The Muslim population is growing at a rapid rate of other religions, according to Statistics Canada. There are more than one million Muslims in Canada and a large portion of them are immigrants from Saudi-Arabia.

Many of those who immigrate from Saudi Arabia are expatriates and highly skilled. Despite the superior living standards they enjoy in Saudi Arabia, such people may choose Canada since it offers various benefits.

Canada offers over 100 different immigration pathways, the opportunity to apply for permanent residence that will lead Canadian citizenship after residing in Canada for three years, good education, universal health care, good employment opportunities, among other appealing features.

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia, your best chances are to apply as an economic class immigrant.

Canada is targeting over one million new immigrants by 2022, according to its Immigration Levels Plan 2020-2022.

Economic class skilled workers account for nearly Sixty (60) percent of the newcomers Canada is targeting under this plan.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada continues to roll out permanent residence invitations to successful economic class candidates, including applicants currently living overseas.

Skilled workers are assessed by Canada based on requirements such as their age, work experience, education, and language proficiency. Given that Saudi expatriates and citizens tend to be young, and well-educated with strong English language skills, they are in a good position to succeed under Canada’s immigration selection process.

Express Entry System

Express Entry is the main tool that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications.

If you want to apply for immigration under the Express Entry system, you must meet certain requirements of at least one of these programs: the Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), the Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Chances are that you will need to be qualified under the FSWP if you have never lived in Canada before.

Assuming you meet the requirements of the FSWP, you can then go ahead and lodge an Express Entry profile to Canada’s immigration services’ website for free.

You will have to take a language proficiency test accredited by immigration, refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If you wish to take the test in English, your options are either the CELPIP or IELTS exam. You have to also get your foreign educational credentials evaluated by a provider (such as WES) that is accredited by IRCC.

Based on your requirements such as your age, education, work experience, and language skills, you will obtain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Fortnightly, IRCC invites Express Entry candidates with the biggest CRS scores to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Despite its travel restrictions, IRCC is still inviting successful candidates who live abroad since such people will be key to supporting Canada’s post-pandemic economy recovery.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another main economic class immigration route for those coming from Saudi Arabia. The PNP is the second-biggest skilled worker pathway after Express Entry.

The PNP gives Canada’s provinces and territories the ability to select prospective immigrants who meet their economic needs.

You can directly apply to a province or territories’ Provincial program. You can also make yourself available to the provinces and territories for them to examine or assess your profile and then offer you an opportunity to get a nomination from them.

You can do this by opening a valid Express Entry profile. If a province invites you to apply to their PNP, you will get an extra 600 CRS points which will practically guarantee your success under Express Entry.

Candidates are directly able to apply for a specific PNP program. In addition, creating an Express Entry profile gives you more opportunities.

Once you are in the Express Entry pool, you may get an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or you may receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination if the territory or provinces is interested in your profile.

Saudi nationals have over 100 skilled worker immigration options they can benefit from. In addition to Express Entry and the Provincial nominee programs, Canada offers many other permanent residence immigration routes for skilled workers.

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