Immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia – Updated Guidelines

There are 100 different immigration programs through which citizens and ex-pats of Saudi Arabia can immigrate to Canada. People may want to immigrate from Saudi Arabia to Canada for various reasons. For example, as an international student to attain Canada’s World-class education, to get North American work experience or just to improve your lifestyle and earning in general.

Perfect time to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia

In November 2020, the Canadian government released a Fall Economic Statement according to which, disruptions and application delays in the immigration process due to the global coronavirus pandemic have greatly affected Canada’s economy. The Canadian government plans to recover the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing the immigration levels in Canada. As a result, Canada plans to welcome 1.2 million more immigrants in the country between 2021 and 2023. Out of these, 401,000 immigrants are expected to arrive in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023. So the best time to immigrate from Saudi Arabia to Canada is right now.

From temporary worker to permanent resident

The candidates who don’t qualify immediately for permanent residence may move to Canada as temporary citizens. They may later apply for permanent residence again based on the time they’ve spent in Canada and the working experience they’ve attained.

Pathways to immigrate to Canada from Ghana

There are many programs offered to candidates who intend to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia but the most popular ones will be discussed here.

1. Skilled Worker path

The most popular pathway of immigrating to Canada as a skilled worker in through Canada’s federal Express Entry system. You must first qualify any of the three Express Entry system’s classes Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. The first step is to submit your Express Entry profile after that your name will be entered in the Express Entry pool where candidates are ranked according to their points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which is determined by their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French

2. Student Visa path

If you wish to obtain an education in Canada, then you may get accepted into Designated Learning Institute (DLI) such as a Canadian college or university. After that, you’ll have to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES Canada) and World Education Services (WES). Then you may apply for a student visa and arrive in Canada as an international student.

3. Family Sponsorship path

If your family lives in Canada as permanent residents or citizens and they wish to sponsor you then programs such as the federal Family Class program and the family streams of the Provincial Nominee Program will be the recommended immigration programs for you.

4. Provincial Nominee Programs

The second most popular pathway to enter Canada in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Through this program, the provincial governments are allowed to nominate candidates according to their own Economic shortages. Candidates who have received a Provincial Nomination Certificate (PNC) get additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System of Express Entry system.

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

The candidates who have previous experience of working in Canada as an international student or a temporary resident may apply through Canadian Experience Class and Quebec Experience Class programs.

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

There are special immigration programs for candidates who are willing to start or buy a business in Canada such as Canada Start-up Visa Program and Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

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

Business owners and candidates with previous experience in Business Management may apply through federal and provincial governments business investor and entrepreneur immigration programs for permanent residence.

Step-by-step guides to immigrate to Canada

Citizens and ex-pats of Saudi Arabia may follow these steps to apply for immigration in Canada:

Step 1 – Decide where you want to Live in Canada

Step 2 – Know the programs you’re eligible for

Step 3 – Pass eligibility requirements chosen program

Step 4 – Gather all Documents

Step 5 – Complete IELTS and TEF Exams

Step 6 – ECA education assessment

Step 7 – Medical Examination

Step 8 – Get a Police Clearance Certificate

Step 9 – Apply for Biometrics

Step 10 – Use a Canadian immigration lawyer

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