Interested in Immigrating from Colombia to Canada?
Colombian Community in Canada
As of 2011, 60,555 immigrants from Colombia were residing in Canada, and 150,580 Canadians claimed Colombian ancestry. They are the second largest Latin American immigrant group in Canada, preceded only by Mexican Canadians. From 2006 to 2015 alone, 43,982 Colombian immigrants became Canadian permanent residents. The majority of Colombian immigrants in Canada have settled in Ontario and Quebec, while significant populations have also grown in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Many Colombians have chosen to immigrate to Canada in search of security and better quality of life. Two of the major ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada are through employment and family sponsorship.
Working in Canada
Colombian immigrants who are skilled workers may choose to immigrate through Canada’s Express Entry Program. Express Entry is a direct pathway to permanent residency, and encompasses a variety of programs, including the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Many migrants have also elected to migrate as investors or entrepreneurs. Speak to an immigration lawyer to learn more about your eligibility for any one of these programs.
Immigrants often choose to move to Canada to join family members already residing there. If you have a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, such as a grandparent, parent, child, or spouse, you may be eligible to migrate under their sponsorship. An immigration lawyer can help you determine your eligibility for family-class sponsorship.
Resources for Colombian Migrants in Canada
- The Canadian Colombian Professional Association (CCPA) is a "not-for-profit organization where both, well-established and recently arrived Hispanic Professionals can find opportunities to develop their careers, build their network and stay connected."
- The Canadian Latin American Association (CALA) in Ontario is a non-profit organization with the goal of serving as a resource to the Latin American community in Canada, promoting cultural identity and integration.
- The Canadian Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia is a helpful resource in providing information about the immigration and visa application process.
- Learn more about the Canadian Embassy in Colombia.
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