Relocating to Canada from Nigeria and any part of the world is not rocket science. That is to say, you do not need an agent to get you there. Why?
Because everything you need to migrate safely without paying an outrageous amount of money and wasting time is available and accessible to you.
Let no one lie to you, the best way to relocate to Canada from Nigeria or anywhere is to have the Canadian experience. Sounds naughty, right?
Yeah. You may ask. How can I have a Canadian experience when I am in Nigeria or anywhere else?
Answer – do everything possible to get the Canadian experience/relocation requirements. It’s that simple.
The thing is, the most straightforward route is the Express Entry because you are relocating with all the boxes ticked.
How do I mean?
As we already know, the most popular way to relocate to Canada is through the Federal Express Entry System.
This is a system designed around a cut-off system where people are selected based on merit after they have successfully met a laid down requirement by the CIC- Center for Immigration Canada.
The CIC has a threshold that is released every month through a grading system called the CRS – (Comprehensive Ranking System).
The CRS checks your eligibility to relocate to Canada by scoring you points based on the following;
- Work experience
- Language Proficiency (IELTS)
- Canadian experience and or Connectivity (having a close relative in Canada) Job offers, etc.
The truth is, many who meet up with the required points of the above list have gone ahead to relocate to Canada with the Express Entry route.
However, the drawback of the system is that #1. It works mostly for people who are 35 years old and below plus having every other requirement to be ranked in the draw.
#2. You need an IELTS exam certificate for the Express Entry pathway, so, this is not the relocation route we are looking for.
For instance, if you are above 42, your chances are slim, if you cannot pass the IELTS exam you are out, and if you don’t have the required educational qualifications you are also out, among other requirements.
And the other popular relocation path – is the Provincial Nominee program.
The provincial nomination gives you 600 points which in turn automatically earns you an ITA – Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.
However, the drawback here is that #1. It takes an average of 8 months for the provincial nomination to come through, after which you have to wait another 4 – 6 months for the Express Entry to give you your Permanent Resident Visa.
And that is if you have all the requirements (which change frequently) requested by the province, some of which can only be possible if you already lived in Canada.
#2. You also need IELTS or similar exams certificate for the Provincial Nominee pathway, so, this is not also the Canadian relocation route we are looking for.
Seeing the above 2, the chances for a lot of us are limited which leaves us with the most complete relocation path that seeks to qualify us for permanent residence in Canada without the bottleneck of Age limitation, Canadian work experience, and having an IELTS test score of 7, and more.
When all chips are down, the big question is, how can I still relocate to Canada without IELTS or TOELF, Proof of funds, SSCE or OND, and with no relative in Canada?
The answer boils down to a route that will qualify you for the Canadian experience, and that is “the Study/Education route to Canada“.
Read down – as you will GET 2 Solid recommendations to Relocate to Canada with Your Family Within 8 Months and Save as Much as N2m in the Process.
Going on, another option is the Work Experience route to Canada.
Relocation to Canada from Africa with the Work Experience route
How the work experience route works is by getting a company in Canada that will hire you. From there they process your work permit from their end – which makes your relocation journey swift.
However, the big deal with this relocation route is #1. Getting a company in Canada that will hire you while still in Nigeria or any part of Africa.
#2. Having a special skill that any other Canadian cannot fill in (unless in some special cases) before you can be hired from your own country.
#3. You must pass through LMIA.
#4. You must meet the requirements of the particular province in Canada.
So, we can say that being hired in Canada while still in your home country will happen 1 in every 5,000 people or more.
Nonetheless, you are free to try this route because you can get hired here in Nigeria. Some job sites to apply for are Jooble, LinkedIn jobs, Google, etc.
In conclusion, while immigration to Canada from Africa with the Work Experience route looks like a fairy tale, nothing stops you from trying it out. Who knows, you might be picked if only you have a special skill + a good structured CV.
You can further check the eligibility to apply for the Canadian experience class here.
And now to the cheapest way to relocate to Canada from Africa – the Study Path.
In a normal sense, you can say that the Study Relocation path is the route that doesn’t discriminate your chances of relocating to Canada from Nigeria, Africa, or any part of the world.
According to the IRCC data, the number of new study permits for Nigeria increased by 30.3 percent to 13,745 from 10,550 in 2020, making it the ninth most popular source country for international students.
How To Migrate To Canada Easily
The secret to Canada PR is that it is much easier to become a permanent resident of Canada if you already lived in Canada.
With this approach, you will have had the core Canadian experiences which qualify you for PR, right?
So, the Study Relocation path seeks to qualify you for the Canadian Experience while you reap all the benefits that come with it.
A Presentation of How the Study Visa Route Works
Step 1. You choose a Canadian School and Program in a province of your choice.
Step 2. You apply to the University/College depending on your CGPA plus school requirements.
Step 3. You get an offer letter and head on to Apply for a Study Visa.
Step 4. You arrive in Canada to study and get your Study Permit.
Step 5. You graduate and apply for Permanent Residence in Canada based on the province of choice.
Why is the Study Visa Relocation Pathway the Best for you?
#1. The Study Visa is the highest administration rate pathway to Canada today (undergraduate to Ph.D.).
#2. Most routes are inconsistent – for instance, relocation paths like EE, PNP, and others were paused for people outside of Canada, and guess what? The point system takes into consideration your age, language, IELTS, and more, which makes them very competitive.
#3. Does not need IELTS as far as you studied in English.
#4. Your age does not matter.
#5. Your Spouse/Family can join you. And guess what? Your husband or wife will get the Spousal Open Work Permit – to work anywhere in Canada.
And your children get work or study visit Visas based on their age.
#6. You get the Canadian Work Experience – imagine getting the top 2 requirements others sweat to get in the EE, PNP, or other relocation programs.
#7. No agents are required. You do everything, plus the support you need to scale through.
How to Migrate to Canada from Nigeria without IELTS
Here are the basic steps you need to take to successfully relocate to Canada via the Study route.
Step 1. Be Serious and believe in the Relocation process
I wouldn’t like to tell you stories here about how dreams do come to pass because I’ve been there.
All I can say is that you need to be serious in your application process and believe that you will successfully relocate to Canada.
See, the golden moment about all these is that when you’re on board with your visa at hand, you are gone.
And I promise you that you won’t remember all the pains you took to get to Canada.
To start with, you might not recover from the experience of Canada as compared to what you have in your country.
That is why you need to believe in the process and pursue it.
Step 2. Apply for International Passport
Since you’ve already decided that you are relocating you need to apply for an International passport fast to get it early.
In Nigeria, after being captured, you can expect to get it at the exact collection date, 1 month after, or even 2 months’ time (depending on the immigration office).
So, I recommend you apply for it before the other steps.
For the 36-page passport, (as of January 2021) you will pay N25,000 online or N26,000 – offline.
Do confirm the latest price from the Immigration office.
Step 3. Get Educational Documents
While you check out schools that suit your educational qualifications, you want to get related documents ready.
First off, get an IELTS waiver from your school.
Alternatively, communicate with the Canadian school that you were taught in English.
For Nigerians, you are qualified for an IELTS waiver – in most Canadian Universities and colleges.
Nevertheless, in case the school you prefer to study in Canada asks for proof of “studying in English”, you can use a free proficiency certificate gotten from a Nigerian institution. Here is one I got and used.
But for our other African brothers whose official language is not English, unfortunately, you will need to write the IELTS exams.
Going on, you will need to get your official degree certificate (SSCE, OND, BSC, or whatever it is), and your educational transcript.
Step 4. Check out for a list of Scholarships & Apply
Depending on your educational qualifications, check out the Canadian Universities and colleges that offer scholarships and apply.’
For Second Class Lower Degrees, Third class, and Pass Students, you only apply to Colleges, while those with 2nd class upper and first-class apply for Universities.
Be it as it may, you can always find out from the particular university if you can apply as a second-class lower graduate.
Step 4B. In case you don’t want to waste time on Scholarships and full funding options, that is:
#1. If you have a sponsor or,
#2. If you will source for the funds (proof of funds) from organizations offering such services, then just check out a particular Canadian school that fits your requirements, and then APPLY to get started.
Step 5. Write your Motivational Letter
Otherwise known as a Statement of Purpose, you want to draft out why you want to study in the prospective Canadian school.
Statement of Purpose provides the admissions committee with information that lets them know who you are; what you want to study at graduate school and why.
Going further, you will state your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.
Step 6. Prepare your CV for Studies
Like your Statement of purpose, this should be written carefully and professionally.
With your CV, a complete profile of your academic achievements, publications, and scholarly interests, as well as skills developed through academic degrees and related teaching or research experience are captured (if any).
Step 7. Get an Offer & Acceptance Letter from a Canadian School
All the above was to qualify you to get an offer letter from a Canadian School. An offer letter is just like a pre-offer letter, indicating that a space is available for them in the specific program they applied to.
However, you must meet certain conditions defined by the school, such as required minimum grade averages and submitting final transcripts, before a final offer, known as a letter of acceptance, will be issued.
An Acceptance Letter in Canada is just like Admission Letter in Nigeria.
Talking of Acceptance Letter, this is a document from a Canadian school indicating that you have been accepted to a program.
As soon as you receive your letter of acceptance, there are no additional requirements.
The LoA document is recognized by the Canadian government and contains the information required to apply for a study permit.
All in all, without getting an Offer Letter and then an Acceptance Letter from a Canadian School, there is no Study Visa and Study Permit.
Step 8. Apply for Study Permit
A student visa allows (you) a foreign student to enter Canada as a student.
In perspective, the Canadian study permit is issued at the Canadian Border by a Border Officer, this is the document that allows you to work and study in Canada throughout your stay.
It is a mandatory immigration document for all those who want to study in Canada i.e. international students.
With other steps done, you go on to apply for a study permit at the Canadian Immigration website.
Step 9. Apply for Study Visa
A Study Visa is a document issued by the Canadian immigration authorities that serves as permission for foreign students to study in Canada.
In perspective, the Study Visa is the stamp posted on your passport by the Canadian Embassy which allows you to enter Canada on the basis of your plans to study there.
The above are the core steps to successfully applying and relocating to Canada even without IELTS or TOEFL exams.
The next step might be to apply for Spousal Work Permit – if you are married.
As an international student studying a full-time course with a valid study permit, your spouse would be able to apply for the open work permit.
The Spousal Work Permit empowers your spouse or partner to work full-time on or off-campus while you study.
Here is a VIDEO Lesson on the New System to Relocate to Canada
The Uniqueness of Canadian Immigration
It might interest you to know that Canada has been a land of immigrants since the first European colonizers of the 16th century, a trend that continues today.
As we speak, the annual immigration in Canada amounts to around 300,000 new immigrants – one of the highest rates per population of any country in the world.
Even as of 2019, there were just under eight million immigrants with permanent residents living in Canada – roughly 21.5 percent of the total Canadian population.
Look at this.
“Canada has increased the number of yearly new immigrant targets to: -2022: 431,645 permanent residents -2023: 447,055 permanent residents -2024: 451,000 permanent residents Interesting” – according to the cicnews.
So, I ask you again. Are you ready to get started with your Canadian immigration?
If yes, go on to get started.
As one person said. It is not easy to leave Nigeria, and not also easy to stay. So, you want to choose your own “EASY”. 🙁
Like I stated before now, when you successfully relocate, you won’t remember all the pains you went through in the application steps cause you will get your refund when you work there while schooling, etc
Evidence that the Study Permit certifies relocating to Canada without IELTS
Data about the study permits shows that a large percentage of people all over the world use this route to relocate themselves and their entire families to Canada.
For instance, in 2018, thepienews records it that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada statistics showed that 404,165 individuals were issued study permits in 2019, an increase of almost 50,000 on the previous year.
In 2018, 355,100 new study permits were issued.
The statistics reveal that 139,740 Indian students were issued study permits in 2019 – up from 107,175 in 2018 – and Indian citizens represent 35% of all 2019 new study permits.
Iran (+39% to 9,795), Nigeria (+16% to 7,585), France (+9% to 14,670) all showed increases of study permits becoming effective in 2019, compared with 2018.
See the chart for 2018.
And the statistics from 2015-2019
Source – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; CIC News.
The Study permits by provinces
As scary as it might sound, Canada remains the world’s third-leading destination of international students, with a staggering 642,000 foreign students.
And the good news is that this is not going to stop anytime soon. See below.
Canada’s Next Permanent Resident Immigration Levels Plan
According to the annual Immigration Levels Plan which determines how many permanent residents Canada aims to admit over the course of a calendar year, every year, the IRCC has presented a rolling multi-year (3 years) Immigration Levels Plan for admissions every year since 2017.
The plan is developed in consultation with provinces and territories, stakeholder organizations, and the public.
The selection of applicants is categorized based on economic contributions; family reunification; or support for refugees, protected persons, and humanitarian and compassionate needs.
The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan has been developed considering the evolving situation of COVID-19 and its implications for permanent resident admissions.
Source – canada.ca
So, if you are willing to relocate to Canada without IELTS, this is the time, most especially during this COVID-19 period which has seen some requirements cut short.
Popular African Countries Seeking Migration to Canada
Canadian immigration has always been one of the hottest topics in the world.
Even when we last compared the USA and Australian immigration to Canada, Canada stood out as the most searched immigration country. See the image below.
Going on, if you are from Nigeria seeking relocation to Canada, one thing you need to know is that you are not the only one seeking to move.
In fact, in the last 12 months, other African countries like Cameroon, Togo, and Congo Brazzaville outrank Nigeria in the search for Canadian immigration. See below.
And lastly, according to Statista, there were over 280,000 people that left their countries for Canada in 2020, with most Nigerians included.
So, the big question now IS NOT, “is it possible to relocate to Canada without IELTS “because it is.
The big one rather is, are you ready to take action and apply like other Africans and relocate?
A few reasons why Canada is the go-to relocation country.
To start with, between 2017 and 2018, net immigration accounted for 80% of Canada’s population increase, with the remaining 20% accounted for through natural increase.
Canada’s population growth between 2018 and 2019, at 1.4%, was the highest rate of growth among G7 nations.
This increase (over 531,000 people) was overwhelmingly driven (82%) by the arrival of immigrants and non-permanent residents.
- Immigrants and temporary foreign workers are allowed to fill the gaps in Canada’s labor force and help employers respond to vacancies in various sectors.
That is to say, approximately, 1 in 4 workers (26%) in Canada are immigrants.
- As of 2016, there were 600,000 self-employed immigrants employing over 260,000 Canadians.
- In a 2018 survey, 9% of small business owners reported hiring temporary workers to address job vacancies in the prior 12 months period.
- In 2019, the labor market participation rates of very recent immigrants were 71% and recent immigrants were 76%.
To see more strides by immigrants in Canada, download a free document here.
Let’s go on to answer some fundamental questions about the unique study approach to Canadian PR.
How Do I Migrate To Canada from Nigeria without IELTS or TOEFL exams?
As already stated, the only viable means to getting PR in Canada is first of all getting hold of the Canadian experience, and fortunately, the most excellent route to make this happen without IELTS is the Study/Educational Relocation Route.
Here is a list of fundamental steps you need to take.
- Know your qualifications. This helps you apply for the best-fit schools in Canada.
- Get your international passport ready – Currently, an international passport is about N26,000 for the 32-page type and about N35,000+ for the 64 pages.
For instant collection, the 32-page passport is about N42,000.
- Get your educational documents ready. Process your educational transcript, get your school certificates, and your English language waiver.
- Search and apply for scholarships – the next step of action is searching for schools that fit your educational credentials and applying the same.
- SOP – start drafting your statement of purpose.
- Application Response – Wait for the application response.
- Study Permit – go ahead and apply for a study permit.
- Work Permit – go ahead and apply for a work permit along with your study permit.
Additionally, as an international student who is studying a full-time course with a valid study permit, your dependent partner or Spouse would be able to apply for an open work permit.
SOWP empowers your spouse or common-law partner to work full-time on or off campus while you study.
The above are the core overviews of the process and other application steps you will get along with the results of each process.
Why the Study Approach to Canadian PR is Hot?
- It is not age-dependent, unlike the Federal Express Entry Direct approach, whether you are 18 years or 50 years, you can use this study approach without any limitation.
- Work experience is not a limiting factor in the study approach since you can work up to 20 hours a week.
During your program, your spouse will have an open work permit that allows her to work and build up the Canadian experience you both need for higher CRS points when you are ready to apply for permanent residency.
- Your children, if you have, can also continue their studies in Canada without the need for their own study permit. And lots more.
Listen up. I know that not everyone can process their relocation Japa dream on their own. For some, they may need someone to ask questions, and concerns such as the following:
- How to Raise Money for your Relocation to Canada Pathway to Canadian Work Permit
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- How to go about the process of applying for a visit visa and how to overcome the issue of visa denial by the embassy, and more.
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FAQs about Relocation to Canada without IELTS
1. Question – Can I relocate to Canada without IELTS & passport?
As already stated, relocation without IELTS is possible but you can’t do that WITHOUT a passport.
Even a sailor needs an international passport, talk less of migrating out of Nigeria/any country.
So, you need an International Passport to successfully complete your relocation requirements.
2. Can I get a job in Canada without IELTS?
Yes, you can. And that is via the Educational/Study relocation route.
3. Can I get admission in Canada without IELTS
Yes, you can via the Educational/Study relocation route since there are schools that meet each person’s requirements as far as a secondary or high school certificate was obtained.
4. Can I get a Canadian student visa without IELTS?
Yes, you can via the Educational/Study relocation route.
A Final Note on the guide on how to relocate to Canada without IELTS
Canada is no doubt one of the best and safest countries to live in the world.
With such a large country size and vast economy, immigrants are called upon to move in to fill and also grow the economy more.
One of the good news about Canada is that, with lesser or not much-heard racism, any citizen of a country can be self-employed as far as they can add to the economic situation and well-being of the country.
Considering the relocation path to getting a permanent residence, the easiest way to it is “getting the Canadian experience”; which can only be effected via the Study relocation path if you are seeking possible ways to relocate to Canada without IELTS.
Overall, the relocation process is simple and straight to the point without spending time and hundreds of thousands on agents, why?
All the information you need is available and accessible to you.
Nonetheless, if you need a proper guide to avoid all forms of errors and denials in your application process, then check out “The No Hassle Naija to Canada Japa System or
All in all, that is how to relocate to Canada without IELTS or TOEFL exams.
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