Immigrate to Canada from South Africa

13.02.2018

How to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa

Many South Africans are still of the impression that it’s simply not possible to immigrate to Canada from South Africa, or worse still, that it’s a very expensive project.

The truth often comes as a surprise to many; It costs less overall to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa when compared to other countries such as Australia. And better still, the whole project from start to finish can be completed in as little as 12 months for more than half the cost of a move to Australia.

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How To Immigrate To Canada from South Africa -The Ultimate Overview


To successfully immigrate to Canada from South Africa we first need to ensure you qualify for one of the available immigration programs. These Canadian Immigration programs are split between Provincial and Federal systems.
To Immigrate to Canada from South Africa under a Federal Migration System you’ll need to qualify under either:

Federal Skilled Worker Immigration Program
Federal Skilled Trades Immigration Program
Canadian Experience Class Program
Family Class
Provincial Nominee

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How To Immigrate To Canada from South Africa Continued…
Once you’re happy and confident that you can Immigrate from South Africa to Canada then the next stage is to lodge an application for full Permanent Residency in Canada.

How does a South African make an application for a full Canadian Permanent Residency Visa? The answer is found in the Canadian Express Entry system for all Immigration programs except the family class visa which is still a paper-based application.

Important Notes on Express Entry for those looking to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa.

1. Express Entry is a legal expression of your desire to move to Canada. The questions need to be answered factually and be based on your current situation today. Never complete your Express Entry application based on what might happen in the future or on the anticipated results or outcomes of your education verification or language tests.

2. Specifically, this means that whilst its ok to submit an Express Entry before having your education verified or your trade skills assessed there is little point in doing so because without these key criteria any Express Entry application is unlikely to result in a formal application being made.

Immigrate to Canada from South Africa Under the Family Class Program
To be a member of the Family Class you need to have a Canadian sponsor currently living in Canada, over the age of 18 who is one of the following in relation to you, or the lead applicant.

Spouse or Partner
Parent
Child
Grandchild

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Immigrate to Canada from South Africa under the Federal Skilled Worker visa class


In order to qualify as a Federal Skilled Worker you need to meet all of the following criteria:

Experience in a qualifying occupation on one of the current NOC Lists
And then have at least one year of full time employment in this position
Can achieve 67 points or higher based on Canada Visa Points Matrix
Have passed your IELTS English Language exam
Have a valid educational credential assessment
Have the required amount of funds based on your family size

Immigrate to Canada from South Africa on the Federal Skilled Trades Program
To successfully immigrate to Canada from South Africa using the Federal Skilled Trades Visa you’ll need to meet the following key criteria:

Experience in a qualifying occupation on one of the current NOC Trades Lists
And then have at least two years of full time employment in this position in the last five years prior to your Canada Visa application.
Have either an offer of employment OR a Canadian Trades Certificate
Have passed your IELTS English Language exam
Have a valid educational credential assessment
Have the required amount of funds based on your family size

Immigrate to Canada from South Africa on the Canadian Experience Class program
To successfully immigrate to Canada from South Africa using the Canadian Experience Class Visa you’ll need to meet the following key criteria:

At least one year full time work experience in a qualifying occupation in Canada in the previous three years before making your application.
Have the required amount of funds based on your family size

Immigrate to Canada from South Africa as a Provincial Nominee
To successfully immigrate to Canada from South Africa using the provincial Nominee Visa you’ll need to meet the following key criteria:

Have passed your IELTS English Language exam
Received a nomination from a Canadian Province or territory
Have the required amount of funds based on your family size

Once you have confirmed you are eligible to immigrate to Canada from South Africa and have made your Express Entry application its over to the Canadian Government to select your application from the pool of other Express Entry Candidates based on your CRS Score (Comprehensive Ranking System) which is based on a number of different criteria such as age, language skills, occupation, education and the skills of your partner.

How Long does it take to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa?


From this point the whole process really does step up a gear into overdrive. After being selected from the Express Entry Pool your Canadian Permanent Residency should be issued within six months.

Can my family immigrate to Canada from South Africa with me?


Absolutely yes. We only need to make one application through the Express Entry Immigration system and unlike Australia, your children are classed as dependent until the age of 19.
How much does it cost to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa?

A list of associated costs for an application in ZAR is outlined below:
Language Test – R 2,500
Educational Credential Assessment – R 3,525
Medical Examination – R 2,250
Police Clearances – R 110
Canadian Government Fee for main applicant – R 10,000
Canadian Government Fee for spouse – R 10,000
Canadian Government Fee for those under 19 – R 1,500
Emigrate Canada Fees – Variable between R 27,000 and R 33,000 on a no visa no fee refund guarantee and payable in up to three monthly instalments.

In summary, for a family of three (two adults and one child) we anticipate it will cost in the region of R65,000 to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa.

When we compare this to the cost of Immigrating to Australia from South Africa we’d be anticipating total fees of around R135,000

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by Richard Swanesopoel on Immigrate to Canada from South Africa
Good article

This situation here in SA is the worst I have seen in it very long time. I have filled out my free visa assessment and standing by to give you all of the information you need to help me get my family out of here.
Thank you

Thank you Richard. We understand the situation currently and for many there are still options. We will be in touch shortly.

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by Susan P, Cape Town, SA on Immigrate to Canada from South Africa
Immigrating to Canada from South Africa

We have debated on Immigrating to Canada for past 5 years and when we decided to start the process the only thing we were sure about was to hire a Canadian Immigration company to represent us legally throughout the process.Running our own business made it really daunting to prove our eligibility and after hiring Emigrate Canada based on previous reviews and extensive research we never looked back. Communications and the service were absolutely flawless and the team were amazing. Special thanks go to Alex for putting up with my endless emails and his patience answering my many various questions. And of course for delivering the amazing life changing news this morning that our Canadian Permanent Residency had been granted!I will be recommending Emigrate Canada to anyone looking to Immigrate to Canada from South Africa. Money well spent 🙂 thank you and wishing the team all the best.

Thank You Susan, we're all totally thrilled with the news of your successful Permanent Residency Visa application.