How to Immigrate to Canada from Vietnam in 2021

Finding a pathway to Canada that is not only suited to your individual needs but will give you the best chances of success in the visa application process as well as leading to permanent residency, is not an easy task to undertake on your own. 

With over 100 immigration programs and visa streams to choose from, it can become quite a mammoth and lengthy process, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Canadian immigration system. 

Thousands of newcomers immigrate to Canada every month through programs or systems such as Express Entry, Canada’s leading immigration system. But what are the top ways that Vietnamese immigrants have found success in making Canada their new home? More than 240,615 Vietnamese people are already living and working in Canada. Wouldn’t you like to join them and enjoy all the benefits that this bountiful, friendly country has to offer?

In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can immigrate to Canada from Vietnam in 2021, despite the effect of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Take a look at our top 3 ways for Vietnamese to find their way to the True North, below. 

Top 3 Way to Move to Canada from Vietnam

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As we’ve mentioned before, there are well over 100 immigration and visa options available to those who want to relocate to Canada. What you may be asking yourself is, “Why should I apply for a visa now when all the borders are still close?”. The simple answer is that immigration is not a quick process. The quickest immigration application processing times are anywhere between two to six months, but it can take up to 12 months, depending on the program you apply through. Once the borders reopen, most candidates will be rushing to apply for their Canadian visas and the last thing that you want is to be stuck in a long virtual queue and government officials sift through thousands of applications. But let’s take a look at some of the top ways that Vietnamese are immigrating to Canada.  

1. Express Entry

The Express Entry system has been and still remains Canada’s most efficient and successful immigration system since 2015. Managing three federal economic immigration programs, the Express Entry (EE) system helps skilled foreign workers find their pathway to Canada, no matter their skill level, in as little as 6 months! Sound like something you may be interested in? Let's take a look at your options.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) was created to assist highly skilled professionals to find their way to Canada to pursue new career and life opportunities. This means that if you working in a managerial role, for example, or an occupation that generally requires some form of higher education such as a Degree or Diploma, the FSWP may be the right option for you!

The Federal Skilled Worker Program has its own initial scoring system, unlike the other two programs managed by the EE, which requires that you score a minimum of 67 out of 100 FSWP points to be able to be entered into the Express Entry draws. These draws take place every two weeks where an average of anywhere between 3,500 to 5,000 applicants are invited to apply for permanent residency every draw.

Federal Skilled Trade Program

The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) was created to help skilled trade workers immigrate to Canada. So if you’re an electrician, butcher, or plumber, for instance, this may be a fantastic opportunity for you to apply for permanent residency in Canada!

The FSTP is ranked according to the Comprehensive ranking System (CRS) and is based on factors such as your age, work experience, language abilities (English and/or French), and ability to easily settle down in Canada. You will also require a full-time non-seasonal job offer in Canada to qualify for this program. 

Canada Experience Class

The Canada Experience Class (CEC) is the perfect pathway for immigrants who have already worked in Canada and would like to settle down permanently. You will need to have worked in Canada for at least 1 year, as well as meet the general requirements of the Express Entry System.

Once you have selected which program you qualify for, you can create an online Express Entry profile, which will be valid for 12 months. Your profile will automatically be entered into draws until it expires, you are offered an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency, or whichever comes first.

To receive an ITA, you will need to score the same as or higher than the CRS cut-off score, which is determined by the level of other applicants in your draw pool.

An additional advantage of applying through the Express Entry system is that you can always improve your score, giving you a greater chance of success in your visa application from Vietnam.  

2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

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The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) helps international workers who are qualified and experienced in specifically in-demand job sectors of the province or territory you are expressing interest in. 

To qualify to apply through a PNP you will need a full-time non-seasonal job offer that’s valid for at least one year. If successful in your visa application, you will get a Provincial Nomination (PN) which could boost your application to the top of the pile when applying for permanent residence in Canada.

For faster processing times through the PNP try applying through an Express Entry-linked PNP stream, as it will give you a better chance of immigrating to Canada from Vietnam.  

Provincial Nomination (PN) through Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). A PN is worth 600 extra permanent residency points, which could give you the edge you need to over other Express Entry applicants. 

A province that has some of the fastest visa processing time is British Columbia. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has an average visa processing time of approximately two to three months, which is nearly half that of the Express Entry System!    

3. Student Direct Stream

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The Student Direct Stream is a federal initiative to help talented international students get fast-track study permit processing so that they can arrive in Canada and start studying towards their Canadian qualification. Vietnamese students along with those from six other countries may be eligible for faster study visa processing. In 2019, 404,000 foreign students received Canadian study permits, pushing the total number of international students in Canada up to 642,000 of which 21,180 are from Vietnam. This makes Canada the third most attractive place to study globally. 

To apply through the Student Direct Stream, all you need is:

  • To apply from a participating country;
  • Have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary Designated Learning Institution;
  • Be living outside Canada;
  • To Have proof that your first year's tuition has been paid for;
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC of $10,000);
  • Most Recent transcripts (secondary or post-secondary);
  • Language Test Results of 6 or higher (IELTS) or aTest d’évaluation de Français (TEF) score equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7;
  • Medical Exam and police clearance may be requested.

A great benefit of the Student Direct Stream is that if your spouse or partner plans to join you, they too will be able to enjoy faster processing times for their visitor visa, work, or study permit! 

How Do I Ensure a Successful Visa Application?

The short answer is that you can’t. The only ones who have control over whether or not you will receive your visa or not are the government official processing your application. No Regulated Candian Consultant (RCIC), visa agency or consultancy is able to guarantee that you’ll receive your visa.

Having a professional by your side as you not only complete and submit your application but while determining how to immigrate to Canada from Vietnam in 2021 as well as which immigration or visa program to choose out of over 100 options, will help give you the best possible chances for a successful application. Whether you want to study, work or immigrate to Canada, your evaluation will be the most important part of the process.

Ready to find out how to take the next step and find out how to start your new life in a country full of opportunity?