How to Immigrate from Mexico to Canada

There are many reasons to consider moving to Canada, from better work opportunities, a great education system, free healthcare for you and your family to living in safe and happy neighborhoods. Because we know that the Canadian immigration process can be really confusing and complex, we have created a simple guide to help you on your way to make your immigration easier and smoother.    

Whatever your reasons for wanting to move to a new country and start a new life, here is how to immigrate from Mexico to Canada using these simple-to-follow steps.  

Step 1 - Choose Where You Want to Immigrate

map of Canada and its provinces

This may seem like a really obvious thing, but it is important because each of the 13 provinces and territories in Canada have different visa programs, job markets and natural resources that could have an impact on your choice. 

If you have a family, then maybe you should consider the French speaking province of Quebec that has some of the best family support programs. Quebec puts a lot of emphasis on cheaper daycare and additional schooling programs to help children with learning difficulties. Just make sure that your language skills in French are up to standard as the province puts great importance on this as a qualifying factor.

Other provinces have more job opportunities in certain fields, like New Brunswick, which has one of the largest seafood industries in Canada making up 11.4% of all fisheries and seafood production in the country, or British Columbia which has one of the largest forest and milling industries and accounts for 24% of all merchantable wood. 

Step 2 - Research Visa Programs

researching in the library

Research which immigration program is the easiest way for you to move to Canada from Mexico.  

There may be a visa option that is designed for your set of skills, experience, and education. Remember that Canada invites applicants based on the countries’ needs and not a first come first served basis. 

For example, Gloria is a talented computer programmer who recently graduated from university and has three years of work experience that she got while studying.

Gloria found out she could apply for an immigration program called the Global Talent stream who hires skilled workers for Canadian companies with a processing time of two weeks or less. 

If Gloria found her niche, why can’t you? Canada may need your skill set.

There are over 70 immigration programs in Canada at the moment and each of them have their own unique requirements and processing times.

Some of the more popular visa programs are
Federal Skilled Worker Program;
Federal Skilled Trades Program;
Canadian Experience Class;
Student Visa;
Family Sponsorship Program; and
Provincial Nomination Program

If you want to know more about any of the visas mentioned above, just sign up here and we will call you about how the application process works.

Step 3 - Know General Visa Requirements

We have mentioned that each program has their own set of requirements you need to meet before you can apply but most of these programs have some similarities.

In most cases you will need to: 

  • Know your NOC (National Occupational Classification) job code and level. Canada has five main job levels 0, A, B, C, D and E that categorize each job type from managerial to labourers. There is also a four digit code that goes with each specific job.
  • Have relevant work experience in the job (this does not apply to students or dependants) and sometimes you can score higher for immigration points if you have Canadian work experience rather than foreign work experience.
  • Have the right language skills in French and English that you can prove through exams like IELTSand TEF (Make sure that you take the General exams and not the Academic unless you wish to apply for Masters courses in Canada).
  • Have an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) to prove that your job cannot be filled by a Canadian worker (This is normally handled by your employer who has offered you a valid job offer).
  • A clean criminal background check with no pending cases against you, yes even a DUI can be a major issue when applying for a Canadian visa. You will be asked to have a Police Clearance document done when you apply for a visa.

Step 4 - Arrange Necessary Documents

Of course, there are certain documents you will need in most visa applications. Here is a simple list of documents you should have on hand when you start the application process.  

Don’t forget to bring:
Your ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, or other relevant form or identification;
A Medical Examination results from an approved doctor from Canada’s Panel of Physicians;
Valid language results from IELTS and TEF exams;
Police Clearance Certificate from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) if you plan to apply for Express Entry select an ECA for Immigration purposes; and
Biometrics from the 31 December 2018 when you plan to study, work or live permanently in Canada for longer than six months

A Useful But Simple Tip

Just remember to make sure that all your ID documents are up to date and will not need to be renewed during the application process. Sometimes your passport number or other information is linked to your application, so if your passport number changes, there may be issues with your application.

Just double check all your identity documents and make sure that there will be enough time during your application process before any of the documents expire. 

Step 5 - Apply for Language Exams like IELTS and TEF

English exam paper

There are two main exams you can take to prove that you can speak in both English and French. These are the IELTS and TEF exams that test your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

If you are immigrating to Canada, you should take the IELTS General test in most cases, as the Academic exam is generally not accepted for most visa programs in the country. The exam itself is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. 

Many companies in Mexico offer exam venues from Aguascalientes to Yucatan. You can expect to pay around 3,230 to 5000 pesos for an IELTS though this depends on which company you go through like IELTS Exam Net or the British Council.

This also applies to the TEF, where you should avoid the Academic version, unless your specific visa program specifies it. The exam is 2 hours and 55 minutes long, with most of the time being allocated to the reading and writing sections of the exam.

Cost for the TEF can range from 6132 to 8815 peso depending on which company you use.

After You Get Your Scores

When you get your language results they will be translated into scores using the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) for IELTS which groups your scores into bands from 0 to 9 for your reading, listening, writing and speaking.

Your scores from TEF will be translated using the NCLC or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien.  

Step 6 - Find Your NOC Code and Level

If you plan to work in Canada, you need to know how to find your NOC code and level to see which visa programs you can apply for with your current job.

The process is quite easy for this, all you need to do is go to the IRCC website and type in your job description, for example, as an Ironworker you belong to level B and its four-digit code is 7236.  

find your NOC code Canada

You will then see the NOC level and job code displayed on your screen and have to option to click on the link provided to see more information about the job description and other information.

Step 7 - Get Ready for Medical Exam

In most cases, you will not need to have a medical exam if you plan to visit and stay in Canada for less than six months.

But if you plan to come to Canada for an extended stay, you will need to have a medical exam done by a doctor who is on the board of physicians in Canada. Here is a list of doctors you can use in Mexico who fit this description.

City Name Doctor Name Contact Details
Ciudad Juarez Gerardo Jesus Barrera Moreno (656) 227-2800
Ciudad Juarez Jesus Anibal Acosta Loya (656) 688-2700
Ciudad Juarez Joaquin Cervantes Aguirre (52) 656 227 2800
Mexico City Maria Elena Garza Malacara (5255) 2624 0630
Mexico City Roberto Manuel Assael Pontremoli (55) 2624 0630
Monterrey Elias Garcia Cantu (81) 8114-6058

Things You Need For Your Medical Exam

For most medical examinations you will need to bring:

A legal form of identification like your ID, passport or other valid legal documents;
A report for any medical conditions you have currently or any recent x-rays;
Your glasses or contact lens;
The medical report form IMM 1017E; and
4 recent photographs if your doctor does not use the eMedical system

Please note that your medical exams are valid for one year only and cannot be used for your application after this time.

Step 8 - Make Sure You Need Biometrics

If you already have a valid Canadian visa or intend to visit Canada before the 31st of December 2018, you will not need to complete your Biometrics. You will only need to have an ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization for short stay periods.

But first, let's explain what Biometrics is. Biometrics are a security system put in place by Canada to help monitor and identify the people who visit or stay in Canada. This is done through fingerprint identification and facial recognition. 

If you want to learn more about this system, here is a short video about how this system works.

Step 9 - Learn About eTA

Electronic Travel Authorizations are a useful way to have a short term stay in Canada for work, study or vacation purposes. Please note that you only need this if you arrive in Canada by air, not when you travel overland or by sea.

A good thing about the eTA is that it is valid for five years and lets you visit Canada for up to six months, if approved by the Canadian border services.

You can apply for an eTA online which should cost you no more than 102.50 pesos.

All you need to apply for an eTA is:

A valid debit or credit card;
Your passport;
Online application form found on the CIC website; and
A valid email account

Just make sure that your passport does not expire soon, as your passport number is linked to your eTA, so if your passport expires in six months, your eTA will no longer be valid.

Let Us Help You Immigrate from Mexico to Canada 

Immigration to Canada can be both complex and confusing. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only optimize your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will receive expert advice on which program is best for your personal needs. Our RCICs are registered with the ICCRC and are legally permitted to assist you by evaluating your eligibility, reviewing all documentation, and submitting it to the Canadian government on your behalf. Don't risk your chances of living your Canadian dream. Let us make sure that all forms are completed correctly and sent in on time.

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