How to Immigrate From Trinidad and Tobago to Canada

Do you know how to immigrate from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada? We do. Get all the details you need for your Canadian immigration. Because there are over 70 immigration programs in Canada at the moment, it can be quite difficult to find the right one for you. This is where we come in. Discover the Express Entry system, language tests, police clearance, biometrics and so much more right here.

The Express Entry System

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If you have done even a little bit of research about immigrating to Canada, then you will have heard of the Express Entry system.

Discover how to immigrate from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada with EE. With processing times of four months or less, the EE system makes immigrating to Canada a lot smoother and quicker through three main streams:

  • Skilled Trade Worker Stream;
  • Skilled Federal Worker Stream; and
  • Canadian Experience Class

EE has also introduced 6 new changes to to Express Entry to help make it even easier to apply for.

Steps for EE Canada

If you want to apply for EE, here is a simple checklist you can complete to get started.

EE Canada Checklist:

1. Find out if you can apply with an Online Evaluation
2. Complete valid language exams like IELTS for English and TEF for French;
3. Get an ECA or Educational Credential Assessment from WES;
4. Complete your Biometrics;
5. Locate your NOC (National Occupational Classification) job level and code;
6. Complete your EE profile on the CIC website;
7. Enter into the EE pool based on your CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking System)
8. Get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) from a province;
9. Apply for permanent residency within two months of your ITA
10. Pay your application and permanent residency fee;
11. Provide a police clearance form, health certificate and proof of funds; and
12. Ask your employer for a job letter to prove you have the correct work experience

What Documents Do You Need?

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Well the documents you need to bring with you depend on the program or visa your qualify for.

Most visa program will require you to have the following:

Medical Examinations;
Police Clearance;
An ECA;
Biometrics;
Language Test; and
Your ID, birth certificate and passport

Medical Examinations in Trinidad and Tobago

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In most cases, you will have to get a medical examination from an approved doctor from the Panel of Physicians in Canada.

Luckily, if you only intend to visit Canada for less than 6 months, you will not need a medical exam, unless you plan to work in certain jobs like

  • Nursing;
  • Teaching; or
  • Caregiving

Essentially, any job that puts you in close contact with the young or elderly will require you to get a medical examination.

If you need to have a medical examination in Trinidad, here are the details of an approved doctor.

City Name Doctor Name Contact Details Address
Port of Spain Ross Millar (868) 624-7395 66 Pembroke Street

What Should You Bring to Your Appointment?

You should make sure you bring the following to your appointment:

  • Medical report form IMM 1017E;
  • Any medical reports that talk about any pre-existing medical conditions;
  • Any forms of legal ID;
  • 4 passport size photographs in case Ross Miller does not use eMedical

Useful Information About Your Medical Examination

Your medical exam will only be valid for one year, so make sure that you do not apply for an immigration program when you know your examination will expire during the application process.

Make sure that you request a copy of your medical exam, because you must send all the original documents to Canada. They will not be returned to you!

How to Get Police Clearance in Trinidad

In most cases, Canada will ask you to get a criminal record check done before you come to the country, whether you are a student, caregiver, tourist or worker you will need a police clearance documents.

You can do this at your local police station. Contact details and addresses are as follows:

City Name Address Building Name Contact Details
Port-of-Spain Edward and Sackville Streets Police Administrative 868-627-4140

When you do go for your police clearance, do not forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Educational Credential Assessment in Trinidad

Many visa program will need you to prove that your educational qualifications are equal to Canadian standards. You can do this through an Educational Credential Assessment.

Where to Apply for Your ECA

You can apply for an ECA on the WES website. Just make sure that if you want to immigrate to Canada, you select the ECA for General purposes.

If you are international student hoping to get into a Canadian university, you must select the academic ECA instead.

The entire application process should take between 7 to 20 business days to complete.

The cost for your ECA should be around TTD673 for the ECA for Immigration purpose and TTD598 for the Academic ECA so make sure you budget appropriately.

Canadian Biometrics

If you have never heard of biometrics, they are a security measure used by Canada to see who comes into and out of the country using fingerprint and facial recognition technology.

Check out the video below to learn more about how the biometric system in Canada works.

You will need to get your biometrics done if you are between the age of 17 and 79. The good news is that your biometrics will be valid for 10 years after you apply.

Language Test

If you do plan to immigrate to Canada from Trinidad, you will need to complete two main language exams to qualify. These are the:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System); and
  • TEF (Test d’evaluation français)

You will not need to complete these tests if you plan to have a holiday or visit a relative of course, but if you plan to live, work or study in Canada you will need to take these language exams.

Language Test Costs

Of course, you have to make sure you know how much these language tests will generally cost. For the IELTS exam, on average you can expect to pay TTD1,602, while the TEF exam is around TTD2,377.

Please remember that these are estimates and, depending on where you complete your exams, the prices can vary.

Another useful hint is that for immigration purposes make sure you select the IELTS General and TEF General exams, NOT the Academic exams, unless you visa program specifies this.

PS you must know that your language results are generally only valid for up to two years and in some cases only one so make sure you know before going ahead with your visa application.

Find Your Job NOC Code

In case you didn’t know, certain immigration programs are only open to certain jobs. Because Canada divides its jobs into certain levels like 0, A, B, C, and D, it is an easy way for Canada to target certain industries that they need in the economy.

Below is a useful table that will give you an idea about what jobs fit under what NOC (National Occupational Classification codes.

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

Even if you do not see your job description here, do not worry. You can find your job NOC code and level on the cic website at this address https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/eligibility/find-national-occupation-code.html.

Choose Where You Want to Live in Canada

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This may seem like a pretty obvious step, but it is very important. Certain provinces in Canada offer visa streams and programs that no other area in Canada does.

A good example of this is the Quebec Skilled Worker program, that looks for talented francophone speakers who also happen to have experience in skilled occupations that meet the International recruitment standards of the Ministry of Quebec.

Another reason that this is such an important factor is that some provinces are known for certain industries.

  • Alberta is known for having one of the largest aerospace and defence sectors that contributes CAD$1.3B a year to Alberta's economy. The province is also known for its large engineering and construction sector
  • Saskatchewan is a province known for its farming industry and is one of the biggest wheat exporters, but is also known for mining 10% of Canada’s nuclear reactor fuel
  • Prince Edward Island’s biggest industries are in aerospace, agriculture, bioscience and fisheries and healthcare

So, before you make a final decision, do a little bit of research to find the province that is the right fit for you.

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