How To Relocate To Canada Without IELTS from Nigeria & Africa 2022

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria and any part of the world is not rocket science. That is to say, you do not need an agent to get you there. Why? 

Because everything you need to migrate safely without paying an outrageous amount of money and wasting time is available and accessible to you.


Let no one lie to you, the best way to relocate to Canada from Nigeria or anywhere is to have the Canadian experience. Sounds naughty, right?

Yeah. You may ask. How can I have a Canadian experience when I am in Nigeria or anywhere else?

Answer – do everything possible to get the Canadian experience/relocation requirements. It’s that simple.


The thing is, the most straightforward route is the Express Entry because you are relocating with all the boxes ticked.

What do I mean?

As we already know, the most popular way to relocate to Canada is through the Federal Express Entry System.

This is a system designed around a cut-off system where people are selected based on merit after they have successfully met a laid down requirement by the CIC- Center for Immigration Canada.

The CIC has a threshold that is released every month through a grading system called the CRS – (Comprehensive Ranking System).

The CRS checks your eligibility to relocate to Canada by scoring you points based on the following;

  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language Proficiency (IELTS)
  • Age
  • Canadian experience and or Connectivity (having a close relative in Canada) Job offers, etc.

The truth is, many who meet up with the required points of the above list have gone ahead to relocate to Canada with the Express Entry route.

However, the drawback of the system is that #1. It works mostly for people who are 35 years old and below plus having every other requirement to be ranked in the draw.

#2. You need an IELTS exam certificate for the Express Entry pathway, so, this is not the relocation route we are looking for.
For instance, if you are above 42, your chances are slim, if you cannot pass the IELTS exam you are out, and if you don’t have the required educational qualifications you are also out, among other requirements.

And the other popular relocation path – is the Provincial Nominee program.

The provincial nomination gives you 600 points which in turn automatically earns you an ITA – Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

However, the drawback here is that #1. It takes an average of 8 months for the provincial nomination to come through, after which you have to wait another 4 – 6 months for the Express Entry to give you your Permanent Resident Visa.

And that is if you have all the requirements (which change frequently) requested by the province, some of which can only be possible if you already lived in Canada.

#2. You also need IELTS or similar exams certificate for the Provincial Nominee pathway, so, this is not also the Canadian relocation route we are looking for.

Seeing the above 2, the chances for a lot of us are limited which leaves us with the most complete relocation path that seeks to qualify us for permanent residence in Canada without the bottleneck of Age limitation, Canadian work experience, and having an IELTS test score of 7, and more.


When all chips are down, the big question is, how can I still relocate to Canada without IELTS or TOELF, Proof of funds, SSCE or OND, and with no relative in Canada?

The answer boils down to a route that will qualify you for the Canadian experience, and that is “the Study/Education route to Canada“.


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Going on, another option is the Work Experience route to Canada.

Relocation to Canada from Africa with the Work Experience route

How the work experience route works are by getting a company in Canada that will hire you. From there they process your work permit from their end – which makes your relocation journey swift.

However, the big deal with this relocation route is #1. Getting a company in Canada that will hire you while still in Nigeria or any part of Africa.

#2. Having a special skill that any other Canadian cannot fill in (unless in some special cases) before you can be hired from your own country.

#3. You must pass through LMIA.

#4. You must meet the requirements of the particular province in Canada.


So, we can say that being hired in Canada while still in your home country will happen in 1 in every 5,000 people or more.

Nonetheless, you are free to try this route because you can get hired here in Nigeria. Some job sites to apply for are Jooble, LinkedIn jobs, Google, etc.

In conclusion, while immigration to Canada from Africa with the Work Experience route looks like a fairy tale, nothing stops you from trying it out. Who knows, you might be picked if only you have a special skill + a good structured CV.

You can further check the eligibility to apply for the Canadian experience class here.

And now to the cheapest way to relocate to Canada from Africa – the Study Path.

In a normal sense, you can say that the Study Relocation path is the route that doesn’t discriminate your chances of relocating to Canada from Nigeria, Africa, or any part of the world.

According to the IRCC data, the number of new study permits for Nigeria increased by 30.3 percent to 13,745 from 10,550 in 2020, making it the ninth most popular source country for international students.

Nigerians studying in Canada hit record high


How To Migrate To Canada Easily

The secret to Canada PR is that it is much easier to become a permanent resident of Canada if you already lived in Canada.

With this approach, you will have had the core Canadian experiences which qualify you for PR, right?

So, the Study Relocation path seeks to qualify you for the Canadian Experience while you reap all the benefits that come with it.


A Presentation of How the Study Visa Route Works

A presentation of how the Study Visa route works ss

Step 1. You choose a Canadian School and Program in a province of your choice.
Step 2. You apply to the University/College depending on your CGPA plus school requirements.
Step 3. You get an offer letter and head on to Apply for a Study Visa.
Step 4. You arrive in Canada to study and get your Study Permit.
Step 5. You graduate and apply for Permanent Residence in Canada based on the province of choice.

Why is the Study Visa Relocation Pathway the Best for you?

#1. The Study Visa is the highest administration rate pathway to Canada today (undergraduate to Ph.D.).

#2. Most routes are inconsistent – for instance, relocation paths like EE, PNP, and others were paused for people outside of Canada, and guess what? The point system takes into consideration your age, language, IELTS, and more, which makes them very competitive.

#3. Does not need IELTS as far as you studied in English.

#4. Your age does not matter.

#5. Your Spouse/Family can join you. And guess what? Your husband or wife will get the Spousal Open Work Permit – to work anywhere in Canada.

And your children get work or study visit Visas based on their age.

#6. You get Canadian Work Experience – imagine getting the top 2 requirements others to sweat to get into the EE, PNP, or other relocation programs.

#7. No agents are required. You do everything, plus the support you need to scale through.


How to Migrate to Canada from Nigeria without IELTS


Here are the basic steps you need to take to successfully relocate to Canada via the Study route.


Step 1. Be Serious and believe in the Relocation process

I wouldn’t like to tell you stories here about how dreams do come to pass because I’ve been there.

All I can say is that you need to be serious in your application process and believe that you will successfully relocate to Canada.

See, the golden moment about all these is that when you’re on board with your visa at hand, you are gone.

And I promise you that you won’t remember all the pains you took to get to Canada.

To start with, you might not recover from the experience in Canada as compared to what you have in your country.

That is why you need to believe in the process and pursue it.


Step 2. Apply for International Passport

Since you’ve already decided that you are relocating you need to apply for an International passport fast to get it early.

In Nigeria, after being captured, you can expect to get it at the exact collection date, 1 month after, or even 2 months’ time (depending on the immigration office).

So, I recommend you apply for it before the other steps.

For the 36-page passport, (as of January 2021) you will pay N25,000 online or N26,000 – offline.

Do confirm the latest price from the Immigration office.


Step 3. Get Educational Documents

While you check out schools that suit your educational qualifications, you want to get related documents ready.

First off, get an IELTS waiver from your school.

Alternatively, communicate with the Canadian school that you were taught in English.

For Nigerians, you are qualified for an IELTS waiver – in most Canadian Universities and colleges.

Nevertheless, in case the school you prefer to study in Canada asks for proof of “studying in English”, you can use a free proficiency certificate gotten from a Nigerian institution. Here is one I got and used.

IELTS waiver documents

But for our other African brothers whose official language is not English, unfortunately, you will need to write the IELTS exams.

Going on, you will need to get your official degree certificate (SSCE, OND, BSC, or whatever it is), and your educational transcript.


Step 4. Check out for a list of Scholarships & Apply

Depending on your educational qualifications, check out the Canadian Universities and colleges that offer scholarships and apply.’

For Second Class Lower Degrees, Third class, and Pass Students, you only apply to Colleges, while those with 2nd class upper and first-class apply to Universities.

Canadian Universities and colleges that offer scholarships and apply.

Be it as it may, you can always find out from the particular university if you can apply as a second-class lower graduate.


Step 4B. In case you don’t want to waste time on Scholarships and full funding options, that is:

#1. If you have a sponsor or,

#2. If you will source for the funds (proof of funds) from organizations offering such services, then just check out a particular Canadian school that fits your requirements, and then APPLY to get started.


Step 5. Write your Motivational Letter

Otherwise known as a Statement of Purpose, you want to draft out why you want to study in the prospective Canadian school.

Statement of Purpose provides the admissions committee with information that lets them know who you are; what you want to study at graduate school and why.

Going further, you will state your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals.


Step 6. Prepare your CV for Studies

Like your Statement of purpose, this should be written carefully and professionally.

With your CV, a complete profile of your academic achievements, publications, and scholarly interests, as well as skills developed through academic degrees and related teaching or research experience are captured (if any).


Step 7. Get an Offer & Acceptance Letter from a Canadian School

All of the above was to qualify you to get an offer letter from a Canadian School. An offer letter is just like a pre-offer letter, indicating that a space is available for them in the specific program they applied to.

Get an Offer & Acceptance Letter from a Canadian School

However, you must meet certain conditions defined by the school, such as required minimum grade averages and submitting final transcripts, before a final offer, known as a letter of acceptance, will be issued.

An Acceptance Letter in Canada is just like Admission Letter in Nigeria.


Talking of Acceptance Letter, this is a document from a Canadian school indicating that you have been accepted to a program.

As soon as you receive your letter of acceptance, there are no additional requirements.

The LoA document is recognized by the Canadian government and contains the information required to apply for a study permit.

All in all, without getting an Offer Letter and then an Acceptance Letter from a Canadian School, there is no Study Visa or Study Permit.


Step 8. Apply for Study Permit

A student visa allows (you) a foreign student to enter Canada as a student.

In perspective, the Canadian study permit is issued at the Canadian Border by a Border Officer, this is the document that allows you to work and study in Canada throughout your stay.

It is a mandatory immigration document for all those who want to study in Canada i.e. international students.

With other steps done, you go on to apply for a study permit at the Canadian Immigration website.


Step 9. Apply for Study Visa

A Study Visa is a document issued by the Canadian immigration authorities that serves as permission for foreign students to study in Canada.

In perspective, the Study Visa is the stamp posted on your passport by the Canadian Embassy which allows you to enter Canada on the basis of your plans to study there.


The above are the core steps to successfully applying and relocating to Canada even without IELTS or TOEFL exams.

The next step might be to apply for Spousal Work Permit – if you are married.

As an international student studying a full-time course with a valid study permit, your spouse would be able to apply for the open work permit.

The Spousal Work Permit empowers your spouse or partner to work full-time on or off-campus while you study.