14 best ways to migrate to Canada from South Africa in 2023; here is everthing you need to know

14 best ways to migrate to Canada from South Africa in 2023; here is everthing you need to know.

With South Africans emigrating in record numbers, Canada is the surprising new destination for many South Africans. 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, education, language abilities in English or French, and skilled work experience.

While not everyone will be able to immigrate to Canada, there are many options available for those who are interested. 

If you are living in South Africa and you are looking for a way to get into Canada the easy way with or without a college degree then look no further as this is the solution right here.

We need to first make you understand that moving to Canada is not anything easy and also it is something that requires a very long time of planning and overall dedication to make it work.

Also, the process can take a number of months and in some cases a few years. But if you know what options are available, you can improve your chances of success and avoid “pitfalls”, frustrations and delays. Here, you can learn how to move to Canada through permanent residence, working, visiting, and even studying in Canada.

Now, if you are living in South Africa in 2023, and you want to migrate to Canada here is the right way to go about it.

Express Entry Program

Canadian Immigration Program that allows immigrants to live and work in Canada as skilled workers through Express Entry. The new system will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to pro-actively assess, recruit, and select immigrants who are skilled and/or possess the relevant qualifications under federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Express Entry program will also allow individual provinces and territories to use the system in order to recruit suitable candidates as part of the Provincial Nominee Programs so that labour market demands are met.

Usually, this is one of Canada’s most popular programs, but we haven’t seen an FSW draw since December of 2020, and a CEC since September of 2021. There have also been slower processing times due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but we encourage you to continue to apply as things should be back to normal by some time in 2023.

Family Class Sponsorship

Family Reunification remains a cornerstone of Canada’s immigration policy. Families in Canada can sponsor their relatives to come to Canada on a permanent basis. In order to qualify to sponsor your relative, you have to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Also who you can sponsor is: your spouse and children under the age of 22 (there are some exceptions to this). Sponsoring your parents or grandparents is no longer an option at this time. However, you can bring them to Canada under the Super Visa Category.

LMIA Work Visa

Many applicants for Canadian immigration first get Canadian job offers, apply for a work visa and then on that basis, immigrate to Canada.

The LMIA involves securing a Canadian job offer, having the Canadian employer apply for an LMIA through Service Canada, and then the applicant applying for the work permit after the LMIA is approved. This is a very involved process but can lead to Canadian permanent residence.

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

The PNP route is becoming an increasingly popular way to immigrate to Canada. Canadian provinces such as Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and others have developed their own immigration programs that often lead to a fast-track process.

However, the PNP category generally requires that applicants reside in the respective Provinces after they arrive in Canada. Further, most PNPs require a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to qualify.

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
  • Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

Canadian Investor Immigration

The Investor Category is designed for high net worth individuals who have owned or managed businesses overseas. By allowing experienced business people to invest in the Canadian economy, they are contributing to Canada’s overall growth and prosperity.

There are essentially two investor programs in Canada: The Federal Investor Program and the Quebec program. Both programs are somewhat similar and require that the applicants have a high net worth and make a large investment in an approved investment fund for a 5-year period.

Investor immigrants can bring their spouses and children as dependents on their applications.

As of June 2014, applications still in the backlog of the federal Immigrant Investor Program and Entrepreneur Program were terminated. The Quebec Investor Program and Quebec Entrepreneur Program were not affected.ez.

Now lets talk about the different jobs available for you while in Canada if you immigrated from South Africa.

Federal Skilled Worker

For those with over one year of full-time paid work experience in a skilled profession AND higher than a high school level education.

Federal Skilled Tradesperson

For those with over one year of full-time paid work experience in a skilled trade and the ability to challenge a Canadian trades test.

Canadian Experience Class

For those with over one year of full-time paid work experience in a skilled profession AND higher than a high school level education.

Family sponsorship

For those married to a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, dependent children of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident or parents/ grandparents of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Entrepreneur programs

For individuals looking to purchase an existing business or open a new business in Canada and have at least three years of experience owning or operating a business.

Farming programs

For experienced farmers looking to purchase and operate a farm in Canada.

Provincial programs

For those individuals who meet the requirements of a specific provincial program such as work experience, a job offer, work in a specific occupation, a connection to the province or a certain score.

Work permits

For those looking to work in Canada. Some applicants will require a job offer while others may be exempt from requiring a job offer.

Study permits

For those who have been accepted into a recognized Canadian educational institution.

What is the cost of immigrating to Canada

The actual cost of immigrating to Canada is separate from the amount of settlement funds that an applicant may require as part of their application. If you are immigrating to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker for example, you would require both settlement funds and the amounts listed below. The below amounts include government fees and all application related fees, but excludes any other third-party fees such as moving costs or airline tickets. The below are estimations and can vary.

1 Family Member
R 22,525
2 Family Members
R 45,050
3 Family Members
R 50,015
4 Family Members
R 54,980
5 Family Members
R 59,945
6 Family Members
R 64,910
7 Family Members
R 69,875

For each additional family member: R 6,000*

*These amounts are an estimate and can fluctuate.