Immigrate to Canada from South Africa

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How to immigrate to Canada from South Africa

With South Africans emigrating in record numbers, Canada is the surprising new destination for many South Africans. Canada allows South African with no connections to Canada and no job offer to apply for Permanent Residency based on a variety of other factors such as age, education, language abilities in English or French, and skilled work experience. While not everyone will be able to immigrate to Canada, there are many options available for those who are interested.

Available programs to immigrate to Canada

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What is the cost of immigrating to Canada

The actual cost of immigrating to Canada is separate from the amount of settlement funds that an applicant may require as part of their application. If you are immigrating to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker for example, you would require both settlement funds and the amounts listed below. The below amounts include government fees and all application related fees, but excludes any other third-party fees such as moving costs or airline tickets. The below are estimations and can vary.

For each additional family member: R 54,436

Moving to Canada

What to sort out in South Africa before you immigrate

Quick Steps

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Cancel local accounts and contracts such as cellphones, home insurance, gym memberships, medical insurance

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Make a list of any goods you will be brining with you to Canada

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Arrange a moving company

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Arrange a place to stay on arrival

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Plan your financial move

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Arrange travel insurance for your first 90 days in Canada

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Obtain any required prescriptions

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Obtain your driving record and insurance history / statement

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What to sort out in Canada once you arrive

Quick Steps

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Obtain your social insurance number

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Open a bank account

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Convert your driver’s license

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Get a cell phone

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Look for a job

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Look for permanent housing

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How to become a Canadian Citizen

To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
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Be a permanent resident

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Have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years

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Have filed your taxes, if and when you need to

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Pass a test on your rights, responsibilities and knowledge of Canada

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Prove your language skills

Additional or different requirements apply under certain circumstances.

How to immigrate to Canada without a job offer

Unlike some foreign countries, you do not need a job offer to immigrate to Canada. There are programs available for you that allow you to apply for permanent residency in Canada without securing employment beforehand. Listen to our podcast below to learn more.

Common FAQs

What is the fastest way to get permanent residency in Canada?

Unless you are the spouse or dependent child of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident who is over 18, the fastest way to immigrate to Canada is via the Express Entry system

What kind of skilled workers are needed in Canada?

Canada does not have a set list of specific occupations that they are looking for. They are looking for those with experience in management positions, occupations usually requiring university education and occupations that usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training. 

Which is the easiest province to immigrate to in Canada?

Currently Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are the easiest Provinces to immigrate to as they do not require a job offer. They each have their own requirements which you can read here.

Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Process

The simplified process of applying to immigrate to Canada is outlined below. If your application is approved you are then granted Permanent Resident status in Canada. After living in Canada for three years within a five year period as a Permanent Resident, you may qualify to apply for Canadian Citizenship.

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Gather your supporting documents

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Submit your profile and wait to be selected (if applying through express entry)

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Wait for your application to be assessed and hopefully, approved

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Obtain your immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residency document (COPR) and immigrate to Canada!

Gather your supporting documents

Submit your profile and wait to be selected (if applying through express entry)

Wait for your application to be assessed and hopefully, approved

Obtain your immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residency document (COPR) and immigrate to Canada!

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Submit your profile and wait to be selected (if applying through express entry)
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Wait for your application to be assessed and hopefully, approved
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Obtain your immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residency document (COPR) and immigrate to Canada!

Getting Started

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Complete our free assessment here to have our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant evaluate whether you would be eligible to immigrate to Canada at this time.

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Click on one of the available Canadian immigration programs below to find out the full requirements.

The Express Entry system is a file management system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for certain immigration applications. The Express Entry . . .system is used by anyone seeking to immigrate to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Tradesperson, member of the Canadian Experience Class or certain Provincial Nominee programs. If you do not meet the requirements of one of those four programs, you will not be eligible to use the Express Entry system.

For those individuals who may need additional points for the Express Entry System, Provincial Nominations can add 600 points to their score. Most Provincial programs require a job offer . . . , while some will select individuals without a job offer if their skills are in demand in that specific Province or if their Comprehensive Ranking System score is high enough.

The Canadian Experience Class is for those who have previously worked in Canada, on a valid work permit, in a skilled occupation for one year or longer on a full-time paid basis in the past . . . three years and are proficient in English or French.

The Federal Skilled Trades program requires applicants to either have a full-time paid job offer in their skilled trade in Canada or they need to physically travel to Canada to write a . . . Canadian Red Seal examination before they would be eligible to apply under this program. This program also uses the Express Entry system and would require applicants to be proficient in English or French.

The first, and most popular option for those looking to immigrate to Canada is the Federal Skilled Worker program which uses the Express Entry System. This program . . . is designed for those who have at least one year of full-time paid work experience in any country in the world and can score high enough on the Federal Skilled Worker points system. The points system looks at age, completed education, language abilities in English and French, full-time paid work experience and previous work or study experience in Canada, or if you have any direct relatives living in Canada. This program does not require a job offer.

For those who have an entrepreneurial background and are looking to start a business in Canada or purchase an existing business in Canada, there is a large variety of programs . . . available depending on the type of business you want to open or purchase. Some programs require you to have a substantial personal net worth and invest a minimum of $200,000 or more into a business, while others have no financial requirements and focus more on your business plan and whether or not you have the finances available to support your business plan. With most of these options, you would first, be issued with a temporary work permit, and then if your business was successful, you would be able to transition to permanent residency. These programs would also be used by anyone looking to own and operate a farm in Canada.

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