Many South Africans, concerned about the current economic climate and security issues that the country is facing, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already fuelled burgeoning unemployment, rising poverty and a worrying rise in the crime rate, are now considering emigration.

Considering Canada as a viable destination

Canada is a country with a stable, growing economy, that is constantly looking globally to attract skilled individuals to contribute towards its success. The country’s need to attract skilled workers presents many South Africans with a prime opportunity to emigrate.

According to research by Xpatweb, South African immigrants in Canada have grown to have a significant presence in the country, increasing in numbers by 15.9% between 2001 to 2011. By 2011, the South African Canadian population was estimated to be about 40,550 and between 2006 and 2015, a further 11,265 new permanent residents from South Africa arrived in Canada.

Gaining entry into Canada

South Africans can gain entry into Canada, in several ways, including via employment offers and family class visa sponsorships, through Canadian immigration programmes that fall under certain visa categories. Individuals may also apply independently to become Canadian permanent residents.

South African skilled workers emigrating to Canada may be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Express Entry category. Within this program, one may apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or one of the Provincial Nominee Programmes (PNP). Investment and entrepreneurial visa options are also available. Each category has it own unique entry requirements.

The Express Entry programme depends on factors such as nationality, age, language ability, family members, education, work experience and details on any job offer. Once the above details have been submitted to the Express Entry pool, a calculation of a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will be issued based on the answers provided. If you meet the requirements, you will be invited to apply to be a permanent resident of Canada.

To determine your eligibility to emigrate to Canada and which programme will be best suited to your skills and personal criteria it is advisable to consult an immigration specialist.

Xpatweb has been the preferred visa service provider for many corporates and individuals considering Canada as an emigration option.