How to migrate to Canada without a formal education

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Do you know you can immigrate to Canada with or without a formal education? How? Follow this guide to know the best suitable visa for you.

On February, 2018, we came across a question on a forum, which might possibly be on the minds of so many people out there, particularly those who don’t have formal education in their country of residence, but are skilled, experienced. The intending Canadian immigrant asks:

“I am working as an Architectural draftsman from last 10+ years in Saudi Arab but I don’t have any formal education can I go to Canada on student visa on my experience basis? I am 28 years old.

In a situation whereby you don’t have any formal education, and still young, the best option for you to be eligible is to apply for Canadian Study Visa.


In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay.
Requirements for Canadian Study Visa

Issuance of study permit to foreign nationals by the Canadian Immigration Office is quite different from other immigration options.

To qualify for this, you must satisfy the following requirements:

1) You will first need to obtain an admission for a designated learning institution in Canada.

2) You will have to show financial evidence that shows that you have enough funds to pay for your tuition and to support yourself and the family members, in case you are coming with your family to Canada.

3) Also, in order for the Canadian Visa Officer to grant you a study permit, he must be convinced that you will be going back to your country of citizenship or country of residence at the end of your studies.

The third requirement above is very important as your failure to convince the visa officer that you will be going back to your country of residence at the end of your study programme may lead to the rejection of your application.

Sample of the reasons include that an employment is waiting for you after the completion of your study, your spouse and children are staying behind, and you will like to go back home to join after the completion of your study etc.


The fact that you stated any of the above reasons doesn’t mean that you cant apply for permanent residence. We have seen those who went on study visa, but applied for residence before the completion of their study, which was granted and thereafter got a job, and later moved their family to Canada.

So, the same strategy could be suitable for you, depending on your sole objective: to really study in Canada or to use your study as a conduit to obtain a permanent residence?

That depends on you.

In one of our previous posts entitled, Why are Nigerians relocating to Canada, U.S, Australia and other countries? We shared a story of a Nigerian, Uche Metuh, a Nigerian who immigrated to Canada on study visa in 2012, later got a temporary work permit and a permanent residence.

“I wanted to get my Masters degree.

“When I graduated, Canada gave me a 3-year work permit, and before that was up, I had applied to become a permanent resident and it was approved,” Uche said.

You too can learn from Uche.

Don’t forget that there is already a research that proves that Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) are gaining permanent residence in Canada, outcome of a research published on February 19, 2018, says.

It means you stand a better chance as well, if you don’t violate Canadian laws before the expiration of your stay and be sincere with the information you provided.

The duration and type of stay of TFWs in Canada are strongly restricted by the regulations governing their work permit terms, the research reads.

So, pay special attention to why you will be going back to your country of residence after your study programme.

“This is one of the most important parts of the application as the visa officer will not issue the study permit if he does not believe you will be going back home after your studies, visa application expert on immigration forum says.

Before you proceed, you can find more information on Canadian study permits on immigration dedicated website.

The next is for you to locate the best Canadian universities, colleges and language schools in Canada which is suitable for you.

You can begin your application by obtaining valuable information on everything you need to know about applying to study in Canada, obtaining study permits, study visas and temporary resident visas.

Canada houses 21 of the worlds top 500 universities and 32 in the top 1000; Canada is a good destination for studies and academic research.

Canada is said to welcome more than 300,000 international students who receive study visas to study in Canada each year. Isn’t that amazing?

You will have to pass through IELTS test.

IELTS is International English Language Testing System required of study visa applicant to pass before relocating to Canada.

Applicants, who are French speakers, must also pass through DELF and TEF language test scores.

And there are many post-secondary programs (Universities, Colleges) suitable to you in the sciences, engineering, business and the arts.

If your study visa application is granted, you can also be living and studying in Canada “within the best supportive academic environments.”

After graduation, as earlier stated, you may enter the Canadian labour force with qualifications that are recognized and respected the world over. A recognized study in Canada academic program can become your pathway to Canadian immigration known as Canadian permanent residence.

How to get a Canadian Student Visa

1. Find a University or College Program

2. Get Admission

3. Apply for study visa on Canadian immigration portal. Or send your Admission Approval Letter for Colleges to immigration agent, if you are planning of using one.

4. Apply for Study in Canada Visa.

Are you ready to begin your application to study in Canada (study permits)?


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