How to Immigrate from Spain to Canada

Do you want to know how to immigrate from Spain to Canada? Well, now you can thanks to our blog post. Canada is about to welcome no less than 400,000 immigrants in 2021 (yes, despite the Covid-19 pandemic) and a total of more than 1.2 million by 2023. As you can probably understand by now, Canada loves immigrants. So, don't you want to be one of them? Learn all you need to know about immigrating from Spain to the land of the maple leaf right here in our guide, from the best visa programs to necessary documents, medical exams, language tests, and more.   

Which Canadian Visa Program Should I Apply For? 

First off, do a little bit of research about visa programs in Canada, as there are over 100 different immigration streams and visa programs you can apply for. 

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Each of these has its own set of requirements. Some are specifically for international students, like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), which lets students who have graduated from Canadian universities have the chance to become permanent residents of the country.  

You must know the reason why you want to immigrate from Spain to Canada. Is it to study, work, or go on vacation? This can help narrow down your choice to find the right route for you to get to Canada. 

You can also do some research about these provinces or territories to find the one that has the right occupations, universities, or housing that fits what you are looking for.

Do you know where you want to live in Canada? Because you must know, that some visas or programs are only available in certain provinces and territories in the country.   

What Documents Do You Need?

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The documents and forms you need to bring to each visa program will be different depending on where you wish to immigrate to in Canada. 

Here is a list of general documents you will probably need to have with you to help with your journey. 

  • A medical exam (if applicable);
  • Police clearance (if applicable);
  • Biometrics;
  • Your NOC (National Occupational Classification) code;
  • ECA or Educational Credential Assessment (if applicable)
  • Language tests like TEF and IELTS; and
  • Your passport and ID

Applying for a Medical Exam in Spain

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If you are planning to stay in Canada for less than six months, you will probably not need to do a medical examination. But if you are planning to visit, work, or study for longer than that six month period, you will need to get it done. Just remember that Canada will only accept a medical exam from a doctor who belongs to the Canadian panel of physicians.    

But not to worry, here is a list of doctors that are approved by Canada, where to find them, and their contact details: 

Doctor Name City Contact Details
Jorge Caparros Ferrer Barcelona (34) 609 34 68 97 or 93 394 45 00
Anna Palau Del Aguila Barcelona 34-932522522
Ramon Navarro Canals Barcelona 34-932522522
Juana Torres Martinez Madrid (34-91) 3531416 or
Elisa Munoz Allende Madrid (34-91) 3531416 or 34 (91) 3531430

You need to bring the following to your medical exam:

  • ID or other documents that can be used for identification purposes;
  • Any medical reports that outline any existing medical conditions;
  • Medical report form 1017E; and
  • Four photographs of yourself if your doctor does not use eMedical

Please note that this medical exam will be valid for one year, so make sure that you apply for one that meets your time constraints.

Police Clearance

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If you plan to come to Canada, you will most likely have to complete a police clearance document. 

This is done to prove that you have no existing or outstanding convictions against you. Something as simple as a DUI can have a real effect on your immigration, so please be aware.

Your immigration program will outline whether you need these documents or not. If you need a police clearance certificate, here is what you must have.

  • A valid mail address;
  • Contact option like a phone number or email address;
  • A document that states your reason for coming to Canada;
  • Application forms given to you by your police station;
  • A document with a full set of fingerprints done in black ink, which includes:
    • Your name, date of birth, and your sex;
    • The name of the police station, the address you completed this document at; and
    • The name and signature of the police officer who helped you with this document

Please note that there will be an application fee for this document.

This process can take up to three weeks to complete after these documents are handed over to the Canadian Immigration office. 

If you wish to apply for a Criminal Record Check in Spain, you can at the following address:

Policía Nacional, Policía Científica between the times of 9-9-15 on Thursday

If you have any issues, you can contact the CCRTIS or Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services at

Biometrics in Spain?

First off, let's start by explaining what biometrics are. Biometrics in Canada is used for security purposes to see who comes in and out of the country.

It is a way to accurately keep track of people through facial and fingerprint recognition. Thankfully, it lasts for up to 10 years so you do not need to constantly reapply every year.  

When Do You Need Biometrics?

If you plan to come to Canada as a tourist, you do not need to complete your biometrics, but you need them if you want to work or study in the country.

You can either apply for biometrics online or at a Visa Application Centre of VAC. 

To apply at one of the branches of VAC you can use the following address in Madrid;

Address: Fernando El Católico 10 1B 28015 Madrid
Name: Canada Visa Application Centre International Organization for Migration
Open: 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00
Contact: +34 91 594 0525 +34 91 192 0677

Finding Your NOC Code

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Your NOC code is vital if you want to work in Canada. It shows you which visa programs you can apply for based on your occupation. You are given a four-digit number that matches your unique job.  

This NOC code also comes with several different levels that depend on your job type like:

  • Level 0 - which is mainly for management positions
  • Level A - which can be for management positions or professional workers that have university degrees
  • Level B - this can apply to people who have either a college degree or trade certificate
  • Level C - this refers to jobs that have specific requirements for either a high school degree or specific job training
  • Level D - this is mainly for jobs that can be taught in under six months and generally does not require a degree

If you want to see more specific jobs that fit under these levels, check out the table below:

Level 0 Level A Level B Level C Level D
Chief Of Anesthesia Finance Director Human Resources Manager Supply Chain Logistics Manager Computer Systems Manager
Accountant Stock Broker Advertising Consultant Mediator Management Analyst
Filing Clerks Supervisor Logistics Supervisor Administrative Officer Real Estate Secretary Property Underwriter
Agricultural Managers Registered Nurses Metal Workers Automobile Installers Sports Operators
Telephone Operator Mailroom Clerk Grocery Store Cashier Service Station Attendant Grocery Clerk
Cruise Line Passenger Attendant Food Counter Attendant Amusement Park Attendant Vehicle Cleaner Building Superintendent

If you want to find out what your NOC level and code is, you can check out the CIC website right here

ECA in Spain

If you plan to work or study in Canada, you will need to complete an ECA. 

The ECA or Educational Credential Assessment is used to see if your qualifications, like your degree, diploma, certificate, or other documents are of Canadian standard.

Depending on the reason you wish to move to Canada from Spain, there are different ECAs you can apply for. You can apply on the WES website to get an ECA. Just be aware of which of these documents you need before you go ahead.  

There is an ECA for immigration purposes that will cost around 130,75 euros and take around 20 business days to complete. If you want to study in Canada, as a first-year, the document will cost around 98 euros and take seven days to complete. 

Here is what the ECA for immigration purposes looks like.

sample WES ECA

Language Tests for Immigration

As we mentioned earlier, you generally need less documentation to apply if you only wish to visit Canada as a tourist.

But if you plan to study or work in the country, you will need to brush up on both your English and French language skills.

You can prove that you have the required language skills by taking the following tests.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for English; and the
  • TEF (Test d’evaluation francais) for French

If you wish to immigrate to Canada, you must make sure that you select the General option for both the IELTS and TEF tests.

Only in certain programs will you ever need to apply for the Academic versions of these tests. This would mainly be for graduates or those seeking to further their studies.  

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Always make sure you select the right language test for your specific immigration stream or program!

Fees for the IELTS test can be around 220 euros depending on where you take the test and the company you use.

Fees for the TEF tests in Spain will cost you around 307 euros, so make sure to budget appropriately.

These tests will involve the following sections:

Listening; and

When you complete your tests, you will be given scores that show your proficiency in each of these sections. The good news is, if you want to apply for Express Entry (EE), you can take these tests multiple times to help improve your score.  

Please note that these test results are valid for around five years in some cases, just make sure you know when you apply.  

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