How to Immigrate from the United Kingdom to Canada

Have you ever wondered about how to immigrate from the United Kingdom to Canada? Now you can get all the answers with our comprehensive guide. Learn all you need to know to start your journey to the Great White North. 

The first and most important thing is to choose where in Canada you want to live as this will have a bearing on whether or not you may be able to secure a provincial nomination, or if you may eligible for an entirely different immigration program.

Once you know where you want to live and work, you will need to find out whether you are eligible for Canadian immigration, and which immigration program would be the best route for you to take.

This quick step by step guide will give you a general idea of the process you will go through when you apply for permanent residency in Canada:

  • Meet the basic requirements to apply
  • Get your documents ready
  • Apply for a medical examination;
  • Apply for language exams
  • Get police clearance;
  • Biometrics for Canada

Step 1 - Know Where You Want to Live

downtown vancouver canada

Because Canada has 13 different provinces and territories to choose from, you must find a province that is the perfect fit for you. For example, if you are a computer software programmer, you should consider the province of Alberta because it has been called the silicon valley of Northern America. Not to mention that most people in the tech industry get paid at least 35% better in Alberta than anywhere else in Canada.

Another reason you should think hard about your choice is that there are a number of immigration programs that are only offered in certain places in Canada. An example of this is the Atlantic Pilot Program which lets skilled and semi-skilled workers immigrate to PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador with a very limited set of requirements.    

We can put you in touch with one of our account managers who can give you more information about each province’s visa programs so you don’t have to do the research yourself. Simply click on the chat box in the bottom right corner of your screen to start chatting with one of our agents.

These are popular visas and programs to apply for:

Skilled Federal Worker Program;
Canadian Experience Class;
Tourist Visas
Super Visa;
Provincial Nominee Programs; and
Study Permits

Because Canada intends to invite over 2.2m people by 2023, there are more than 100 immigration streams and programs that have been created and optimized to help assist with finding skilled workers from around the world. The programs above are just a few of the more popular ways that people have made Canada their home over the years.

Step 2 - Basic Requirements

The majority of all visas, programs, or categories will make sure that you meet at least the following criteria.

One, you have no criminal record or any pending cases against you. This can be anything from a DUI charge to not paying alimony. You can apply for a Police Clearance Certificate to make sure that you have no outstanding charges against you.

Two, most visas for work will require that you have the right amount of work experiencein your field. Applications will state the NOC (National Occupational Classification) level and code you can apply for, for example, the Federal Skilled Worker Program lets you apply if you have a job under NOC level 0, A, or B.

Three, if you plan to live in Canada as a permanent resident, then you must prove that you can speak at least one of Canada’s two official languages, English and French.

You must be prepared to take exams to prove your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in these two languages. The exam you can take for English is the IELTS General (International English Language Testing System) exam.

You must only take the IELTS Academic exam if you plan to study in Canada.

An accepted French exam is the TEF (Test d'evaluation), just make sure you also select the General exam for immigration purposes.

Step 3 - Collect Your Documents

In most cases, the documents you need to immigrate from the United Kingdom to Canada are the following.

You must bring:

A legal ID;
Your birth certificate;
Drivers license (if applicable);
Police clearance certificate;
Language exams for French and English; and

Step 4 - How to Get Police Clearance in the U.K.

british police car

Here is an easy way to make sure you apply for a police clearance from the U.K. without any trouble.

If you are a citizen or resident of the U.K., you can apply for a police certificate through the ACRO. You will need to supply the following:

  • Proof of residence;
  • Your passport;
  • Colour copies of your ID or passport;
  • An email address;
  • Address history for the past 10 years;
  • The U.K. National Insurance or Driving Licence number; and
  • Endorser details (family members do not count!)

The cost of this police certificate is £45 and comes with a processing time of 10 days. You can apply for an express service for £80 which will allow you to receive your certificate within two days.

You can contact them at the following address and times

Address Operating Times Mon-Fri Phone Number Email Address
ACRO, PO Box 481, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 9FS, United Kingdom 7.30am-7.30pm +44 (0)2380 479 920

Step 5 - Apply for a Medical Examination in the U.K.

You cannot apply for a medical exam from just any local GP. You must make sure that your doctor belongs to the Canadian Panel of Physicians. They are the only ones who can administer an accepted medical exam for immigration purposes.

Don’t know where to find one? Not a problem. Here is a list of accepted doctors, their contact numbers, and where you can locate them.

City Name Doctor Name Contact Information
Birmingham Simon Butler 0121 523 1807 or
Birmingham Stephanie Dawe 0121 523 1807
Birmingham Rebekah Sarah Dobson 0121 523 1807
London Teng Fong or +44 207 486 7868
London Rebekah Sarah Dobson 0121 523 1807
London Cliona O’Connell +44 207 486 7868
London Ying-Young Hui +44 207 486 7868
London Anabil Chowdhury +44 207 486 7868
London Michael J. Clarke +44 207 486 7868
London Anin Cronje +44 207 486 7868
London Michaela Schuhwerk +44 207 486 7868
Manchester Brendon Smith 0161 272 5895
Manchester Sophie Bohme 0161 272 5895
Manchester Rebecca Houghton 0161 272 5895
Manchester Samuel Joseph Houghton 0161 272 5895
Manchester Thomas Hodson 0161 272 5895
Plymouth Robert Charles Cook 0800 121 8838
Plymouth Christopher Paul Fletcher 0800 121 8838

You should know that your medical exam will only be valid for one year.

What do you need to apply?

You must bring the following for your medical exam:

౦ A valid form of ID like your passport or driver’s license;
౦ Medical report form IMM 1017E;
౦ Any medical reports you have about an existing medical condition; and
౦ Four passport size photographs (if your doctor does not use the eMedical system)

Step 6 - Languages Exams for Immigration

As we mentioned earlier you can apply for an IELTS General exam for English and TEF exams for French. General exams are only for immigration purposes.

Depending on which company you apply with the costs for your exams can vary. For example, if you apply with the London Language Exam Centre the IELTS exam will cost up to £165.

Your TEF exams will cost around £345 if you apply with the Alliance Française de Londres but there are other companies you can apply with.

Language exams are valid for two years when you apply for Canadian immigration, make sure your results are valid before you apply.

Step 7 - Biometrics

If you do not know what biometrics are, it is the new identification system Canada has introduced this year. It is an easy way to show who comes into and leaves the country’s borders.

This is done through facial and fingerprint identification and is valid for up to 10 years.

Below is a short video that will help to introduce you to the system

How We Can Help You Immigrate from the United Kingdom to Canada

With a number of immigration and visa options to choose from, the process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms, and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. 

We take care of the fine print while you choose your dream destination in Canada for you and your loved ones. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.

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