Interested in Immigrating 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 who move 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.
Useful 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.