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How to Immigrate to Canada Without a Degree

Did you know that you don’t necessarily need a degree to immigrate to Canada? That’s right! Canada has plenty of options for you no matter your skills set or work experience. The key is finding the right immigration opportunity for you.

Canada’s job market is under strain, not because of a lack of jobs but because there aren’t enough local skilled workers to keep up with the number of available jobs in Canada, which is why Canada is looking to you, a skilled and experienced foreign worker looking to live and work in the Canadian community.

Canada aims to invite over 1 million newcomers by 2022, with 341,000 set to call Canada home by the end of the year. 195,800 of these spots are reserved for international workers in 2020 alone, but with over 80 different programs to choose from, the selection and application process can be quite confusing. But not to worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we take a look at the top 6 ways that people are immigrating to Canada without a degree in 2020.



How Can I Immigrate to Canada Without a Degree?

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There are various immigration programs to choose from and a lot more for those without degrees than you may think. The 3 important factors when looking for the right immigration program is your skill level, your work experience and whether or not you have a job offer.

High-skilled jobs in Canada are usually classified at skill level or type 0, A or B while intermediate or low-skilled occupations are usually classified as type C or D.

Some examples of high skilled jobs at skill level or type 0, A or B include those in management, professional and technical or skilled trade jobs, such as restaurant manager, doctors, chefs, plumbers or electricians.

Some examples of skill level C jobs fall in processing, transportation and hospitality sectors such as industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers and food and beverage servers. Occupations that fall under skill level D includes fruit pickers, cleaning staff and oil field workers.

Take a look at the education level that each skill level usually requires:


Education Requirements for Occupation Skill Levels
AUsually requires a university education
BUsually requires college education or apprenticeship training
CUsually requires secondary school and/or occupation-specific training
DUsually require on-the-job training

Now that you know which skill level you fall under and what education requirement may be expected of you, let's take a look at the top 6 ways to immigrate to Canada without a degree.



1. The Express Entry System

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The Express Entry system is aimed at helping highly skilled foreigners immigrate to Canada in the fastest and most efficient way possible. There are 3 immigration programs that it manages, namely:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Canada Experience Class

Each program has its own set of requirements however your eligibility for the Express Entry system depends on the following factors:


Express Entry Eligibility Criteria
Nationality
Age
Language Ability
Family members
Education
Work experience
Details of job offer (if you have one)

Each one of these criteria will allow you to score points. The higher your score the better your chances of success in the application process!

2. Provincial Nominee Programs

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If you are a foreign worker who wants to immigrate to Canada and have a valid job offer of at least 1 year, then The Provincial Nominee Program may be the way forward for you. 11 of Canada’s provinces and territories have their own unique programs and requirements, including occupation in-demand programs that allow you to apply through Express-Entry linked programs, streamlining the application process. The key to success here is to find out where your job is in-demand in Canada. The more in demand it is, the higher your chances of receiving a Provincial Nomination (PN) to apply for permanent residency in Canada!

What is the easiest province to immigrate to Canada?

In short, this depends on your occupation and where your job is needed the most. Certain PNPs even have special programs dedicated to specific occupations due to the incredibly high need, and the province with the most is Saskatchewan. Below are some of the occupation-specific immigration programs under the Saskatchewan PNP that will allow you to immigrate to Canada without a degree:


Saskatchewan Occupation Specific Programs That Don’t Need a Degree
Saskatchewan Experience Category: Semi-skilled Agriculture Worker(general farm worker)
Health Professionals(includes nurses aides)
Saskatchewan Experience Category: Hospitality Sector (food and beverage server, food counter attendant, kitchen helpers, housekeepers, cleaning staff)
Saskatchewan Experience Category: Long Haul Truck Drivers

Haven’t found your immigration option yet? There are two other routes you could take: the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.



3. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

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The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is aimed at foreign workers who want to immigrate to one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces:

  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia

In order to apply to live and work in Atlantic Canada through the AIP, you will need to meet the requirements of one of the following programs:


Atlantic Immigration Programs
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • have a degree, diploma or other qualification from a publicly funded Atlantic education institution
  • have lived in an Atlantic Canadian province for a minimum of 16 months out the 2 years prior to obtaining your post-secondary qualification
  • language test (English or French)
  • Sufficient fund to support you and your family members
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • have at least 1 year of work experience in a Skill level 0, A or B job in the last 3 years
  • at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • language test (CLB or NCLC Level 4 in English or French)
  • Sufficient fund to support you and your family members
  • Valid full-time non-seasonal job offer of at least 1 year from an employer in Atlantic Canada
Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • have at least 1 year of work experience in a Skill level C or as a registered nurse, licensed nurse, nurse’s aide or home support worker in the last 3 years
  • at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • language test (CLB or NCLC Level 4 in English or French)
  • Sufficient fund to support you and your family members
  • Valid full-time non-seasonal job offer of at least 1 year from an employer in Atlantic Canada

4. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is your ticket to immigrate to Canada without a degree if you are interested in moving to one of 11 participating cities and towns in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. In order to qualify you will need to meet the following eligibility requirements:


RNIP Eligibility Requirements
Have at least 1 year of work experience in the last 3 years
At least a Canadian high school diploma, post-secondary qualification or equivalent
Language test in English or French (CLB/NCLC 6 for levels 0 and A; CLB/NCLC 5 for level B and CLB/NCLC 4 for levels C & D
Sufficient fund to support you and your family members
Valid full-time non-seasonal job offer from an employer in one of the 11 participating communities


5. Agri-Food Pilot

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The Agri-food Pilot (AIP), which just recently launched in May 2020, is aimed at helping skilled workers in the meat processing and manufacturing sectors, as well as the agricultural and animal production sectors, immigrate to Canada. 

In order to qualify, you will need to meet the following criteria:


AIP Eligibility Requirements
Have at least 1 years full-time non-seasonal work experience in the last 3 years in an eligible occupation
A Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
Language test in English or French (CLB/NCLC 4)
Sufficient fund to support you and your family members
Valid full-time non-seasonal job offer in an eligible occupation

6. The Home Care Provider Pilots

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Home care providers are in high demand in Canada and because of this, the Canadian government has dedicated 2 specific Home Care Provider Pilots to help home support workers and home child care providers live and work in Canada. 

The eligibility requirements are:


Caregiver Pilot Eligibility Requirements
Have at least 2 years full-time Canadian work experience in the last 3 years in an eligible occupation or a valid full-time job offer in an eligible occupation
Relevant post-secondary educational qualification of at least 1 year
Language test in English or French (CLB/NCLC 4)
Sufficient funds to support you and your family members
Supporting documents showing you are capable of doing the job ie. proof of relevant work experience and education credentials

For more information on how to immigrate to Canada in 2020 as a home support worker, visit our blog here.



How We Can Help You

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Applying for a visa can be time-consuming and difficult to wrap your head around. With strict deadlines, procedures and requirements, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to immigrate to Canada. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s). the process will be stress-free.

When you choose to use our expert and government trusted service you will get:

  • An in-depth eligibility assessment
  • Guidance on which of 70+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
  • An immigration plan tailored to your individual needs;
  • A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
  • Support through every step of the application process.

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.

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