Thousands of people make the move to Canada each month, and many do so in pursuit of better employment opportunities and a higher quality of life. For Kenyans, the journey between Kenya and Canada in search of their dream job will require a working visa. Below, we break down what makes Canada so special, why so many Kenyans love the Great White North, and how you can get a Canadian working visa from Kenya via the fast-track Express Entry system.
Why Kenyans Love Canada?
First, Immigrants Feel Right at Home in Canada
Multiculturalism is at the very core of how Canada approaches the situation of immigrants. This is reflected in policies like the Express Entry program, in the representation of minorities in politics (Jagmeet Singh was one of Canadas’ most popular politicians in the last election) and celebrates diversity through institutions like the Aga Khan Museum which exhibits Islamic and Iranian art and Muslim culture.
Free Healthcare and Education
Who doesn’t want free healthcare? Canada’s very attractive, government-funded healthcare programs are enjoyed by all permanent residents of Canada. In addition, the cover extends to over the counter and prescription medication for residents of Ontario who are under the age of 25. In addition to your doctors’ bill being footed by the Canadian government, Canada boasts government-funded education for children of its permanent residents right through until secondary school. This is coupled with the fact that Canada is home to some of the world’s top universities, which is very reassuring if you are immigrating to Canada from Kenya with your kids in tow.
A Wealth of Job Opportunities
Canada is the second-largest country in the world, but it simply does not have a population large enough to support its rapidly expanding industries with enough skilled workers. Through programs like Express Entry, the Canadian government fast-tracks the immigration process of candidates who they deem to be suitable to fill gaps in the labour market. People who are moving from Nigeria to Canada can rest assured that there is a surplus of job opportunities in the True North.
How to Get a Canadian Work Visa With Express Entry (EE)
You’re probably excited about the prospect of a new adventure in Canada, but before you can apply for a work visa through Express Entry you need to establish whether or not you would be an eligible applicant. The eligible candidates include but are not limited to students, caregivers, business people, agriculture workers, and temporary workers. There are additional criteria that include but is not limited to the following:
- your stay in Canada and to return home
- have no record of criminal activity
- not be a danger to Canada’s security
- be in good health
- not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions
- not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages, and
- give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country