How to Immigrate to Canada from Germany

Canada and Germany have a lot in common. Just like the Germans, Canadians love their sports (ice hockey), pubs, outdoor activities, cheesy dishes, and families. The two countries are known for their stunning diverse landscapes and natural wonders. Canada and Germany are both first-world countries with two of the top ten biggest economies in the world.  

When it comes to big sectors such as manufacturing, engineering, electronics, and ICT, Germany outperforms most of the world. Canada just so happens to have an ongoing demand for highly qualified workers that enable our economy to deal with technological changes, carry out research and development, and create innovations and jobs. Germany is a great source for skilled workers.

Canada plans to welcome over 1.2 million newcomers by 2023 (more than 400,000 in 2021 alone) and the majority of them will be economic immigrants. Find out how you can immigrate to Canada from Germany to start a new life in The True North.   

Immigration & Visa Options for Germans

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Currently, there are over 100 immigration and visa programs available in Canada. Most foreign nationals who work or study in Canada automatically qualify for even more of these immigration programs because of their Canadian education and work experience. Discover the top 3 most popular paths to live and work in Canada from Germany below. 

1. Express Entry for Skilled Workers

About 86% of Germans have upper secondary qualifications. For this reason, the Express Entry route will be the best choice for skilled Germans to move to Canada. It’s one of the fastest ways to get a permanent resident visa in Canada because applications are processed in as little as 6 months and you don’t necessarily need a job offer to apply! So, what type of skilled workers can qualify for Express Entry? Find out below.  

National Occupation Classification (NOC) Codes

Jobs in which applicants from overseas have experience are grouped in different categories based on the type of duties and responsibilities. The main skilled worker groups are:

NOC A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university, such as doctors, dentists, developers

NOC 0: management jobs such as restaurant managers, mine managers, and IT managers

NOC B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice, such as chefs, electricians, and plumbers

How Does Express Entry Work?

In a nutshell, you must first create an online Express Entry profile. Your profile will be ranked against a points-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You will be given a score for eligibility criteria such as your age, amount of work experience, level of education, your spouses’ credentials, etc. The highest-scoring candidates receive Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in bi-weekly draws. If you receive an ITA then you can submit an application for permanent residency to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  

The ideal Express Entry candidate would meet the following requirements:

  • Be under 30 years old
  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, or a Trade Certificate
  • Be able to demonstrate moderate to high English and/or French language proficiency
  • Have at least three years of skilled work experience

Other factors that can really boost your chances of receiving an ITA include:

  • Higher language proficiency in English and/or French
  • Bilingualism in French and English
  • A Master’s degree or Ph.D. education
  • Canadian work or educational experience
  • A Canadian brother or sister currently residing in Canada
  • An arranged employment offer from a Canadian company
  • A nomination from a provincial nominee program

2. The Global Talent Stream

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The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is designed for highly skilled workers in occupations such as computer programming, information system analysis, and software engineering to get Canadian work permits quicker than ever before! Usually, it can take months to get a work permit but if you apply through the GTS, you could be living and working in Canada in as little as 2-weeks! 

How do you qualify?

To be eligible for this stream, you must have a job offer from a Canadian employer and the Canadian employer must be hiring to fill a position on the Global Talent Occupations List, a list of high-skilled, in-demand occupations. 

3. Working Holiday Visa

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Germans are known for their huge hunger for travel. According to The Telegraph, Germans spend more on foreign travel than any other nation and collectively take more than 70 million holidays! So, if you’re a young German between the ages of 18-35 looking for your next big holiday adventure, consider the Working Holiday Visa.

It allows you to travel to Canada and find temporary paid employment to help finance your trip for up to 12 months! Since Canada is such a big country this is a great option to explore all the best sights and cities in the country. 

All you need to apply for are a valid German passport, a minimum of CAD$2,500 to cover your initial expenses, and health insurance for the duration of your stay.   

Why Move to Canada from Germany?

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1. Lower Taxes

Nearly half of a single person's income goes towards taxes and social security contributions in Germany. On the bright side, citizens do receive a lot in return from the government such as free healthcare, university education, and childcare. But those who prefer less government involvement can find it in Canada. You can still enjoy excellent public healthcare and education among other social benefits in Canada but taxes are a lot less and private services are more dominant.

2. Healthcare System

The healthcare system in Canada is more flexible. You can be covered by Medicare, Canada’s excellent public healthcare system, and choose to get additional private health insurance or gap cover for non-medically necessary healthcare such as optometry and cosmetic dental care. You don’t need to pass a certain income threshold to be eligible for private health insurance.

3. Cheaper cost of living

You will pay almost 77% less for basic utilities in Canada. Utilities like water, gas, garbage, and electricity cost an average of $140 but in Germany, these same utilities add up to about $250. Buying a house or car and public transportation is more affordable in Canada too, although groceries can be more expensive due to transportation costs since the country is so vast.   

Ready to embark on a new, exciting, and life-changing journey?

If it’s a change of scenery you’re after, Canada can provide you an endless amount of breathtaking views. From the long, winding coastlines and beautiful national parks filled with outdoor activities to the hip pub and restaurant scenes, you’ll soon understand why thousands choose Canada every year. In this blog, we only mentioned three of more than 100 immigration paths that you can take to immigrate to Canada from Germany. If you’re ready, join German expats in Canada, hailing from all corners of Germany - Hamburg, Berlin to Munich!   

Complete an online eligibility assessment to find the right path to Canada for you and your loved ones with visa professionals.