Immigrating to Canada as a Professional: Three Important things to Note

There are multiple routes available to professionals looking to migrate legally to Canada. Regardless of your decisions for relocation, the fact remains that options exist. 

However, before you apply for that visa or that job, there are factors to consider first and we’ll explore them.

  • Ensure your claims on your CV are true: There’s no use saying you helped your company make 5 million naira when you know that's true because not only will you be expected to do double this work, but you'll also have to prove it. To be eligible for the Canadian immigration skilled workers route requires you to prove your work experience; basically get a reference letter. Imagine how much hassle you could have saved yourself if you had just made truthful claims on your CV.
  • Determine your National Occupational Classification (NOC) code: In Canada, jobs are classified under different categories and each category has a specific code. Depending on your job category, your NOC code will be the number under which your job is listed under in the canadian official job classification system. Knowing this code is important because it influences important things like which immigration program you are eligible for. 
  • Begin to network with other professionals: social media platforms like linkedin and twitter have made it possible to cross borders virtually before you physically do. On both social media channels, you can enter keywords like your industry plus desired country and you should be able to see professionals within that region. On twitter, you can also join professional communities where you can easily network with your peers in diaspora. This way, even though you might be green-eyed in a new city or looking to relocate, you already have a couple of professionals in your intended country/city, within your network.