Immigrate to Canada from Norway – Updated Guidelines


Do you know that Canada offers more than 100 immigration programs for Norwegian citizens? You may enter Canada as a skilled worker, temporary worker and international student. Norway and Canada share very prosperous diplomatic relations as NATO allies. As per Census 2016, 463,000 Canadians have their ancestors in Norway. Meanwhile, there are around 4000 Canadians who live in Norway.

Perfect time to immigrate to Canada from Norway

In November 2020, the Canadian government released the Fall Economic Statement according to which, Canada’s most important support to its economy, immigrations were disrupted due to travel restrictions and application delays. These disruptions in immigration have affected Canada’s economy. For this reason, in October 2020 Canadian government announced to invite over 1.2 million immigrants by 2023. So if you are a Norwegian citizen willing to move to Canada then the best time to apply is between 2021 and 2023 especially if you are a skilled worker or an international student.

Pathways to immigrate to Canada from Norway

To move to Canada from Norway, you must follow any of these pathways:

1. Skilled Worker path

Federal Express Entry system is the major pathway to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The program itself has 3 class for skilled foreigner workers: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

After determining your eligibility for one of these classes, you must submit your profile in the Express Entry system. Once your application gets approved, your name will be entered in the Express Entry pool where all candidates are assigned a rank according to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Which is calculated through your age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.



2. Student Visa path

You may enter Canada as an international student once you get accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and get your Canadian study permit. For this, you may need to get Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)  done through International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES Canada) and World Education Services (WES).

3. Family Sponsorship path

If you have family members who are citizens of Canada and ready to sponsor you then you may enter Canada through the federal Family Class program or the family streams of the Provincial Nominee Program.


4. Provincial Nominee Programs

Through the Provincial Nomination Program, each province can issue invitations to candidates according to their economic needs. Candidates who receive provincial nomination may get 600 extra points in the Comprehensive Ranking System.

5. Have you previously studied or worked in Canada or doing so now?


Candidates who have previous experience of working in Canada may apply for permanent residence through Canadian Experience Class and Quebec Experience Class programs. This includes any work experience through a temporary work permit or a part-time job as an international student in Canada.

6. Do you have a high net worth or significant financial resources?

If you are willing to start a business, buy a business or invest in Canada then you may apply for immigration through Canada Start-up Visa Program and Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

7. Do you own and/or manage a business?

For Business Owners, Business managers and other business professionals, there are various immigration programs such as federal and provincial governments business investor and entrepreneur immigration programs.

Step-by-step guides to immigrate to Canada

If you wish to immigrate to Canada from Norway, then here’s a step by step guide for you to follow along.

Step 1 – Decide which province do you want to Live in Canada

Step 2 – Know the programs you’re eligible for

Step 3 – Pass eligibility requirements according to your chosen program

Step 4 – Gather all the required Documents

Step 5 – Complete IELTS and TEF Exams

Step 6 – ECA education assessment

Step 7 – Clear Medical Examination

Step 8 – Get a Police Clearance Certificate

Step 9 – Apply for Biometrics

Step 10 – Use a Canada immigration lawyer or agent

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