Canada is one of the most attractive destinations in the world for immigrants, but you need to meet a number of conditions if you want to move to Canada. Most importantly, you need to have an official job offer in Canada before you even arrive in the country. Here is how to get a job in Canada from Nigeria.
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1. Use the official sources
Like many countries, Canada has a portal dedicated to immigration, where you can see the available programs for foreigners who want to move into Canada. On the same site, you can also find the required qualifications that can instantly tell you whether you are eligible for a job in Canada. The immigration portal also has a Job Bank – a list of all available jobs in the government sector. The requirements for those positions may be high, but a successful application to one of the jobs gives you the highest chances of eventually moving to Canada.
2. Use job websites
The official immigration portal is not the only place where you can look for jobs, especially if you’re interested in newer sectors of the economy. That is why you can also check Canada’s most popular job websites: indeed.com, mosnter.com, and canadajobs.com. Those websites have thousands of jobs for every skill set, but you need to keep in mind that you are going to be competing not just with other prospective immigrants, but also with native Canadian workers, who are already at an advantage. It means that your skillset and motivation need to be persuasive for your future employer.
3. Apply for the jobs and go through the interviews
By the time you want to start applying for jobs in Canada, you already need to have a detailed CV, where your education and relevant work experience is listed in every detail. You will also need to attach cover letters to your applications. Ideally, each cover letter should be tailored to the job you’re applying to. If you want to get a leg up the native workers, you need to show why you are the ideal candidate.
If your application impressed your prospective employer and you make it to the next round, you will need to sit through some interviews. They typically happen over Zoom, Google Hangouts, or similar services, so you’ll need a webcam and a working mic. Confidence and a good skill set are key here, but you need to remember that several people are applying for the same job, so it’s best to have several options and not consider your application to be a done deal.
4. Get a written job offer
As we’ve mentioned before, the only real way to enter Canada as a foreign worker is to get an official job offer from your prospective employer. The job offer needs to come in a written form and specify the details of the employment, such as the position you are going to occupy and the length of your contract. To qualify for a working visa in Canada, you need to work for at least 30 hours a week. The job offer also needs to include your prospective salary, so that it’s clear that you have the means to live in Canada.
5. Finalize the deal
An official job offer from a Canadian employer isn’t enough to grant you a temporary visa to Canada. You will also need to go through the usual visa application process, which should happen in the Deputy High Commission of Canada to Nigeria in Lagos and will include the following steps:
- Pay a $100 visa application fee and an $85 fee to collect your biometric data.
- Prove that you have enough money to stay in Canada for the duration of your visa and to support your family.
- Convince the officer that you have no intention of staying in Canada after your contract is over.
- Provide your proof of eligibility – a collection of documents that demonstrates your eligibility for the chosen position.
- Provide the required documents in English and French and notarize them to make them official.
If your application is successful and you are granted a working visa, you will soon be contacted by the officials with instructions on what to do next.
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