How To Get A Job In Canada From Nigeria (2022)

In this article, we shall be discussing on how to get a job in Canada from Nigeria this 2022. If you want to travel to Canada for work purposes from Nigeria, we will show you in details the processes involved. Canada is located in the continent of North America, and it is the northern neighbour of the United States. Many people in Nigeria and around the world have taken a liking to migrating to this beautiful country either for vacation, tourism, schooling or for other reasons because of the appeal Canada has as a developed country with a working system.

How To Get A Job In Canada From Nigeria

Nigerians are known to travel far and near and there is literally no country on earth that you won’t find Nigerians. We are industrious people and have stood out in the things we set out to do in different sectors be it in science, medicine, engineering, sports, etc. This is why Nigerian talent will always be sort after no matter where we find ourselves, and Canada is one of such places where Nigerian expertise is highly welcomed. If you are looking to migrate to Canada as a Nigerian living in Nigeria, it will interest you to know that the processes involved are not as difficult as many people imagine. At the end of this article, you will understand that this is true. Kindly continue reading.

The first thing to do if you want to emigrate to Canada from Nigeria for work is to send a letter of application to a potential employer. Also, you can opt to contact a citizen of Canada who trusts and can vouch for you to sponsor your Canadian work visa. Once this is done and your visa has been taken care of, you can proceed to obtain a work permit from the Embassy of Canada in Nigeria. Your work permit is very important the moment you secure employment in Canada as without it, you will not be allowed to work in that country. Your employer will bear the cost of your travel from Nigeria to Canada once they have confirmed you as their employee.

You can also opt to apply for Work in Canada from Nigeria by applying for a visitor’s visa. With this type of visa, once you have landed in Canada as a visitor, you can then determinedly start looking for jobs but getting a job via this route can be very daunting. Your best bet still remains to apply for employment in Canada while you are still in Nigeria.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORK PERMIT IN CANADA

There are different types of work permits in Canada and we shall look at each one of them briefly. They are:

WORK PERMITS BASED ON LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT (LMIA)

If you are looking for work in Canada as a Nigerian based in Nigeria, you must complete the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), after which you will be given a work permit on the condition that you must have demonstrated that you are very competent.

EXEMPTIONS FROM THE LMIA

This particular Canadian work permit is given to people who have valid reasons for being granted a work permit without having to go through the LMIA evaluation process.

WORK PERMITS UNDER THE NAFTA

Foreigners entering into Canada who are covered by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) can apply for this type of work permit, bypassing the LMIA process. If you are eligible for this work permit, you can be employed.

TRANSFERS WITHIN THE COMPANY

If you are a worker of a company here in Nigeria which has a branch in Canada, you can be transferred to Canada by your company to continue your work there without having to undergo a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

VISITORS FROM THE BUSINESS WORLD 

As a business investor from Nigeria, you can travel to Canada and stay as long as you want without the need for a work visa as long as you do not compete for jobs while you are there.

WORK PERMITS FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS 

This particular work permit is for foreign graduates who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution. Meaning that if you are a Nigerian and you have graduated from a Canadian university, you have the option of working in Canada for up to three years.

HOW TO APPLY FOR JOBS IN CANADA FROM NIGERIA 2022 

The following are the various ways on how you can apply for jobs in Canada from Nigeria this 2022:

CANADA EXPRESS ENTRY

As a Nigerian living in Nigeria, you can apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Canada Express Entry. Through this system, Canada selects competent individuals for permanent residency from an online pool of candidates. Express Entry is so called because permanent residency applications are processed in a six months, which is super fast for a process of this magnitude.

Candidates in the Canada Express Entry pool are evaluated through the Comprehensive Ranking Approach, which is a point-based system used to score the candidates based on their age, work experience, education, and the qualifications of their spouses. Top scoring individuals in bi-weekly lotteries get Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada. If you as a Nigerian get an Invitation To Apply (ITA), you can then proceed to apply permanent residency in Canada.

PROCESSES INVOLVED IN THE CANADA EXPRESS ENTRY

  • Visit cic.gc.ca to know more
  • Once you have arrived the landing page of the website, you can then proceed to register by clicking on the register button
  • Provide comprehensive information about yourself such as your nationality, skills, work experience, language proficiency, education, to mention but a few.

Keep applying for job positions and check your emails regularly for responses from the Canada Express Entry. You will be admitted into a pool of candidates if you meet the requirements of one of the federal immigration programmes. Please note that simply being accepted into the Express Entry pool does not guarantee that you will get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency as a candidate. You as a candidate must be eligible according to Canada’s immigration laws as well as the conditions for your admission.

PROGRAMME FOR SKILLED WORKERS ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL 

For skilled workers, points are awarded to eligible individuals based on their achievements in the following areas:

  • Educational Qualifications Level (a total of 25 points are awarded for this)
  • The eloquence of oral and written language abilities (English and French are the languages considered, and a total of 28 points are awarded for this)
  • Working experience or exposure (a total score between 9 and 15 points are awarded for this)
  • Age (young and prospective immigrants between the ages of 18-35 are awarded a total of 12 points while points are lowered for those over 35 years of age)
  • Adaptability to the climatic, social, and cultural conditions of Canada (A maximum point of 10 are awarded for this).

The possibility of securing a job in Canada is also assessed. Applicants are required to score at least 67 points out of a potential 100 points in order to be eligible for a visa to enter Canada through this route.

PROGRAMME FOR SKILLED TRADES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL 

Eligible people are awarded points depending on their achievement in the following areas:

  • Occupational skill level (a total of 25 points is awarded for this)
  • The eloquence of oral and written language abilities (English and French are the languages considered and a total of 28 points are awarded for this)
  • Work experience or exposure (between 9-15 points are awarded for this)
  • Age (young and prospective immigrants between the ages of 18-35 are awarded a total of 12 points while points are lowered for those over 35 years of age)
  • Adaptability to the climatic, social, and cultural conditions of Canada (A maximum point of 10 are awarded for this)

The possibility of securing a job in Canada is also assessed. Applicants are required to score at least 67 points out of a potential 100 points in order to be eligible for a visa to enter Canada through this route. If you have been offered a job, you are required to complete a successful interview with your potential Canadian employer. It is very necessary that the you investigate the local policy of the catchment area where your employment was provided to be sure of the particular work permit for foreigners.

DIFFERENT WAYS OF FINDING JOBS IN CANADA FROM NIGERIA 

The following are the different ways by which you can find a job in Canada from Nigeria:

WEBSITES

If you are looking for a job in Canada from Nigeria, visiting trusted websites such as Monster, Indeed, and Workopolis can give you insights on the particular jobs you need across a wide range of sectors. They post job openings that that any serious minded person from Nigeria who wishes to migrate to Canada can look up.

JOB BANK

Job Bank is a very popular employment website in Canada. It is like Jobberman or any of the best job websites in Nigeria posting employment opportunities in Canada that you as a Nigerian can look up and apply if you are interested.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media platforms like Linkedin, Jobster, Plaxo, etc., are very popular sites that you can quickly apply to jobs from as these sites are targeted at professionals whose CVs are always updated with an eye for employment. If you are in Nigeria looking for a job in Canada, your opportunity may come from these social sites. Be on the lookout.

GUIDE ON HOW TO OBTAIN A WORK PERMIT IN CANADA 

Anyone who wants to work in Canada requires a temporary work permit to do so. If you are a Nigerian living in Nigeria, this process may take up to sixteen weeks and you can upload virtually all of the required documents to the Canadian Government’s website. That said, the following are the various steps by which you can obtain a work permit in Canada:

JOB OFFER IN WRITING

The first piece of paperwork required for your work permit application process in Canada is a documented work offer which your Canadian employer provides you, outlining the details of your job position. These details include the following:

  • Salary, bonuses, and deductions
  • List of tasks
  • Working conditions of at least 30 hours a week.

LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT (LMIA)

Your Canadian employer is responsible for this. This document allows Canadian employers to recruit workers on a temporary basis. The potential employer does this by filing a request to the Employers Portal, which will evaluate the impact of employing a temporary employee on the labour market. Once this is done, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will undertake an analysis and notify the employer of the confirmation or rejection. The LMIA is valid through a set period of time, which corresponds to the duration of the work visa. When an employer receives permission, they must provide you, the employee with a copy of the LMIA.

ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION 

Eligibility verification involves you submitting documents such as a curriculum vitae (CV) or a résumé as well as your school documents to show your professional experience and your academic qualifications. This is necessary so that the employee can determine if their potential employee is suitable for the job.

PROOF OF IDENTITY

Proof of identity means you will have to provide documents such as your international passport and any other supporting documents to prove that you are actually the one applying for the job in Canada. You will be given a proof of identification certificate upon confirming that you’re actually the applicant for the job and this will serve as an assurance that you will not permanently remain in the country and will return to Nigeria at the end of your contract.

CONCLUSION

Please bear in mind that you may be denied a work permit if you fail to produce the necessary documents or you make some errors in filling out your application but you can apply again and it will cost you money. To avoid this, kindly provide all the necessary documents and fill out your application very carefully. Also, many Canadian employers are on the lookout for temporary labour because of their cost effectiveness; they will also pay your agency services. With that in mind, if an agency requests money from you, you are advised to tread with caution so that you don’t get swindled of your hard earned money.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and the Editor-in-Chief at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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