How to Immigrate From Brazil to Canada

Have you had enough of São Paulo? Does Rio not have the appeal it once had? Maybe you just want a break from Brazil? If this sounds like you, you are in luck because Canada could be just the change you need. However, packing up your life for a new home in a foreign country can be a very difficult task so many just settle for what they already have. This is where we come in with our handy how to immigrate from Brazil to Canada guide. 

The following article is the one-stop destination for all your queries about Canadian immigration. Together with our help, we can get you to Canada in the fastest possible time. So let’s get started. 

Step 1 - Choose The Right Immigration Program

Simple enough, but many make this mistake. It is really important to take the time to look at your immigration needs before you decide on a particular program. It will help improve your chances at success when you know exactly what program is best suited to your particular skill set.

There are over 70 immigration programs to choose from so narrowing them down can be a very difficult task. If you are interested in immigrating to a particular province, we advise you to take a look at the province’s various nomination programs. For instance, if you want to join the thriving Brazilian community in Toronto, do research on Ontario’s Provincial Nomination Programs here.

Once you have narrowed down your options, it's time to prepare your documents for your application. Remember, this guide is about how to immigrate from Brazil to Canada quickly.

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Step 2 - Get Your Credentials Assessed

Your educational background is essential information for your Canadian immigration application. For this reason, you need to get all of your certificates, degrees, diplomas, licenses, and qualifications verified by accredited organizations to prove that they meet Canadian standards. Remember, this is only for qualifications you received from outside of Canada, so if you graduated from a Canadian institution, you do not need to have those documents verified. 

You can get your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done here:

WES - World Education Services
ICAS - International Credential Assessment Service
IQAS - International Qualifications Assessment Service
ICES - International Credential Evaluation Service

Remember, your ECA is only valid for 5 years, so plan your application wisely. Also, don’t forget that you must use your original transcripts for the assessment.

Step 3 - Complete Language Tests

Canada is a bilingual country, meaning both French and English are official languages here. The Canadian government needs to know how well you can read, speak, listen, and write in both these languages to determine if you can adapt to living in Canada. It makes sense right? You need to understand the language of Canadians in order to successfully live amongst them.

To prove your language abilities you need to take tests approved by the Canadian government, these are IELTS for Englishand TEF for French. The higher you score in the tests the better your chances are at the immigration. So brush up on your English and French!  

Step 4 - Create Your Online Profile

If you want to immigrate to Canada quicklyunder Express Entry, a PNP, or the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you will need to be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA). Here we discuss how to get an early ITA.

First, you need to create your online profile. Based on your personal information you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt, and language skills (see we told you your IELTS and TEF scores are important!).    

Once your profile has been completed and your CRS has been calculated, you will be placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. The Canadian government regularly draws candidates from this pool to issue ITAs based on particular needs and shortages in the country. Seeing as Canadian immigration is a merit-based system, candidates with the highest CRS scores get issued ITAs first. So once your CRS score meets the minimum cut-off point for a particular draw you will be issued your very own invitation to apply.  

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Step 5 - Prepare Your Documents

You only have two months, 60 days, to accept your ITA which means you need to have the rest of your application ready as soon as possible. We recommend that you start to prepare all the relevant documentation while you wait for your ITA. 

You will need the following documentation for your visa application:

  • Medical exam;
  • Police clearance certificate;
  • Six months bank statement;
  • Letters of reference;
  • If applicable:
    • Marriage, divorce, and death certificate
    • Birth and adoption certificate for children
  • All pages of your passport;
  • Photographs taken according to a specific format;
  • Travel and living history of the past ten years; and
  • Biometrics (starting December 31, 2018)

Most of these documents are pretty self-explanatory. Below we will take a look at some of the more complex documents in greater detail.

Medical Exam

If you want to become a permanent resident of Canada you need to take a medical exam to see if you are fit for life in Canada. The most important thing you need to know about your medical exam is that only a select few individuals can administer the tests. The Canadian government identifies these people as panel physicians, tests administered by anyone else will no be accepted.

Here is a list of the panel physicians in Brazil. 

City Name Physician’s Name Contact Details
Belo Horizonte Joao Mendes Alvares (55 31) 3213-7172
Belo Horizonte Juliana Cancado (55 31) 3292 3938
Brasilia Rafael de Oliveira +55 61 3245 3133
Brasilia Francisco Airton Borges de Oliveira +55 61 3245 3133
Curitiba Silvia Gusso Scremin (55 41) 3224 2399
Curitiba Eloa Gusso + 55 (41) 32246422
Fortaleza Dirk Screen (55 85) 32612926
Porto Alegre Antonio Euclides Vidal Pozzer 55 51 3311 7757
Recife (PE) Paulo de Almeida (55 81) 3423 1825
Rio de Janeiro Ronaldo Galdino Campos (55 21) 2548-9966
Rio de Janeiro Alexandre Buescu (55 21) 2527-3477
Salvador Luiz Augusto Biscaia (55 71) 3203-2222
Sao Paulo Ana Maria Misael Da Silva +55 (11) 55435086
Sao Paulo Adriana Zatta +55 (11) 55435086
Sao Paulo Dankwart Schreen (55 11) 2151-5114
Sao Paulo Ib Valdemar Andersen (55 11) 5543-5086
Sao Paulo Joao Jorge Leite (55 11) 3661-9522

Police Clearance Certificate

Like the Medical Certificate, you must submit a police clearance certificate along with your immigration application for permanent residence. This is so that Canada can ensure the safety of its citizens with the big intake of newcomers. Getting this document is pretty standard for immigration to any country so don’t be offended. 

In Brazil, the document you need to apply for is called a Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais and it is issued by the Brazilian Federal Police. You will need to visit the official Brazilian Federal Police website for instructions on how to apply. Unfortunately, the website is only available in Portuguese, so if you can’t understand the language you should make sure a trusted friend helps you through the process. 

You will need the following to apply for your Certidão de Antecedentes Criminais:

  • Brazilian ID card (Registro Geral (RG) or Cédula de Identidade de Estrangeiro (CIE));
  • Cadastro de Pessoa Fisica (CPF);
  • Passport number; and
  • Applicable fees


Many of you may be confused with what Biometrics is. Basically, it is just another way for Canada to verify your identity, this time using your fingerprints and facial recognition technology. For now, if you have Brazilian citizenship, you do not have to bother with Biometrics unless you apply for permanent residence after the 31st of December, 2018. 

Step 6 - Submit Your Canadian Visa Application

Now that you have received your ITA and all of your documents have been prepared you finally need to submit your application for permanent residence. Remember to include all the documentation mentioned above and, if Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) asks to resend documentation, you must do so.

Throughout your application, you must be truthful. If your submitted application does not match your online profile or if you lied about information, your application will be denied and thrown out of the immigration system. 

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Step 7 - Get Your Canadian Visa Stamped in Your Passport

This is the final step in our how to immigrate from Brazil to Canada guide! Once you have received your confirmation of permanent residency, after you submitted your application, you need to get your Canadian Visa stamped in your passport.

Take your passport to get stamped with some extra photographs and a small fee to the VFS (Visa & Permit Facilitation) center and within a week you will get your passport back. Finally, you are on your way to living your Canadian dream! 

How We Can Help You Immigrate from Brazil to Canada Quickly

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