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It’s no more news that Canada is one of the best countries to relocate to in the world.
More so, it is the best country looking for eligible individuals and families to fill their labor force – the country is large. Really large.
Unless you have your reasons for not relocating like others with business strongholds in Nigeria, then, it might amaze you that millions of Nigerians are scrambling on how to apply for Canadian Visa and fly out like the 2 black birds on the wall.
And of course, as a Nigerian, you have thousands of reasons to leave for Canada.
Just before we go into the real deal, I want to blot out the fear that most of us have.
There is nothing to warrant any form of fear in the Canadian Visa Application.
If you’ve ever applied for an international seminar outside of Nigeria, then there is nothing you should be afraid of. Why? Because it is almost like the same process.
The difference is, your application has to be processed based on your qualifications as a PR.
More than that, at Relocation Garland, we want to make sure that you successfully relocate using all the available and best resources out there.
And even if that means we first of all spend money or invest in the resources before recommending them to you.
Let’s now look out Permanent Residency as a Nigerian in Canada.
Getting Canadian Permanent Residency in Nigeria via Visa Application
A Permanent Resident in Canada is someone who has been given a legal approval by the Canadian Government to work, live, and enjoy the numerous benefits (health care, housing, etc.) as the Canadian Citizens.
When you land in Canada, you will be issued your special Permanent Resident card. This will be issued approximately 60 days of landing on the Canadian soil.
But where everything starts is with the Visa Application Process.
Before we go into the main context of applying for the Canadian express entry from Nigeria, let’s understand what Canada Visa Application means.
What is Canada Visa Application in Nigeria?
Canadian Visa is all about getting the approval to travel to Canada based on the routes you want to use.
Now when we talk of the Canada Visa Application, this explains the route or process we want to use for the Canadian Visa.
As we know, there are many ways to do this, we have the 2 popular application routes, the Express Entry Program and the Provincial Nominee program.
Going on, we have Business Immigration application, Student Visa application, Rural Northern Visa Application and many more.
In today’s guide, we are going to see how to apply for the Canadian Visa using the Express Entry route.
Understanding Relocation to Canada through the Express Entry Program in Nigeria
The EEP or Federal Express Entry program started in 2015. The essence of it was and is to grant those with work experience or skills in any profession to relocate to Canada.
Just like boarding a taxi to relocate from one city to the other, the relocation via Express Entry is Canada’s main system for managing immigration applications for skilled workers.
Express Entry is not just an immigration program, but a system used to process applications for three distinct immigration programs in Canada, each targeting a different type of skilled worker.
How Express Entry Program Works in Nigeria
Using the Express Entry process requires that you submit skill or work experience, educational height(s), educational background, IELTS and other requirements you will soon find out for each round and yearly draws – selection process.
As soon as you complete and cross-check your Express Entry profile, you are required to submit it for evaluation.
From the information you supply, you will be assigned a cutoff point – like JAMB score.
But in this case, it is called, CRS point. CRS means the Comprehensive Ranking System.
With the score, your data will be weighed and generated based on requirements.
And if you are qualified based on your cut-off points, you will be notified for the next application process.
And it should be noted that, unlike the Provincial Nominee Program where you reside in your nominated province, with Express Entry Program, you can live wherever you want (choose) in Canada.
Top 3 Canadian Relocation by Express Entry
There are 3 types of EEP namely, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Federal Skilled Worker Program.
For Nigerians, the frequently used is the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
It may interest you to know that the Federal Skilled Worker Program is the most popular Express Entry aligned program, receiving more than half of all invitations.
To qualify, you need:
- Work experience: Minimum of 12 months of full-time, skilled work experience.
- Language: Score Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 7 on an approved language test.
- Settlement or Proof of Funds: You must have enough funds to support your settlement in Canada.
- Education: Minimum of Canadian high school education, or foreign equivalent, etc.
In summary, this is a relocation program whereby the Canadian authority uses selection factor points to help assess your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
When your selection factors is assessed, you will then be assigned an overall score out of 100 wherefore you will be told what next.
Today, our relocation route is focused on the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Let’s talk about the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points before we go to the main visa application process.
What you must know about Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point-based system the Canadian Immigration Commission uses to assess and score your profile and rank you in the Express Entry pool.
The points you get from the CRS include a core set of points up to 600 and a set of additional points up to 600.
You can grab the first 600 Points through the following factors.
- Skills and experience factors.
- Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education.
- Skills transferability, including education and work experience.
Later on you will see how to increase your CRS points.
We are almost there.
How To Successfully Relocate To Canada from Nigeria – 2 Options Application
Now, you have in your hands the right steps to Canadian Express Entry, but before we see how to, you have 2 options here.
Option 1 – you can do it following the steps below.
Option 2 – you can use Victor Jegede’s guide to follow through.
Let’s see how to do it yourself, and later on I will talk more about Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint.
How To Apply for Permanent Residency via Canada Express Entry from Nigeria in 7 Steps
While Jegede’s Blueprint shows you the exact step-by-step method to relocating to Canada using this route, here are the steps to the relocation process.
Kindly note that this Visa Application is using the Federal Skilled Workers Program route. Here we go.
1. Test Your Relocation Eligibility for Express Entry Program
The first step with the Express Entry is to check your eligibility in the program.
To test your eligibility, all you need to do is take a simple Questionnaire on the Canadian Immigration website.
If you have not done a language test yet you can give yourself a realistic test score and fill out other information.
By recommendation, just give yourself a test score lower than what you think you may score so you will know how to work on the language test.
If proven eligible, then move to the next step.
And if not, try to increase your CRS points and try again.
Kindly note: The eligibility test tool here will help you calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on the answers you provide in the questionnaire, and it is not a perfect tool.
In the event of any lack of compatibility or similarity between the results of this questionnaire tool and that provided by the Express Entry electronic system, the results provided by the Express system shall govern.
So, as far as you have the basic requirements here, you are required to complete your profile and get the main Express Entry electronic system result which is the accurate parameters for your eligibility.
1b. Find out your work NOC (National Occupational Classification
When applying for your Canadian visa, you will need to classify your occupation using the codes are defined by the Canadian immigration authority, and so, if you had before now changed jobs, you will know the correct category code that you should use in your application.
For instance, you have the following occupational classification codes.
Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs, such as:
- restaurant managers
- mine managers
- shore captains (fishing)
Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as:
Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as:
If you already know this part then you can skip and fill appropriately when there, else, check it out here.
2. Get your Profile Entry Documents Ready
Upon being eligible for the Express Entry Pool, the next step is to prepare your documents to create your Express Entry profile.
Here are the documents you need to get ready.
You want to make sure that your passport is ready where you will use for identification.
- Evaluate your Credentials
Credential evaluation puts you on the same radar as those in Canada.
Let’s say you studied a degree course like Economics for 4 years in Nigeria, with credential evaluation you will be assessed appropriately wherefore you will be ranked equivalent to someone with a degree in Canada.
You might ask, why can’t I just use my certificate or transcript?
Answer: the Canadian Immigration Program for EEP does not allow direct usage of certificates or transcripts.
So, how do you get this done?
There are several agencies that can help you but the popular one is WES.
For over 45 years, WES has empowered international students and professionals to reach their goals through our trusted credential evaluations and advice.
So, what you need to do is submit your documents for evaluation on WES’s website.
- Language Proficiency
You need Language Proficiency results from an approved language test you took within the two years prior to creating your profile.
Having done your WES, go ahead and register for IELTS. This costs about N75,000.
Of course, because Canada does not communicate using Igbo or Nigerian Vernacular, it therefore means (you) everyone applying for Canadian PR will have to take a language test to show proficiency in either French or English. You even get bonus points if you can prove both!
3. Submit Your Online Express Entry Profile
Having successfully followed the above steps, it’s now time to create your Express Entry Profile.
This is a MUST step before being qualified to submitting your application for the Federal Express Entry Pool.
A recap of how the Express Entry Profile Works
You will be asked for personal information, work history, educational details, and etc.
In all these, it’s important to tell nothing but the truth because of:
- The details will add up to give you a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score and,
- If found out you were playing funny you will be banned from the program, forever (maybe).
Now every two weeks a draw is made from the pool of submitted Express Entry profiles.
This draw is done to offer “Invitation to Apply” to candidates qualified.
The exact cut-off score is determined by the number of selections the committee plans to choose from that draw.
Having completed your profile, welcome as you have officially joined the Express Entry Pool.
What you need to do is wait for your result. But while you wait, you can start applying for jobs via the Canadian Job banks.
Kindly note, your profile will close within 60 days of opening it if you do not submit your data, so try to complete it as soon as you can.
Once again, click here to create your Express Entry Profile.
4. Get your Invitation to Apply (ITA)
Having completed your profile and shortlisted, you will receive an official statement from the Canadian Visa Office for ITA saying”
Dear [your name]
Congratulations! You have been accepted in the Express Entry Pool of Candidates.”
When you receive it go ahead and apply for your Canadian permanent residency.
On the other hand, (I don’t wish to spoil your party), but what if you don’t get an ITA?
Don’t worry, we will see exactly how to go about it and win.
5. Respond to your Invitation To Apply & Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency
Now that you have been issued an “Invitation To Apply”, you need to sign in to your account and submit all the required documents as seen in your account.
At this point, you’ll get a message in your account telling you:
- which program you’ve been invited to apply for
- what to do next.
Note that you’ll need to show proof of the information you filled in your Express Entry profile.
When you do, they’ll assess whether the information you submit in your application is different from what was in your profile.
And if they find out that you gave a false information or left out important details, they could:
- refuse your application
- find you inadmissible
- bar you for 5 years from applying to come to Canada for any reason.
So, like I said make sure to fill in nothing but the right information in time of document reassessment.
Also, note that you only have 90 days to complete this application!
Fortunately, at this point, you’re one leg in.
Meaning, the subsequent steps are simple to follow through.
All you need to do is follow the instructions you’re given.
Talking about 90 days period.
Now what will happen if you don’t decline an invitation and you don’t apply within 90 days?
Answer: “the invitation will expire and your profile will be removed from the pool”.
At this point, if you’re still interested in the Canadian relocation process then you have to:
#1. Fill out and submit a new Express Entry profile,
#2. Meet the eligibility to be considered in future rounds of invitations, and,
#3. Get accepted into the pool again.
All in all. Don’t waste time.
Just go ahead and respond to the “Invitation To Apply” and submit all your documents.
Kindly note: in the course of submitting your documents, you may be called to submit your bio metrics at a local embassy or Visa Facilitation Services (VFS).
Just do as asked and you are fine. And if you’re not called for submission then fine as well.
6. Get Your Application Result
An official statement from the Canadian Immigration Authority (IRCC) is that, 80% of all applicants (like you) receive a response within 6 months.
What you don’t want to do…Worrying for 6 months.
It is also recommended you monitor your email account for notifications.
To follow up the application you want to frequently or intermittently log in to your profile and check your application status.
See a sample of the follow page.
7. Receive a PPR – Passport Request Email & other documents needed for Immigration – Ready for Visa
When once you get your letter of approval, you can send in your passports.
Your Canadian Permanent Residence approval will also come with a deadline when you have to enter into Canada or else your PR will be invalidated.
“By the way, PPR is Passport request if you are from country that requires visa to be printed for you to land as an Immigrant. This request is made when your Permanent residence application is at final stage and is ready to be finalized”.
Upon receiving your PR approval, you need to pack your bags and tell friends and family goodbye as you have between 6 months to 1 year from the approval to land in Canada.
What to do if you’re not issued an “Invitation To Apply”
Now if for any reasons (like not enough CRS points – you will see why) you’re not invited to apply within 12 months of submitting your Express Entry profile, your profile entries will automatically expire. What does that mean?
Your profile will be removed from the system with a message and date in your account.
No need to become depressed or discouraged, (if you want to use Jegede’s relocation blueprint you can ask him what to do), but if you are doing it on your own then here are a few things to do.
Solution #1. Create a new profile for next round.
Note: you don’t need to create a new profile until your existing profile expires.
That is why you need to improve your CRS points for the next pool with a new profile if your scores wasn’t enough.
Here is a follow up guide for clarification.
Solution #2. Use your Profile for Express Entry Provincial Nominee Program.
And how does that work?
Now let’s imagine that your CRS points wasn’t enough for the EEP pool, you can use the one you have and apply for Canadian Visa in another Province accepting such a CRS point.
For instance, let’s say you had a cutoff point of 400 and a particular Canadian provinces like Manitoba accepts such then you can use it for Manitoba Visa Application.
This type of application is known as “Express Entry-Provincial Nominee Program “.
It’s just like a supplementary for Express Entry.
That is, where you failed in the Federal Skilled Workers Express Entry you make up for a Canadian province that accepts such.
Here is an infographic for you to relate with.
Solution #3. Use other Canadian Relocation Routes
If after all these you see that your chances are slim, then all you can do is to use other Canadian Relocation Routes that is less hectic to relocate.
But note that, if you can fulfill all the requirements with the Express Entry skilled workers program, it is the best and recommended route as you relocate with your head up that you fulfilled all the Canadian Visa requirements.
So, don’t give up on first trial if you don’t get it.
Try again because “just that one” approval is worth more than the trials.
At this point, let me summarize how your CRS points can be improved for reconsideration.
Just as we said in step 3 about submitting your Express Entry Profile where you’ll be selected in the pool if you are approved for the next step.
Now, here are the factors you can increase your chances in the pool, AKA, increasing your CRS points.
Additional points: Up to 600 points
- If you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate.
- A valid job offer from a Canadian company or organization.
- A nomination from a particular Canadian province or territory
- A brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident.
- A strong French language skills in addition to English.
All in all, your main profile score points + the above Additional points = your total CRS score, up to 1,200.
The above are some of the steps you can take to increase your relocation chances by boosting your CRS points in the next Express Entry Pool round – if only the first wasn’t enough.
We are done with option 1.
In summary of the EEP application. It is #1. Get your credentials for application ready.
#2 Apply for EEP.
#3. Wait for the Express Entry Draw and follow the instructions from there.
Let’s now see how to do it with Victor Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint.
Now I did say that at Relocation Garland we will do everything you need to know as far as such will help you achieve your goal which is Canadian immigration.
We went ahead to invest in Victor Jegede’s Canadian Relocation Blueprint.
And what’s the essence of that?
We want you to avoid wasting money here and there or even paying an agent for what you could simply get at your fingers tips.
So, all we are doing here is to buy the Blueprint first and tell you what you will get if you invest in it.
I hope you appreciate that. All right, here we go.
For a full review of what you will get from Victor, here is the Victor Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint Review.
Relocation with Victor Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint
Of course it’s no more news that seeking permanency residence in Canada via the Express Entry have now become an integral part of many Nigerian immigrants strategy for relocation.
To proof a point, according to the statistics, 17 million Nigerians live abroad while report also showed that about 36,000 Nigeria immigrants arrived Europe by sea.
However, for you, you want to make the most of your relocation process – I mean, leaving legally without being deported.
One of such ways that come to mind is using Victor Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint.
Having been where you are today – Victor was in Nigeria a few years ago.
And later moving all his family, Victor has helped many Nigerians successfully relocate to Canada who are now Permanent Residence as he is.
To help you make an informed decision, I’m writing a short detailed review list of Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint, along with some of the benefits.
Use Jegede’s PR in Canada Blueprint to do the following for you:
- How the Express Entry Program links with Provincial Program.
- How to create a successful evaluation profile with WES with graphics.
- An exclusive comprehensive LIST of IELTS lessons.
- How to Avoid Common Errors Made by Applicants.
- Information of how you can get the Designated Employers Database, and more.
- Get access to all the employers in the most attractive Canadian provinces.
- Get to see the positions currently advertised by these employers and also get updated as new positions emerge.
- Get to apply to these positions and employers leveraging on the database which gives you access to these companies websites, email addresses, and some phone numbers.
If you feel that you will want someone who has used the same relocation steps to guide you and communicate as well, then you can get the PR in Canada Blueprint by Victor Jegede.
Cost of the Blueprint: We paid N17,000 for the Blueprint.
When you make the payment you will get it sent to your email account, from there you can have full access and start your relocation process with it.
While the order of the Blueprint is on the increase, today, you can get it ASAP before the price is hiked.
Full review: for a full video review of the blueprint, click here.
And for the blog post version, click here to see.
Final Note on Canadian Immigration with Express Entry for Nigerians
At this point, I have to say that the bold steps to relocating to Canada is all about your mindset. How?
Why do people think they can’t relocate on their own when it is the same process you would have traveled to overseas for shopping?
While for shopping you won’t need credentials evaluation, but since you want to become a part of that county you want to provide all of these.
Needless to say, the efforts invested in relocating to Canada can’t be compared to the benefits you will get when you finally relocate.
So, it is worth every bit of it.
But first you have to believe that this is attainable without an agent.
Over time, we’ve heard people spend millions on this journey (excluding the main relocation processes), that is not how it is done.
For us, we are ever ready to invest in the best and available immigration resources to make sure that you don’t waste hundreds of thousands without achieving nothing.
One of such ways is investing in the Canadian PR Blueprint by another Nigerian who was where you are today, and has gone on to help tens of other Nigerians to successfully relocate and become a Permanent in Canada wherefore they will soon receive their Citizenship certification.
On Victor’s Relocation Blueprint, since we’ve bought it ourselves, all I can say is that the Blueprint is for any potential Canadian PR applicant who can’t do on their own or who wants to learn from the experience of another and beat the trial & error method and successfully relocate as a permanent residence in Canada.
More than that. You can always communicate with Victor if you have any questions.
If this sounds as what you need, you can check out the free video masterclass below.
Frequently asked Questions about Canadian Visa Application in Nigeria
Skilled Worker Program (Express Entry) for? Who is the Federal
The EEP is for professionals and skilled workers around the world who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Candidates can apply with their spouse/partner and dependent children.
What is the processing time for Express Entry?
75 percent of completed applications are processed within six months or less.
Question: What are the List of requirements for Nigerian degrees?
- Degree Certificate
- Academic Transcripts
- Final Secondary Examination Results
- WAEC / NECO
Question: What happens if My CRS Point score tallies with another applicant?
At most times the first to apply/submit his/her profile might also be the first to be shortlisted. Why is this?
ITA uses factors like date and time of submission to break the tie. So, it’s advisable you get started immediately for a successive draw in case your score tallies with Mrs. A. or Mrs. B.
Question: What Happens to your PR Application Fees if you’re not successful, will the balance be refunded?
Answer: Of course, yes. The balance will be refunded to you.
Question: How can I access Canada Express Entry Point’s Calculator 2021?
Answer: on the Canada immigration Website
As already discussed, the CRS is a points-based system that the Canada immigration authority uses to assess and score your (applicant) profile and rank it in the Express Entry pool.
Question: How is Express Entry Profile Pool Determined?
The exact profile pool cut-off score is determined by the number of selections the Canadian immigration committee plans to choose from that draw.
For instance, if they need 2,500 selections form a particular batch, they pick the highest 2,500 candidates in the pool on that date, and the score of the 2500th person becomes the cut-off score.
Now if there is a cut-off score tie for the 2500th person, they use factors like date and time of submission to determine the tie.
The above is why you need to process your application without procrastination.
Question: How long will it take to receive my ITA?
There is no proposed date but the good news is, if the next draw is next week and you submit your profile this week, then you will get “Invitation To Apply” the same week.
Question: How can I access my Canada Express Entry Login?
Answer: on the Canada immigration Website
Go ahead and enter your login details (username and password) to access your login dashboard.
Question: what happens if you don’t want to try the Express Entry after the first trial without success?
You have 3 main options.
#1. While your profile is still active, you want to increase your CRS point and retry.
#2. Use the score for Provincial Nominee Express Entry.
#3. Go for other Canadian relocation programs.
Question: What do I do upon waiting for Response for Canadian Permanent Residency Application?
#1. Go about your normal business.
#2. If you want, log in to your profile from time to time to check your application progress report. – I mean to see what stage your application has reached.
#3. Visit RelocationGarland.com for updates.
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