Interested in Migrating to Canada from Saudi Arabia
As of 2011, 13,515 immigrants from Saudi Arabia resided in Canada. The Canadian Embassy to Saudi Arabia notes the shared common interests on issues of peace and security between Canada and Saudi Arabia, which include "energy, security, and humanitarian affairs" (canadainternational.gc.ca).
Saudi Community in Canada
The majority of Saudi immigrants to Canada, about 67%, reside in Ontario, while 12% live in Quebec, and 8% in Alberta. Since 2005, Canada has become a desirable study destination for Saudi students. According to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, over 16,000 medical and non-medical students in Canada were from Saudi Arabia in 2014.
While a large number of Saudi immigrants to Canada enter as students, migrants may choose to become a Canadian permanent resident through a variety of pathways. One may immigrate as a worker, as a refugee, or be sponsored by a family member who is a Canadian permanent resident or citizen. Depending on your qualifications, you may be eligible to immigrate under one of these categories.
Working in Canada
Skilled workers who choose to immigrate to Canada from Saudi Arabia may apply for permanent residency under Express Entry. This program includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Based on your qualifications, you may choose to migrate as an investor or entrepreneur. Speaking to an immigration specialist may be helpful in determining the best program and visa for each individual.
Immigrants with family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be sponsored by relatives to immigrate to Canada. Therefore, having a parent, grandparent, child, or spouse in Canada may better the chances of successful immigration. Speaking to an immigration specialist may help you learn more about your eligibility for family class sponsorship.
Helpful Resources for Saudi Immigrants in Canada
- The mission of the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau (SACB) is to "enable young Saudi men and women to take advantage of the high quality education and training in Canadian post secondary institutions…by administering scholarships and providing…support services to ensure the cultural, educational, and social welfare of Saudi students and their families in Canada" (saudibureau.org).
- The Canadian Embassy in Saudi Arabia provides information on the immigration and visa application process.
- Additional information on the Canadian Embassy in Saudi Arabia- Riyadh.
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