in Canada. Ideal candidates for Express Entry have earned degrees from four-year universities or colleges, have years of experience in a skilled occupation, and have a reasonable command of English and/or French.

    In order for applicants to be eligible to submit a profile via the Express Entry system, they need first to satisfy the eligibility conditions for one of the following three government programs:

    • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
    • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

    Before You Apply for Permanent Residence

    When you are given an invitation to submit an application for permanent residence in Canada, only then will you be required to pay the associated costs. If you submit your application via a PNP, you will likely be required to pay the government processing costs in addition to the provincial immigration expenses.

    When individuals talk about “Express Entry points” for Canada, they are often talking about their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Candidates in Canada’s Express Entry pool are ranked based on a number of parameters, one of which is their CRS score. These considerations include the following:

    • Your age;
    • Level of education;
    • Language skills, preferably in French or English;
    • Work experience gained both internationally and in Canada;
    • Marital status;
    • Connections to Canada.

    When applying via Express Entry, a job offer is not required. The overwhelming majority of applicants who are approved for Express Entry do not have a formal job offer waiting for them in Canada.

    If you actually have a legitimate job offer in Canada, you may be eligible for an additional 200 points on the CRS scale.

    Once You Have Your Invitation to Apply

    Your invitation to apply for Express Entry is only valid for 60 days. As soon as possible, begin filling out the online form so that you may gather all the necessary data and paperwork before your invitation expires.

    To complete the online form, refer to the following steps:

    • Register with your account.
    • Click the link to submit an Express Entry application for permanent residency.

    When completing the form:

    • Make sure you send in all of the necessary paperwork.
    • Your responses must all be accurate and whole.
    • To submit your application, make sure all required fields are filled out. Otherwise, you won’t be able to.
    • You may store your data on the form and return it as frequently as necessary.

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    For a single applicant, the cost of moving to Canada via the Express Entry system is around $2,300 CAD, while the cost for a pair is approximately $4,500 CAD. The following items are included in the cost breakdown:

    • The average fee for language examinations is $300.
    • Cost of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is typically about $200.
    • Biometrics: $85/person
    • Fees charged by the government come to $1,325 per adult and $225 each kid.
    • Fees for medical examination range from around $450 for adults to $250 for children on average.
    • Certificates of clearance from the police cost an average of $100 per nation

    Canada PR Processing Times


    From the time a candidate submits their Express Entry profile to the time they get their permanent residence visa, the processing time for Express Entry may be as low as six months. However, the legal process won’t always move at such a rapid pace. If you are not extended an invitation to apply, your Express Entry profile will continue to be considered among the pool of applicants for a period of one year. If, after a year has passed, you have not gotten an invitation, you are more than welcome to resubmit your profile so that you may continue to be considered for openings. To explain it in further detail:

    • Your Express Entry profile will be active for a full year in the pool of candidates.
    • You will have a period of sixty days from the time the ITA is issued until you submit the requisite complete application of papers.
    • When the immigration authorities have your entire application, including your permanent residence visa, the IRCC will likely process your application within around six months.

    Faster Processing

    There are several circumstances under which the federal government of Canada may be able to speed up the processing of an application for a permanent residence card. In order to be eligible for expedited processing of your permanent residence card, you need to be leaving the country within the next three months for one of the following reasons:

    • A job opportunity
    • A major sickness
    • The passing of a family member
    • Work connected to your present job
    • Serious illness of a family member

    It is important to remember that even if a person is qualified for quicker processing, the Canadian government does not promise that they will do so or that permanent resident cards will be delivered on time. This is the case even if the individual is eligible for expedited processing. As a result, keeping a PR card that is still active at all times is strongly recommended in case of an emergency.

    In the event that the expiration date on your PR card is drawing near and you have not yet submitted an application for Canadian citizenship, you may be interested in submitting an application to renew your permanent residence card.

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    Canada Permanent Residency Requirements


    There are different requirements to apply for a Canada PR. A person must fulfil a residence requirement in order to keep their permanent resident status in Canada. A person’s need to remain in Canada for a certain period of time is referred to as their physical presence there. A person must physically remain in Canada for at least 730 days during a five-year period in order to be considered a permanent resident unless they qualify for one of numerous exceptions.

    Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

    In general, the following criteria must be met for you to be qualified to submit a skilled worker application to Express Entry:

    • Have a minimum of one year’s worth of continuous full-time (or part-time experience comparable to full-time) work experience in a skilled profession during the last ten years.
    • Have the ability to show, in a language exam that is recognized, a minimum score of seven on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either English or French.
    • Education after high school that has been completed and is evaluated in accordance with the criteria established by Canada using the Education Credential Assessment.

    Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

    An applicant must have a minimum of two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade in order to be eligible for FST or an equivalent amount of experience gained via part-time employment. Only work experience gained after a person has been awarded the certification for performing the trade in Nigeria is counted toward this requirement.

    Canada Experience Class (CEC)

    • Be acquired in Canada during the preceding thirty-six months of the date on which the electronic Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR) is submitted.
    • Your job responsibilities in Canada come under NOC Code Skill Level 0 or A or B, depending on which one it is.
    • Be achieved in accordance with the legislation, paid job experience in Canada.

    How You Can Lose Canada Permanent Residency

    There are four primary routes that a person in Canada who has a permanent resident status might take to lose that status.

    • Physical Presence. Permanent residents of Canada are required to spend 730 days, which is equivalent to two years out of every five, in the country before their PR card may be renewed. It is possible that their permanent resident card will be cancelled if they have not spent the minimum length of time in Canada necessary.
    • The Process of Obtaining Citizenship in Canada. Your permanent residence status will be immediately removed if you remain in Canada long enough to become a citizen of that country; yet, this is something that you should consider to be a positive development. Because permanent residents do not have the same advantages and protections as citizens, there are a number of reasons why you should consider becoming a citizen of Canada.
    • Resigning Your Permanent Resident Card. Some individuals may even choose to resign their permanent resident card on their own and for a variety of reasons. This may be the case if you no longer want to dwell in Canada, if you wish to become a resident in another country that requires you to renounce your status if you wish to submit an application for an electronic travel authorization, or if you choose to give up your status in order to take a diplomatic or official job with a foreign government.
    • Being Declared Inadmissible to Entry into Canada. The authorities in charge of immigration in Canada have set certain requirements that immigrants who have settled in the country must fulfil in order to keep their legal status; otherwise, they risk being deemed inadmissible. You may not be permitted entry into Canada for a number of reasons, including safety, human or international rights abuses, committing a crime for reasons related to physical conditions, and reasons related to finances.

    Receiving a Canadian PR Card

    After having their application for Canadian permanent residency accepted, a person is then qualified to apply for and get a permanent resident card, also known as a PR card. The PR card typically has a validity period of five years, although, in very unusual circumstances, it could only be good for one year.

    This card may be used as an acceptable travel document for the purpose of entering the boundaries of Canada. It is strongly recommended that permanent residents get their PR card since this card enables permanent residents to travel outside of Canada’s boundaries and provides evidence of status in the event that it is required. Permanent residents may travel outside of Canada with their PR card.

    Your Canadian permanent resident status does not expire after your PR card expires. Only by going through the proper legal channels is it possible for a PR holder to relinquish their status. Your status as a permanent resident will remain active even if you are unable to fulfil the residence requirements necessary to maintain it until an official decision is made on your status.

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    Renewing Your PR Status

    In order to submit an application for the renewal of your PR card, you will be required to fill out an application consisting of a form IMM 5444e and provide any necessary papers. The following items are needed:

    • Your original PR card has either already run its course or will do so very soon. If your card will soon be invalid, you are allowed to keep using it until a replacement can be produced.
    • In the event that it is misplaced or stolen, evidence of a misplaced or stolen PR card.
    • A photocopy of an official travel document that is still in use, such as your passport. The photocopies have to be legible.
    • Photos that are clear in accordance with the guidelines for photographs in the handbook.
    • It’s possible that we’ll need some further forms of identification.
    • Records of criminal activity demonstrating that you have not been convicted of any crimes.

    Additional Documents That May Be Required:

    In addition to the items listed above, you could additionally be required to provide other documentation, such as:

    • A copy of the document that verifies the individual’s status as a permanent resident.
    • A photocopy of a current identification card, such as a driver’s licence, student ID, or photo identification card with your picture on it.
    • Recent tax paperwork.
    • If the candidate is less than 18 years old, a copy of their birth certificate.

    The processing of the application will take around 90 days to complete. Within forty-five days, fresh PR cards may be issued. On its website, the IRCC will give up-to-date and accurate information on processing timelines. It might take up to six months, depending on how many applications the IRCC is currently processing, and it could take up to a year for more complicated cases to be resolved.

    Benefits of Becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident

    Live and Work in Canada

    The legal permission to work and reside in Canada. After you have been granted permanent residency in Canada, you are free to relocate to any province or territory in the country. You are not required to remain loyal to a certain company, job, or even province.

    Easier Visa Renewal

    After 5 years have passed, you will need to extend or renew your visa. Although the majority of permanent residency status cards in Canada are good for a period of 5 years, there are several that are only valid for a period of 1 year. In addition, there is no restriction that is given to the number of times that you may renew the status of your visa.

    Bring Your Family Members

    Permits you to bring your whole family with you! If they become permanent residents of Canada, members of your family have the opportunity to live, study, and work in the country. If you are older than 18, however, you have the legal right to sponsor certain people.

    Children are entitled to free education. 

    Free public education is provided by the Canadian government to all children of permanent residents up to the end of 12th grade (or until they reach the age of eighteen). Primary education, secondary education, and higher education are the three tiers of education available in Canada. When it comes to the cost of university education, the fees charged to permanent residents are much lower than those charged to non-permanent residents.

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    5 Main Immigration Pathways for Canadian Permanent Residency

    There are 5 main immigration routes to apply for a permanent resident visa. These are:

    • The Express Entry system is responsible for managing applications for permanent residence submitted by immigrants who are capable of working in occupations in Canada for which there is a shortage of available qualified employees as a result of certain economic immigration programs.
    • Immigration for Business Purposes. Nigerians who come to Canada with the goal of starting a company have access to a vast array of options. Newcomers to Canada who have the expertise as company owners, managers, or investors may use Canada’s business immigration paths to get permanent residency.
    • The family sponsorship process can make separate families in Canada re-united. Through a variety of sponsorship schemes, citizens of Canada and those who have obtained permanent residency in the country are able to sponsor family members for immigration to Canada.
    • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a program designed to assist temporary Nigerian employees and international students who are currently residing in Canada in using their previous work experience and education in order to qualify for permanent residency in Canada.
    • The Provincial Nominee Programs are intended for those who have the training, credentials, and work experience needed to meet Canada’s labour shortages. Target audiences for each province and territories streams include workers, business owners, and students.

    Adjust Your Temporary Status to Permanent Residency

    The TR to PR immigration pathways are intended to grant permanent status to temporary employees and international graduates who are already in Canada and who have the sought-after skills and experience necessary to expedite Canada’s economic comeback following the COVID 19 pandemic. These pathways were introduced as a result of special public policies, and their goal is to accomplish this goal.

    Despite the fact that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has not yet published a document checklist that details all of the necessary material, applicants should anticipate being asked to provide the following papers as part of their application:

    • Application forms that have been filled out;
    • Documents Proving Your Civil Status;
    • A Copy of Your Education Credentials And Transcripts From Your Canadian Education (If Applicable);
    • Proof That You Are Competent In The Language;
    • Work Reference Letters From Your Canadian Employer.
    • Copy of the Nigerian passport;
    • Copies of any and all Canadian immigration permits;
    • Clearances from the Canadian police;
    • Results of the medical exam;
    • Digital picture.

    At the time of the application, you are required to provide any and all supporting paperwork that may be needed in order to determine whether or not a foreign national satisfies the requirements of the public policies.

    Express Entry Program


    Express Entry is the road to permanent residency in Canada that is both the quickest and most popular for immigrants looking to start a new life in Canada.

    Each year, Canada welcomes more than 250,000 economic immigrants who enter the country via the Express Entry system.

    The application procedure for Express Entry consists of two stages. The first thing you need to do is submit your profile, which calls for the following papers to be uploaded:

    • Language exam results
    • Report on the Evaluation of Educational Credentials
    • A passport or travel document

    After submitting your profile and receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada, you will be required to submit a more comprehensive application that includes letters of reference, additional identifying papers, certificates of clearance from the police, and the results of a medical examination.

    Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)

    The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used by the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, which is run by the Express Entry system and manages the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program. CRS ranks individuals who want to live permanently in Canada. In contrast to applicants for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Workers do not need to demonstrate that they have previous job experience in Canada in order to join the Express Entry pool.

    Candidates must instead achieve a minimum point requirement that is based on variables such as job experience, language proficiency, and educational background. After being included to the pool, those candidates whose CRS scores are deemed to be the most competitive will be sent invitations to submit an application for permanent residence in Canada.

    Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

    Express Entry is in charge of managing all three federal immigration programs, and one of those programs is the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program. The same with the other Express Entry programs, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used by FST to rank interested individuals against one another.

    This ensures that only the most qualified people are invited to submit an application for permanent residence in Canada. The FST program may be a quick way for skilled tradespeople to get Canadian permanent residency and, along with it, the right to live and work in Canada permanently.

    Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

    Candidates with recent work experience in Canada who are interested in immigrating to Canada permanently and who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program have an excellent opportunity. The processing time for CEC applications may be as short as three to four months, making it one of the quickest ways to get permanent residency in Canada.

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    Business Immigration

    The government of Canada encourages investors, company managers, and entrepreneurs of every kind who are interested in relocating to Canada and discovering new prospects to submit an application for one of the several expedited business immigration programs. The government of Canada is constantly looking for people who are interested in establishing a presence in Canada. Your years of professional expertise and business acumen are priceless resources that may assist you in making wise investments in your future via Canada’s dynamic and diversified economy.

    Family Sponsorship

    Sponsorship schemes are available for family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to immigrate to Canada and start new lives there. Because of these policies, some members of a family have the opportunity to become permanent residents of Canada. Family sponsorship programs are one of the most popular avenues for immigration to Canada. These programs make it simple for citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse and other immediate family members to Canada, and they decrease the amount of time required for the processing of applications. Canada recognizes that one’s family should never be put on hold.

    Canadian Experience Class

    Candidates with recent work experience in Canada who are interested in immigrating to Canada permanently and who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program have an excellent opportunity to do so. The processing time for CEC applications may be as low as three to four months, making it one of the quickest ways to get permanent residency in Canada. An applicant must have completed at least 12 months of skilled work experience in Canada, either full-time or in an equal number of part-time hours, in order to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Credit (CEC). It is required that the Canadian work experience be gained within the most recent three years prior to the date of application. CEC is not possible for non-Canadian citizens  who do not have recent work experience in Canada.

    Provincial Nominee Program

    Nigerians who are interested in coming to a particular province or territory in Canada have the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in Canada via one of Canada’s provincial nominee programs, sometimes known as PNPs.

    Each province and territory in Canada runs its own PNP, which is customised to match the unique economic and demographic requirements of that jurisdiction.

    Every province and territory in the country, with the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, runs several PNP streams. Because these streams were developed by the provinces to assist in meeting their distinct immigration objectives, the eligibility requirements and application processes are not standardised throughout the country. PNPs, on the other hand, are a well-liked choice due to the fact that they could provide the simplest route to Canadian permanent residence.

    It is impossible for the provinces of Canada to grant permanent resident status on their own since the federal government must provide its consent to all decisions pertaining to permanent residence in Canada before they can be implemented. Because of this, the programs offered by the province are referred to as “nominee” programs.

    If you are successful in your application to a PNP, the province will put your name forward to the federal government as a candidate for permanent residence. In light of this fact, entering Canada through a PNP is always the first phase of a two-step procedure that must be completed. An interested immigrant must first get their application accepted at the provincial level before moving on to submit it at the federal level.

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    Restrictions and Obligations of Permanent Residence

    A person is required to fulfil a residency requirement in order for them to be able to keep their permanent residence in Canada. The term “residency obligation” refers to the requirement that a person must be physically present inside Canada for a certain period of time. In order to fulfil the residence requirement for becoming a permanent resident of Canada, an individual must either be physically present inside Canada for a total of at least 730 days during a period of five years or satisfy one of the following circumstances:

    The individual is outside of Canada and is travelling with a Canadian citizen who is the person’s spouse or common-law partner, or the individual is a child who is accompanying their parent; The individual is outside of Canada and is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian company or in the public service of Canada or of a Canadian province; The individual is a spouse, common-law partner, or kid of a permanent resident who is outside of Canada and is employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business

    In most cases, an individual’s eligibility for a permanent resident card renewal, a permanent resident travel document (PRTD), or Canadian citizenship is determined when they submit an application for one of these three documents or when they apply for citizenship in Canada. Note that if a person has had Canadian permanent residence for more than five years, the residency requirement will be determined based on the five years previous to the date an application was received by the visa office. This is something that should be taken into consideration.

    If a person has been a permanent resident of Canada for less than five years, they may be eligible to apply for a permanent resident card renewal or PRTD if they can establish that they will be able to satisfy the 730 days of physical presence day requirement during the next five years. However, this only applies if they can show that they will be able to achieve the need before the end of the five-year term.

    Permanent Resident Card

    After having your application for Canadian permanent residency accepted, a person is then qualified to apply for and get a permanent resident card, also known as a PR card. The PR card typically has a validity period of five years, although in very unusual circumstances, it could only be good for one year. This card may be used as an acceptable travel document for the purpose of entering the boundaries of Canada.

    It is strongly recommended that permanent residents get their PR card, since this card enables permanent residents to travel outside of Canada’s boundaries and provides evidence of status in the event that it is required. Permanent residents may travel outside of Canada with their PR card.

    It is not necessary for newly arrived permanent residents to submit an application for a PR card. When they immigrate to Canada and provide their Canadian postal address, they will immediately be sent a PR card in the mail. Only those who satisfy one of the following requirements are eligible to submit an application for a PR card:

    • If you did not get your PR card within 180 days after immigrating to Canada;
    • If your PR card has expired or will expire in less than nine months;
    • If your PR card has been lost, stolen, or destroyed;
    • If you legally changed your name and need to update your PR card;
    • If you legally changed your name and need to update your PR card.

    Applications for permanent resident cards (PR cards) must be sent in physical copy to one of the Case Processing Centres designated by the IRCC.

    When you come back to Canada from anywhere else in the world, you are required to have a current permanent resident card (PR card) in order to demonstrate that you are eligible to live there permanently.

    Renew your card before you go if it has already run out of validity or will do so within the following nine months.

    Loss of Permanent Resident Status

    You could lose your permanent resident (PR) status. It is possible that you will lose your PR status if you have not been physically present in Canada for at least 730 days during the preceding five years. When your permanent resident card expires, you will not be stripped of your status as a permanent resident. You are not able to remove your status unless you go through the proper channels to do so.

    You may lose your permanent resident status if:

    • You are no longer considered a permanent resident by an adjudicator after an inquiry or PRTD appeal;
    • You voluntarily relinquish your permanent resident status;
    • A removal order is filed against you and goes into effect;
    • or You become a citizen of Canada.

    You are still considered a PR up to the point when a formal decision is made on your status, even if you do not complete the residence requirement.

    How Can IAS Help?

    Nigerians may submit an application for permanent residence in Canada; however, only persons who meet the requirements will be approved.

    Because the requirements and steps of the process are different depending on the path that you choose, it is essential that you acquire further knowledge and seriously consider consulting with an immigration expert. You will be issued a PR Card when you have been granted approval or been invited to become a permanent resident of Canada.

    At IAS, we will evaluate whether or not you meet the requirements to get a Canada PR, and we will walk you through each step of the application process, beginning to end. We will provide you with help during the application process, and we will be available at all times to answer any questions that you may have.

    Give us a call right now at +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 to learn more about the ways in which we might be of assistance to you.

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