Immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia
Did you know that Saudi citizens and residents have over 100 Canada immigration programs to use to visit or immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia is a top source country of Canada immigration and visitors. Saudi residents score highly in factors such as English proficiency, education level and work experience. Therefore, they are in the top eligible source countries of Canada immigration.
Saudi citizens and residents want to immigrate to Canada for a variety of reasons. These include
- furthering their studies
- pursuing their specialized skilled trades
- looking for a better future for the families, and likewise,
- searching for career opportunities in the North American market.
For example, you may immigrate to Canada as
- a foreign skilled worker
- an international student
- a skilled professional or
- a family member of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen
Most individuals from Saudi Arabia come to Canada as skilled workers through the economic class category.
Perfect time to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
Canada needs immigrants in order to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, Canada is looking for skilled workers and international students to help the recovery effort.
For instance, see Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels for 2021 to 2023.
Below is an overview of the main pathways that you can successfully take to get Canada PR.
1. Canada Express Entry programs
In general, Canada uses the Express Entry system to manage applications for three economic immigration programs. These are: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry also manages several Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNP).
It is also the fastest and most popular pathway for foreigners to immigrate to Canada.
Express Entry awards candidates PR eligibility points using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
You do not need a job offer to enter the Express Entry pool. However, you earn additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points if you already have a job.
The Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Provincial Nominee Programs are very popular Express Entry programs among Saudi Arabia applicants.
How the Express Entry system works
Only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool get Invitations to Apply (ITAs) from IRCC.
A candidate’s CRS score is based on several core human factors, most importantly
- skilled work experience, and also
- proficiency in English or French
A total of 1,200 CRS points is available. A single candidate can earn up to 260 points for high proficiency in English and French. A couple can earn up to 270 points.
You get a 600 extra points if you receive nomination under any of Canada’s Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs). The 600 extra points virtually guarantees that IRCC will invite you in an Express Entry draw. See complete Express Entry draw results for 2022 at Canada Express Entry draws – Latest Report.
Express Entry Application Quick Steps
- Create an IRCC profile/account to apply for Canada visa online
- Check your application status, and also
- Check application processing times
2. Provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs
You may also be able to immigrate to Canada through one of the Provincial Immigrant Nominee Programs (PNP). Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can boost your application by nominating you for PR in the federal government’s Express Entry system. Under the PNPs, Canada’s provinces and territories invite foreigners who desire to settle in their provinces and have the appropriate skills to contribute to provincial labour force and economy.
How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
Candidates who receive a PNP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry CRS score.
The additional 600 points virtually guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian PR. Candidates with provincial nomination need only score in the 100s for core human capital like education and language, in order to get invitation to apply for PR.
3. International Students pathway to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia
International student study permit is a also popular among Saudis as a pathway to become Canadian permanent residents.
PGWP allows you to work in Canada for up to three years after graduating. This is very significant because Canadian work experience gained will boost your PR application.
4. Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program is also a pathway to immigrate
Saudi entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas can immigrate to Canada through the Canada start-up visa program. Saudi’s innovative companies could access Canadian and U.S. markets through Canada’s Start-Up Visa program.
Canada’s Start-Up Visa grants Canadian permanent residence to qualified Saudi entrepreneurs. And it also introduces them to Canadian investors so they can start their businesses in Canada.
In sum, the basic eligibility requirements for the Start-Up Visa program are:
- a qualifying business
- commitment certificate and letter of support from a designated entity
- sufficient funds to meet settlement funding, and
- proficiency in English or French at the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level 5
See more about Canada start-up visa program.
Step-by-step guides to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia
In the following sections we have simplified for you the steps that you need to take to immigrate to Canada, using a 10-step guide.
Step 1 – Where to Live in Canada
It is important to decide about the best places to live in Canada based on your personal needs. For instance, you need to determine if you want to move to a family friendly province known for the best education systems and daycare programs in the country or if you want to move to a Canadian province with best economic factors like jobs.
Canadian provinces also have their own immigration programs (PNPs) designed to address their own unique human labor needs. Some provinces focus on foreign IT workers while others focus on healthcare workers. Getting nomination under any one of these programs increases your chances of becoming a Canadian permanent resident. See Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
The province of Quebec is primarily French-speaking and offers its own immigration program focusing on candidates with high French-language proficiency. Some PNPs also target French-speaking applicants, for example Ontario and Nova Scotia PNPs.
Step 2 – Which Canada immigration programs are you eligible for?
There are over 100 Canada immigration programs in multiple categories and sub-categories. Each program, category and sub-category has its own unique requirements that you need to meet before you should think about applying.
The first step is to be clear about why you want to immigrate to Canada. Ask yourself the following questions. Do you want to come to Canada for work, reunite with your family, study as an international student, get access to a better lifestyle or any combination of these?
Step 3 – Pass eligibility requirements for the Canada immigration program that you chose
It is important that you first assess your potential to meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada immigration program that you desire. This will save you time and most importantly help you focus on what you need to pass eligibility requirements for Canadian permanent resident.
Step 4 – Gather all Important Documents
Failure to include all of the documents required for the Canada immigration program that you have applied to will result in rejection or delay of your application.
Most Canadian immigration programs ask for ID, passport or birth certificate, medical exam results that are not older than a year, IELTS and TEF exam results that are not older than two years, biometric records, ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) and police clearance certificate.
Step 5 – Complete IELTS and TEF Exams
As indicated in Step 3 above, language skills in French and English are a key requirement in virtually all Canada immigration programs. Canada needs you to prove that you can adapt, communicate and use local languages to communicate with your community and the people you work with.
This will also increase your overall ranking scores on the CRS points system and the likelihood to succeed in your application to immigrate to Canada.
Step 6 – Get your ECA education assessment
Education is a high value factor under the Canadian immigration points system. You must get all of your certificates, degrees, diplomas, licenses and qualifications verified by accredited organizations to prove that they meet Canadian standards.
See information on where and how to do your foreign educational credential assessment (ECA) done here: Upgrade your foreign credentials for Canada study or work permit
Step 7 – Do Your Medical Examination
All Canada immigration programs that involve staying in Canada for more than six months requires a medical examination.
NOTE: IRCC accepts medical exams only if they are by a doctor who belongs in Canada approved Panel Physicians.
The panel physician doesn’t make the final decision about your medical exam. IRCC makes that decision. If there’s a problem with your medical exam, IRCC contact you in writing.
See complete IRCC information on Canada immigration medical examination requirements.
Step 8 – Get a Police Clearance Certificate
To immigrate to Canada you must have a clear criminal record check. To demonstrate this, IRCC requires that you submit a police certificate.
IRCC has published information on how and where you can get a police clearance certificate in your country. See IRCC: How to get a police certificate – Immigration and citizenship.
Step 9 – Apply for Biometrics
Effective July 31, 2018 Canadian immigration law requires that international students and graduates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa must submit their biometrics (fingerprints and a facial recognition photo) with their applications for visitor, study, and work visa, and for permanent resident status in Canada. Applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the America will need to provide Biometrics identification starting December 31, 2018.
For complete IRCC information please go to Find a Biometrics collection point close to you.
Step 10 – Use a Canada immigration lawyer or agent
Although you do not need a lawyer or agent to successfully apply for Canada immigration, yet it is advisable to obtain one. As you can see from the above steps, the Canadian immigration system is complicated, and frequently changing. Errors can have devastating and costly consequences for applicants, delaying your process or even causing rejected claims.
See also Useful Resources for Saudi Immigrants in Canada
- The mission of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau (SACB) is to “enable young Saudi men and women to take advantage of the high quality education and training in Canadian post secondary institutions. According to SACB, this is by administering scholarships and providing them support services. These services are also to ensure the cultural, educational, and social welfare of Saudi students and their families in Canada” (saudibureau.org).
- The Canadian Embassy in Saudi Arabia provides information on the immigration and visa application process.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.