Canada is well known for welcoming immigrants. With its thriving economy and diverse population, many newcomers find it easy to make a start here. If immigration to Canada from Dubai is on your mind, do some research to discover the unique qualities of this country and think about where you might want to settle. With ten provinces and three territories - each with its own characteristics - there is a lot to consider. You also need to know about the immigration programs Canada has to offer.
Express Entry System
Most people considering immigration to Canada from Dubai want to work and create a new life here. The federal government's department, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has developed the Express Entry system to make the application process more straightforward.
Express Entry pools applicants for the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. These three programs are aimed at selecting possible immigrants who have the skills and experience necessary to meet available job requirements.
When you create an online profile in the Express Entry system, your information determines your eligibility to immigrate and your position in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The CRS assigns points according to certain criteria such as: work experience, education, language ability (English and/or French), and valid job offers. Having more CRS points makes you more eligible for immigration.
One important thing to understand is that the work experience, training, and education from Dubai may not seem to meet Canadian requirements. In order to determine how the training and education measure to the Canadian standards, you may need to complete an Educational Credential Assessment.
Being able to read, write, and speak in at least one of Canada’s two official languages - English and French - is a key requirement. To establish your proficiency in either one or both, you need to take a language test and submit your scores with your profile. IRCC accepts only certain tests, so be sure you take the correct one.
A job offer is not necessary to start an Express Entry profile. While a job offer improves CRS scores, there is a job service available to applicants. The federal Job Bank service has job postings and allows applicants to search for work that matches their skills and experience then apply for those jobs.
IRCC may also request a medical exam to ensure there are no potential health issues that could put a strain on the healthcare system.
The Next Step
Applicants in the Express Entry pool who meet a certain CRS standard could receive an invitation from IRCC to apply for permanent residency. To improve the chance of receiving an invitation, consider a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The PNP allows the provinces and territories to identify the skills and work experience they need to fill available jobs in that region. Once suitable candidates have been found in the Express Entry pool, the province or territory can nominate the applicants for permanent residency.
Most PNP require the candidate to settle in the province or territory. This is where that research becomes valuable. As you fill in your profile, you can select the provinces or territories where you would prefer to live and perhaps become eligible for their PNP.