Immigrate to Canada from the UAE

Last updated: 11 November 2022

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the top source countries for new Canadian permanent residents. If you are a resident of the UAE and wish to settle in Canada, you can learn about your immigration options on this page.

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Overview: Why immigrate from the UAE to Canada?

Canada is a destination of choice for residents of the United Arab Emirates because of the economic opportunities it offers in a variety of sectors, including information and communication technology (ICT), health and other science and engineering related fields.

Canada also offers many advantages, such as being a safe and politically stable country, a thriving economy, a highly developed healthcare system and an internationally recognized education system.

The United Arab Emirates is among the top five countries for Express Entry immigrants to Canada. Most UAE residents come to Canada as skilled workers in the economic category. As Canada continues to increase its immigration levels year after year, the number of people from the UAE who will be coming to Canada is expected to increase even further from its current numbers.


How can you immigrate from the UAE to Canada?

Due to factors such as high English proficiency, education level, and work experience, UAE residents are very well positioned to qualify for Canada's immigration programs.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If you haven’t lived in Canada before, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) may be the best option for you. The FSWP allows candidates with work experience and no connection to Canada or job offer to apply for permanent residence.

The program targets skilled workers who will be able to use their foreign work experience, education, language skills and other human capital factors to become economically established in Canada. More specifically, candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • One year of continuous full-time or equivalent paid work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled occupation classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER categories 0, 1, 2, and 3;
  • Validated language ability equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English or French across all abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking); and
  • Canadian educational credential (certificate, diploma, or degree) or foreign credential and Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report.
  • FSWP applicants must get at least 67 points on IRCC’s six immigration selection factors.
  • Show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada.

What to do if you are eligible for the FSWP

The FSWP is among the three programs managed under the Canadian government’s Express Entry application management system.

Once you confirm you are eligible for the FSWP, you may upload your Express Entry profile onto the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Upon uploading their Express Entry profiles, candidates from UAE receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and official language ability among others.

Every two weeks, IRCC sends out invitations to apply for permanent residence to the highest scoring candidates in the pool. In addition, IRCC sets a 6-month processing service standard under Express Entry.

The target is for more than 110,000 permanent residents to be admitted through Express Entry per year. Together, these elements make Express Entry one of the most attractive options and the fastest way for economic class candidates to obtain permanent residence in Canada.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the other major immigration option for those living in the UAE.

Canada is a federal country with 10 provinces and three territories, the majority of which administer the PNP. The program allows each province and territory, with its own population and economy, to design immigration pathways based on its economic and demographic needs.

Through the PNP, provinces and territories can nominate skilled worker candidates for immigration to their respective jurisdictions.

Immigration candidates from the UAE may be able to apply to immigrate to Canada directly through a PNP, provided they meet eligibility criteria. They may also enter the Express Entry pool and be invited to apply for nomination by a province that will select candidates from the federal pool. If they are nominated through an Express Entry-linked stream, they will receive an additional 600 CRS points. This means they are virtually guaranteed to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw.


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