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Immigration to Canada from Dubai: What You Need to Know

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"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."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Updated on:  Jun 20, 2021
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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:

Express Entry: 

The federal Express Entry system manages applications for 3 federal economic immigration programs:

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.

Quebec Immigration: 

The province of Quebec has the autonomy to select immigration applicants to protect its distinct identity. Quebec Immigration programs have a 2-step process. You need to be approved by the provincial government to apply for different immigration streams.

While French proficiency adds value to your application, it is not mandatory. Quebec selects the applicants based on their skills, experience, and human capital value.

Skilled workers from Dubai can qualify for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) if they qualify.

Business Immigration: 

If you have significant net worth and capital to invest, then you can try out different federal and provincial streams targeted at international entrepreneurs and investors.

The federal government offers the following business immigration pathways for international entrepreneurs and investors:

PNPs have their immigration streams for international graduates, entrepreneurs, and investors who wish to establish a business in the province, see Provincial Business Programs.

Family Class Sponsorship: 

If your family member is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, then they can sponsor you for permanent residence through the Family Class Sponsorship.

This includes 3 categories: Spousal Sponsorship, Dependent Children and Other Relatives Sponsorship and Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship.

Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence: 

Canada allows temporary residence to transition to permanent residence through several pathways.

You can also come to Canada as a student and later transition to permanent residency through different federal and provincial immigration streams.

You can live in Canada as a temporary foreign worker and later qualify for streams that require Canadian work experiences like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and other provincial streams.

What Is the Final Step In Immigration?

The final step in your immigration process is to apply for the best immigration program to the government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The IRCC will then assess your application based on the eligibility and admissibility requirements. You have to be admissible to Canada if you want to apply for permanent residency. Inadmissibility will be determined based on your medical and criminal records.

If you have a medical condition that can cause harm to public safety or put excessive demand on social health services, you will be deemed medically inadmissible. Having a recent criminal conviction can deem you criminally inadmissible.

You will be required to provide accurate and credible information during your immigration process. If you are discovered providing falsifying information, then you will be charged with misrepresentation. Misrepresentation is a serious offense and can get you barred from entering Canada for up to 5 years.

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