Work In Canada

How to Get a Canadian Work Visa from Nigeria


We previously explained how you can immigrate to Canada from Nigeria. Now we take a look at what it takes to work in Canada as a temporary foreign worker. With over a million new jobs added to the Canadian economy in 2021 and thousands of occupations in demand across the country, it is clear that Canada is best positioned to welcome more foreign workers during this time. In fact, Canada is currently accepting and processing work visa applications and prioritizing essential workers, such as nurses and agricultural workers.

In 2019, approximately 12,595 Nigerians obtained permanent residence in Canada through various visa programs. You can apply for a Canadian work visa in Nigeria if you meet the visa requirements of a work permit program. Learn more below.

3 Steps to Work in Canada from Nigeria

Step 1: Find a Job in Canada

You will need a valid job offer in Canada before you can apply for a work visa. Finding a job in Canada from Nigeria is possible as the country has many skills and a labor shortage due to the aging population. One in four Canadians is currently retiring, leaving many vacancies that employers can only fill with the help of foreign workers.

NOTE: The type of job offer you get in Canada will depend on the type of Canadian work visa you are eligible for. For example, if you have a job offer as a farmworker, you can get an employer-specific work permit by applying through the Agricultural Worker Program of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

In another example, if you have a job offer in a highly skilled technology position, you could qualify for a work visa through Global Talent Stream and receive 2 weeks of visa processing.Advertisements

Take a look at the 15 best jobs in Canada, according to Randstad.

Top 15 Jobs in Canada in 2021
OccupationAverage Annual Salary in CAD (Source: Neuvoo)
1.Administrative assistant$43, 875
2.Customer service representative$34, 125
3.Sales associate$37, 050
4.Driver$44, 234
5.Accounts payable and receivable clerk$34, 750
6.Registered nurse$80, 126
7.Project manager$90, 675
8.General labourer$31, 919
9.Welder$43, 875
10.Electric engineer$74, 997
11.Software developer$85, 600
12.Merchandiser$31, 346
13.Accountant$58, 500
14.HR manager$78, 975
15.Financial advisor$77, 739

Can I work in Canada without a job offer?

Yes, in very specific circumstances you may be able to apply for a Canada work visa without a job offer. For example, if you study in Canada and earn a Canadian degree, you may be able to apply for a Graduate Work Permit (PTPD) without a job offer. This will allow you to stay and gain valuable Canadian work experience that could lead to a permanent future in the country.

Step 2: Get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Your job offer in Canada may well need to be supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA); otherwise, it will not be considered valid when you apply for a Nigerian Canadian work visa. Indeed, most work permit programs that allow foreigners to live and work in Canada on a temporary basis generally require an LMIA.

What is an LMIA?

An LMIA is a document issued to Canadian employers who need to hire foreign workers because they could not find someone to fill the position locally. This means that you can only get an LMIA from the employer in Canada who wants to hire you. You need a copy of the LMIA document when you submit your work visa application.

Who doesn’t need an LMIA?

Nigerian temporary foreign workers eligible for an International Mobility Program (IMP) work permit program do not need LMIA documents. For example, if you are a transferee business, you may be eligible for an LMIA-exempt work visa under the IMP. Certain essential professions in Canada are also exempt from this requirement, such as health professionals.

Step 3: Work Towards a Permanent Future in Canada With Pilot Programs

A unique way to work in Canada from Nigeria is to apply for your work visa through one of two incredible Canadian immigration pilot programs designed specifically for agricultural workers and caregivers abroad. There is a constant demand for workers in these fields, so finding a job will not be that difficult. In addition, your work experience gained in Canada will help you and your family to settle permanently in the country.

How it works: When you apply for your work visa, you will also apply for permanent residence at the same time. Once you have reached the required working hours in Canada, your application for permanent residence will be processed. Find out more below!

Immigration Pilot Programs

  • The Agri-Food Pilot; and
  • The Home Care Provider Pilots

How much does a Canadian Work Visa cost?

You must pay an application processing fee when you submit your work permit application. You will receive a work permit and a visa to enter Canada when you first apply. Your dependent family members may be able to join you in Canada.

Canadian Work Visa Application Fees
Visa TypeCost
Work permit$155 per person
Work permit extension$155 per person
Open work permit$100 per person

Live and Work in Canada as a Permanent Resident

Sometimes it is easier to apply to work and live in Canada through an immigration program rather than trying to get a Nigerian work visa. This is especially true if there is not a high demand for your profession and you cannot get a job offer supported by LMIA. The second best option is to apply through the Express Entry immigration system which does not require a valid job offer.

Enter the Nigeria Express Entry raffle
You can apply for permanent residence in Canada from Nigeria through the popular Express Entry system designed for skilled foreign workers. The Express Entry system selects eligible applicants for permanent residence from an online pool of applicants. It is aptly called Express Entry because the system processes permanent residence applications in a record six months.

Applicants in the Express Entry pool are scored using a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Each candidate is assigned a score for eligibility criteria, such as age, professional experience, level of education, spouse’s diplomas, etc. The highest scoring applicants receive invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in the form of bimonthly draws. . If you receive an ITA, you can apply to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident.

Who is considered a skilled foreign worker? Find out below.

Skilled Work Experience for Express Entry
Skill level/typeExample jobs
Skill type 0Management jobs; human resource managers, etc
Skill level AProfessional jobs; accountants, marketing professionals, etc
Skill Level BTechnical jobs and skilled trades: plumber, event planners, etc

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