There are many people who wish to immigrate to Canada from Cameroon to either live, work, or study. The maple leaf country has a lot to offer in terms of high-quality education, good job opportunities, universal healthcare, security, and so on.

Before the advent of COVID-19, the number of Canadian immigrants from Cameroon was growing rapidly every year.

Between 2015 and 2019 the number of Cameroonian immigrants grew by forty-five (45) per cent up to 2,950 new permanent residents.

In addition, Statistics Canada also reports that in 2016 there were at least 10,265 Cameroonian nationals in Canada. Cameroon was also one of the top birth countries of Black immigrants through economic-class immigration between the years 2011 and 2016.

With over one-hundred, economic-class immigration programs to select from it can be difficult to know where to start or fit in.

Here are just some of the immigration pathways to Canadian permanent residence that Cameroonians can take advantage of.

Express Entry System

Most economic-class immigrants get Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry.

Express Entry is the tool that the federal government uses to manages applications of the three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates who are eligible are then given a score based on their age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.

These points are officially referred to as the “Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points”. The maximum number of CRS points that an individual can obtain is 1,200 but most people fall somewhere around 500 without a provincial nomination.

Canada then gives out invitations called Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the highest-scoring candidates in the Express Entry pool. Once they receive their invitation, candidates can apply for permanent residence.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

Though the Canadian government has the final say in who gets to immigrate to Canada, the provinces are also allowed to select certain candidates, (that meet their labor requirements) through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

With the exception of Quebec and Nunavut, which has its own immigration programs, all other Canadian provinces have Provincial nominee programs.

They may be “enhanced programs” where candidates need a valid Express Entry profile to be eligible, or they may be “base programs” and deal directly with the provincial government.

Enhanced PNPs can be another option for immigration candidates who have lower CRS scores. Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination automatically get an additional 600 CRS points and are practically guaranteed to receive an invitation.

Some PNPs, like Ontario’s Human Capital Category, do not require immigration candidates to be in Canada in order to receive the nomination but will demand that candidates have work experience in certain occupations that fill gaps in the labor market.

Lastly, the Quebec province is mainly French-speaking and offers its own immigration streams that are tailored for french speaking and bilingual candidates with high French-language proficiency.

Some Provincial nominee programs also target French-speaking candidates, Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, for instance. Nova Scotia province has also invited French-speaking candidates through its Labor Market Priorities Stream.

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