New Canadian permanent residents from Nigeria

New Canadian Permanent Residents from Nigeria to spike by 60%

New Canadian Permanent Residents from Nigeria

New Canadian permanent residents from Nigeria more than tripled in the five years before COVID-19. Now Canada wants to land more new Canadian permanent residents from Nigeria to help with post-COVID labour shortages and economic recovery.

From 2015 through to the end of 2019, the number of Nigerians becoming new permanent residents in Canada more than tripled. It rose from 4,090 in 2015 to 12,600 in 2019, just before COVID-19.

There was a massive drop in immigration to Canada from all countries during the pandemic due to border closures and public health restrictions. After welcoming 341,175 new PRs in 2019, immigration fell by 45.9% to 184,585 new PRs in 2020. It then rebounded to a record-breaking level in 2021 when the country welcomed 406,005 new PRs as COVID restrictions eased.


See also Pathways to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria.

Nigeria #5 in top 10 most important countries of Canadian new PRs

In the first six months of 2022, Nigeria ranked fifth in the top 10 list of most important sources of new PRs to Canada, after only India, China, the Philippines, and Afghanistan. 

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Nigeria has been a more important source of new PRs to Canada this year than either France or the United States. In the first half of this year, 10,080 Nigerians became new PRs, 60.5 per cent more than the 6,280 new permanent residents from France and 67.3 per cent more than the 6,025 from the United States. 

New Canadian Permanent Residents from Nigeria to spike by 60% over 2019


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data shows that the number of new Canadian permanent residents from Nigeria will soar by 60%, to 20,160, in 2022. This compared to 12,600 in 2019 the years before the pandemic.

In the first half of 2022 alone, Canada already welcomed 10,080 new permanent residents from Nigeria.

The Africa Polling Institute (API) reported that Canadian immigration policies have made Canada the top destination of choice for many Nigerians. See Deconstructing the Canada Rush – A Study on Motivations for Nigerians Emigrating to Canada.

The top 5 motivating factors for Nigerians seeking immigration to Canada are:

  • the search for better career opportunities (75 per cent)
  • heightened insecurity and violence (60 per cent)
  • the desire to provide a better future for their children (55 per cent)
  • further education (40 per cent), and
  • perceived poor governance in Nigeria (35 per cent)

API’s key finding on New Canadian Permanent Residents from Nigeria

Key Finding

In the last few years, the number of Nigerians seeking to emigrate to Canada has maintained an upward trajectory. Canadian migration policies have also in the last few years made the country emerge as an attractive destination of choice for many Nigerians; compared to the United Kingdom, with its imminent pre- and post-Brexit implications, and the strict immigration policies of the current United States administration. The current trend of Nigerians emigrating to Canada appears to have taken a new dimension with respect to the calibre of Nigerians applying on the different Canadian migration schemes. There are anecdotal evidences to suggest that these categories of Nigerians are not the ordinary poor Nigerians, but they are the highly skilled, well educated, mostly employed and upwardly mobile group of individuals, who constitute the middle-rung of the socio-economic class of the country. And there is no doubt that the continued exit of this class of Nigerians would have significant effects on the country’s intellectual, manpower and skills base, with attendant impact on the country’s national development, as well as its social, economic and political wellbeing as a nation.

Deconstructing the Canada Rush – A Study on Motivations for Nigerians Emigrating to Canada

Canada International Students from Nigeria up by 49.1%

In the first six months of 2022, IRCC issued study permits to 5,600 Nigerians. IRCC projects the number will spike 49.1% in 2022 to 11,200 students compared to 7,510 in 2019.

Canada launched the Nigerian Student Express Program (NSE) in 2020. The goal is to process Nigerian students’ applications for study permits within 20 days. See Canada’s Nigerian Student Express Program – Get Your Study Permit in 20 Days.


Canada remains a top pick for international students. In 2020 Canada ranked as the world’s third-leading destination of foreign students. In 2021 IRCC issued 621,565 study permits, up almost 17.7 per cent from the 528,190 in 2020. That is impressively as high as the pre-pandemic levels. And it is only 2.6 per cent lower than the record of 638,280 study permits set in 2019.

Canada is issuing more temporary work permits to Nigerians

IRCC is also targeting Nigerians for temporary work permit under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

TFWP allows foreign workers to come to work in Canada in many areas. These include:

  • Agriculture
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Retail Trade, and also
  • Manufacturing

See also Canada to open door to more temporary foreign workers.

IRCC data shows that up to 3,130 Nigerians are expected to come to Canada under TFWP in 2022. That would be a 17.7% increase over 2019.

How to Apply for Canada Permanent Resident from Nigeria

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way that Nigerians use to immigrate to Canada.

In Canada Express Entry draws, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for Canadian PR.

IRCC conducts Canada Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks from the Express Entry immigration candidates pool. IRCC approves your application and you complete the landing process. You then will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

Eligibility for Canada Express Entry

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create a Canada Express Entry profile with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at create an Express Entry profile. As well, you must also meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

Canada Express Entry Programs

Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) launched since 1967. FSWP is the main way that skilled workers immigrate to Canada.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) opened in 2008. It is a pathway for foreigners who have worked in Canada and want to become permanent resident. 

The CEC is also very popular among temporary foreign workers and international graduates as they are already in Canada.

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Launched in 2013, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) offers a Canada PR pathway to foreigners with skilled trades backgrounds.

Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNP)

Canadian provinces/territories do not have the ability to give Canadian permanent resident status.  However, they can nominate you into the federal Express Entry immigration pool if you are willing to settle in their province. PNP nomination automatically gives you a whopping 600 points in your Express Entry CRS score, which virtually guarantees that IRCC will invite you to apply for PR.

Launched in 1998, PNP nomination is also the second leading way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker after Express Entry programs.

How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?

The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply for PR in an Express Entry draw.

For example, Nnamdi has a bachelor’s degree. He has also been working in health care sciences for five years. Nnamdi has never worked or studied in Canada. He has the necessary Canada English or French language proficiency.

Nnamdi’s federal Express Entry pool CRS score is 345. However, he recently obtained a provincial nomination through a PNP. As a result IRCC awards him additional 600 points.

Consequently, Nnamdi’s total Express Entry CRS score jumps to 945 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score that Nnamdi needs to get an invitation for PR in a federal Express Entry draw.

IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. And then, after IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.