Dubai is a sufficiently progressive country. However, for other nationalities in Dubai, Canada may seem an excellent option for permanent residency.
Canada could be a better destination for foreign nationals who may want to seek another option in another country.
Immigrants from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) make up a significant portion of new permanent residents in Canada. Many nationalities list Dubai as their previous country of residence.
Canada offers a liberal society with virtually no restrictions on social behavior. Canada also boasts a culturally diverse society with guaranteed individual liberty. Canada believes in equality and respect for all and values principles such as diversity and religious freedom.
Over 20% of the Canadian population adhere to no religion. Canada also recognizes and accepts same-sex relationships and provides social acceptance.
Unlike Dubai, Canada experiences all 4 seasons and offers natural beauty beyond just desert heat. With abundant forests, waterfalls and mountains, Canada is a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family.
Even during the pandemic, Canada has planned to maintain its immigration levels with the government aiming to welcome up to 1.1 million new permanent residents from 2020 to 2022.
Canada offers 10 provinces and 3 territories to choose from. Despite its impressive size, the majority of the Canadian population is concentrated in the areas within 100 km of the United States border. The largest cities in Canada include Toronto with a population of 6.2 million, followed by Montreal with 4.1 million people, then Vancouver with 2.5 million and fourth, Calgary with a population of 1.4 million.
Canada also offers a low cost of living compared to Dubai. The food in Toronto costs 15% less compared to Dubai. Housing options are also less expensive.
What Are the Options for Immigration from Dubai to Canada?
Broadly speaking, the following immigration pathways are suitable if you wish to move to Canada from Dubai:
The federal Express Entry system manages applications for 3 federal economic immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
In 2019, about 1/5th of total Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency were issued to UAE nationals.
Based on your skills and work experience, you can qualify for 1 of the 3 economic programs and submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Express Entry system.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP):
As mentioned above, there are 13 Canadian provinces and territories. 11 out of them offer their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to nominate eligible foreign nationals for permanent residency. With the exception of the province of Quebec and the newest territory, Nunavut.
PNPs are usually targeted towards foreign nationals who have the relevant skills and experience to contribute to the economic development of a province or territory.
Based on where you want to live and work, you can explore the different immigration streams offered by the PNP of that specific province.