With thousands of South Africans migrating in record numbers, Canada is the surprising new destination for many South Africans. The maple leaf country has so much to offer in terms of universal health care, high living standard, world-class education, job opportunities, among other appealing features.

Canada allows South Africans with no connections to Canada and no job offer to apply for Permanent Residency based on a variety of other factors such as age, work experience, education, language abilities in English or French, and skilled work experience.

While not everyone will be interested or able to immigrate to Canada, there are many options available for those who are interested. Canada offers over 100 different permanent residence pathways and the opportunity to apply for Canadian citizenship after residing in Canada for three years.

If you are looking to immigrate to Canada from South Africa, your best bet is to apply as an economic class immigrant.

Canada is currently targeting over a million new immigrants by the year 2022, according to its Immigration Levels Plan 2020-2022.

Express Entry – Immigration Pathways To Canada For South Africans

The Express Entry system is the tool that the Canadian government uses to manage permanent residence applications.

Immigrants typically demonstrate their interest in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry system. But, before creating an Express Entry profile, applicants must be eligible for one of three major immigration programs: the Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

The FSWP normally tends to be the most viable option for those who have never lived in Canada.

If you are qualified for the FSWP, you will be able to make an Express Entry profile. You will need to complete a recognized government-approved language proficiency test in English. You will also need to get your foreign educational credentials assessed by a recognized body like World Education Services (WES).

All individuals in the Express Entry pool are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their profile.

Every two weeks, the government of Canada invites the highest-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

How to Immigrate To Canada From South Africa through PNP

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another major economic class immigration option for those coming from South Africa. The PNP is the second-largest skilled worker immigration pathway after Express Entry. The PNP gives Canada’s provinces the ability to nominate immigrants who meet their economic needs.

You can apply to a province’s PNP directly. You can also make yourself available to the provinces for them to review your profile and then offer you an opportunity to obtain a nomination from them. You can do this by creating an Express Entry profile. If a province invites you to apply to their PNP, you will receive an additional 600 CRS points which will assure your success under Express Entry.

People are able to apply for a specific PNP stream directly. In addition, creating a valid Express Entry profile gives you more options. Once you are in the Express Entry pool, you may receive an invitation to apply for a Canadian permanent residence, or you may receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination if the province or territory is interested in your profile.

South African Immigration to Canada

The first wave of immigration from South Africa can be traced as far back as the 1950s. People from South Africa was first recorded in the year 1950.

Most South African Canadians are White South Africans, mostly of British and Afrikaner ancestry. According to the Canada 2016 Census, there were 41,375 Canadians who claimed South African ancestry, either full or partial.

Many skilled White South Africans also left their country following the 1994 election that represented the end of the Apartheid era, mostly due to a fear of violent crime and a reluctance to live as a minority under a majority black government.

Today, most Canadians of South African origin reside in Ontario province, with many other South African Canadians settled in other Canadian provinces.

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