How to immigrate to Canada from Cameroon

CIC News | Over 100 immigration pathways are available for economic-class immigrants to come to Canada.

Before the pandemic, the number of Canadian immigrants who came from Cameroon was growing every year.

Between 2015 and 2019 the number of Cameroonian immigrants grew 45 per cent up to 2,950 new permanent residents. Coronavirus has affected these numbers significantly, as only 780 immigrants came to Canada from Cameroon by the end of the second quarter of 2020.

Statistics Canada reports that in 2016 there were at least 10,265 Cameroonians in Canada. Cameroon was also one of the top birth countries of Black newcomers through economic-class immigration between 2011 and 2016.

With over 100 economic-class immigration programs to choose from it can be daunting to know where to start. Here are just some of the pathways to Canadian permanent residence that Cameroonians can take.

Express Entry: The most common route

Most economic-class immigrants get permanent residence through Express Entry.

Express Entry is the system that manages the applications of the following three federal immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates are then given a score based on their work experience, education, age, and language proficiency in English or French. These points are commonly referred to as “Express Entry points” but they are officially called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The maximum number of CRS points that a person can get is 1,200 but most people fall somewhere under 500 without a provincial nomination, which will be explained later.

Canada then issues invitations called Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the highest-scoring Express Entry candidates. Once they receive their ITA, candidates can apply for permanent residence.

Provincial Nominee Programs: Tailored to immigrants who match regional labour market needs

Though the federal government has the final say in who gets to immigrate to Canada, the provinces are able to vouch for certain candidates through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

With the exception of Nunavut and Quebec, which has its own immigration program, all other Canadian provinces have a PNP. They may be “enhanced programs” where candidates need an Express Entry profile to qualify, or they may be “base programs” and deal directly with the provincial government.

Enhanced PNPs can be an option for Express Entry candidates who have lower CRS scores. Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination automatically receive 600 extra CRS points and are effectively guaranteed to receive an ITA.

Some PNPs, like Ontario’s Human Capital Category, do not necessarily require candidates to be in Canada in order to receive the nomination but will ask that candidates have work experience in certain occupations that fill gaps in the labour market.

Having French-language skills opens up doors to Canada

The province of Quebec is primarily French-speaking and offers its own immigration program that is tailored for francophones and bilingual candidates with high French-language proficiency.

Some PNPs also target French-speaking applicants, Ontario’s French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, for example. Nova Scotia has also invited French-speaking candidates through its Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Express Entry candidates can get up to 30 bonus points for speaking both English and French, even if French is your second language.

Find out if you are eligible for any Canadian immigration program

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  1. What has those who travelled there before achieved? Absolutely nothing, even worste through appartements or houses taken on credit they are indebted for ten twenty thirty years. This mean they will never be rich because thier future payment is already consumed. Infact they destroy thier capital every month and then start again from zero. But what about the children with no culture, language or spiritually they give birth to there? They will work and take thier own house on credit too because there is no wealth transmission through generations. So the circle of Poverty is perpetuated. The only way to break free is returning to Africa where capital accumulation is possible.

    • I fully agree with you Ba acho
      Immigration to Canada or wherever is not a solution to poverty.
      We should value our culture and create wealth and comfort in Africa.
      We should respect our dignity as Africans . We can also leave a more healthy and comfortable life here. Besides, we will always fall pray to discrimination and even racism in those countries.
      It is all about quality of life!
      A million Dollar question: How much money can make one happy?
      That immigration program is not intended to solve African poverty. It is a modern way of slavery.

    • @Bah acho and @Ana . that is a looser thinking. if you don’t know how to manage your credit , keep quiet. no one on this earth will really succeed without credit (except Fey-man and thief)but how do you manage your credit ? is very important. many of us use those credit to invest and get a largely return . don’t only look at the negative ones they are many many success stories with credit.

  2. CHAIRMAN,,,,you are being defensive instead of explaining to us in simple words, how you can accumulate say five million Canadian dollars through good credit management? Because in the world of today without capital accumulation, productive investment is simply impossible.let’s say you want to build an industrial zone in your village to produce corn, soybeans, sunflower, and then transform to finish products. Using the waste for animal and fish farming in the process creating wealth and jobs. How does taking a house on credit in Canada enable one to attain an objective like this that can make one a billionaire?

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