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How to immigrate to Canada from Ghana

How to immigrate to Canada from Ghana – Ghana is one of the best countries you can find in west Africa but if you are looking for a country with all you ever dreamt of, then you should be considering immigrating to Canada from Ghana. When we speak of “all you ever dreamt of” we are talking about a country with better work opportunities, good education and high-quality living.

There are more than enough options you can consider if you want to move to Canada from Ghana. You just have to pick the right option that suits your personality and needs. Just like we have explained in our previous articles, Canada is a large country with a small population. This simply means that they have enough space to accommodate foreigners from different parts of the world. So, if you are considering a better place for you and your family, then you should be considering immigrating to Canada immediately.

Earlier this year, Canada announced that they will be welcoming 401,000 new permanent residents for 2021.  These slots have been made available to foreigners and there are lots of immigration programs and visa options in place for any foreigner interested in seizing this immigration opportunity.

How to immigrate to Canada from Ghana

Here are different ways you can immigrate to Canada from Ghana:


Express Entry (EE) is a Canada online immigration application system that allows people to submit a profile and be qualified as a skilled immigrant. Candidates with the highest rankings are later invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The express entry program is one of the most preferred and used immigration routes by foreign migrants. Express Entry organizes and processes applications for people who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence. The year 2021 will see 108,000 new invitations to apply.

Under the express entry program, there are three other sub programs which include

  • Federal skilled worker program
  • Federal skilled trades program
  • Canadian experience class

The express entry program is very flexible and available to everyone. Applicants will be selected for permanent residency if they meet with Cumulative ranking system cut off score.

How Does the Express Entry Program Work?

  • The first step is to find out if you qualify for the program
  • You will be required to create an express entry profile
  • You will get your CRS score which is calculated based on your age, work experience, qualifications, language proficiency, job offer and spouse factor.
  • You profile will be entered into the express entry draw every two weeks.
  • Canada government will be releasing the cut offs scores
  • Applicants with higher CRS score will be invited.


The Provincial Nominee Program is a set of different Canadian immigration programs operated by the Government of Canada in partnership with individual provinces, each of which having its own requirements and ‘streams’.

This program is for workers who:

  • have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory
  • want to live in that province, and
  • want to become permanent residents of Canada

Each province and territory have its own immigration programs that target certain groups and their requirements. For example, in a program stream, provinces and territories may target:

  • students
  • business people
  • skilled workers
  • semi-skilled workers

How does the provincial Nominee program work?

If you are interested in immigrating to Canada from Ghana using the provincial nominee program, then you need to choose a province according to where your skill is highly needed and then apply for nomination within the province.

Your application needs to be accepted and this takes between two to nine weeks depending on the province. After acceptance, you will undergo a series of checks which includes, police, medical and security. These checks will take at least six to eight weeks months to complete. Ones your nomination is successful, the provincial nomination program will assist you with a work visa before immigrating to Canada.


One of the popular ways of immigrating to Canada is via the use of study programs. You will be experiencing the first hand quality lifestyle while studying in one of the best universities and colleges. Studying in Canada will expose you to lots of connections from different people and resources all over the world. You also stand a better chance of securing a better job after your studies.

Requirements for a study visa?

Some of the requirements for study visa include:

  • you must be enrolled in a designated institution
  • you must have enough funds for your living expenses and tuition fees
  • must be free from any criminal activity and show clean record
  • you must be in good health
  • you must show interest in leaving Canada after your studies

The interesting thing about study permit is that its valid for the length of your study program plus an additional ninety days. Full time students will be allowed to move in with their partner if they are eligible for a work permit or visitor’s visa. Please note that your partner doesn’t need a job offer before immigrating with you to Canada. They can seek for employment when they arrive Canada.

Can you work with your student permit?

One of the common questions we get from students about study permit is whether they will be allowed to work in Canada with their study permit. The answer to this question is “YES”. You will be allowed to study and work in Canada as this is one of the ways you can get first hand experience in your field. You have the option of working on or off the school campus or working as an intern in your field of study or simply going for a part time job.

Lastly, you can also seek for a work visa which permits you to live and work in Canada and can later lead you towards becoming a permanent resident in Canada.

Life in Canada for Ghanaians

We understand that you might be wondering if you will be accepted in the Canadian community as a Ghanaian or you will be rejected by the locals? Well! The truth is the Canadian community is a multicultural community with different people from different parts of the world. A recent poll carried out in Canada shows that 90% of Canadians are willing to accept a new immigrant into their community irrespective of their culture. Additionally, Canadians are lovely people. You will also find a lot of organizations in place to help you such as the united Ghana association of Ottawa and that of the Ghanaian Canadian association of Ontario. – How to immigrate to Canada from Ghana

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