The ever-increasing Mexican-Canadian community is evidence that better opportunities and more lenient immigration policies lie further North of Mexico – in Canada.
Mexican nationals who are ready to move onto better and bigger things are taking advantage of the booming Canadian economy and the generous immigration targets set at welcoming 1.23 million newcomers by 2023! Not to mention Canada and Mexico’s free trade agreement that gives Mexicans who want to live and work in Canada a major advantage over other applicants!
While conditions around the world worsened, Canada was rated the second-best country in the world in 2020 by the US News and World Report and the USA came in at number seven. Canada effectively managed the pandemic with strict measures and an excellent public healthcare system while also offering financial relief to its citizens and permanent residents in the form of an $82 billion economic response plan.
5 Steps to Canada from Mexico in 2021
Step 1: Explore Where You Want to Live in Canada
Have you decided where you want to live in Canada? As the second-biggest country in the world with 13 provinces and territories, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Each province in Canada has different job markets, costs of living, cultures, weather, and landscapes that range from prairie regions, maritime regions, forested areas, and even subarctic regions (brr). The majority of Mexican immigrants in Canada settle in the metropolitan areas of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Manitoba.
Due to the popularity of these metropolitan areas, Canada created an immigration program called the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) to attract more immigrants to the less populated smaller cities, towns, and communities of Canada that have skill and labor shortages.
Step 2: Canada PR Visa Requirements for Mexcian Citizens
Before you can qualify for an immigration program you must meet the basic Canadian visa requirements to apply for permanent residency in Canada from Mexico. These requirements include being 18 years or older, having good health, and a clean criminal record. You will also need to demonstrate your language proficiency in English or French by taking an approved language test for immigration purposes. Being able to communicate proficiently in either of these languages will increase your chances of immigrating, and help you to find a job in Canada that much easier.
In most cases, if you’re not currently authorized to work in Canada or have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer then you will need a certain amount of funds to support your resettlement to Canada.
- Good health (medical test is required);
- Clean criminal record (police certificate is required);
- English or French language skills (language test is required);
- Settlement funds; and
- Valid passport
Step 3: Find the Right Canadian Visa Program for You
1. Get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) With Express Entry Canada
You may have heard of the Express Entry System. It’s the main immigration program for skilled Mexican workers who want to live and work in Canada permanently. It has one of the fastest application processing times and admits the most economic immigrants to Canada annually. What’s more, you can include your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children in your application too!
How do you get an ITA?
The goal is to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through the Express Entry that works according to a points-based grid known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
As an Express Entry applicant, you will be scored using criteria such as your age, years of work experience, language proficiency as well as your level of education, etc.
If you are among the highest-scoring candidates then you will most likely receive an ITA during an Express Entry draw that occurs approximately twice a month. You can do a few other things to improve your score such as getting a job offer in Canada or achieving a provincial nomination that’s equal to 600 CRS points! Find out more about this in the next immigration program.
2. Achieve a Provincial Nomination (PN)
Do you have a specific city or province in mind in which you want to live in Canada? If yes, then you may want to explore the province or territories’ very own immigration program to see if you qualify for a Provincial Nomination. What’s more, Canada aims to welcome between 64,000-81,500 immigrants through the 11 Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) in 2021.
If you achieve a provincial nomination then you can apply for permanent residency in Canada from Mexico, and settle in the province that nominated you.
How does the Provincial Nominee Program work?
The PNPs are created to satisfy the economic needs of the province or territory. For example, the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program (OINP) welcomes skilled and intermediate skilled foreign workers with a special emphasis on truck drivers, nurse aides, and butchers among other types of foreign workers. It’s good to know that some PNPs require you to either have work experience, education, or valid job offers in their regions.
What to Know: You can directly apply to a PNP or you can send an expression of interest to the province looking for someone with your skills through your Express Entry profile.
3. Study in Canada to Qualify for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
A Canadian qualification such as a certificate, diploma, or degree counts in your favor because it weighs more than foreign credentials on your immigration application. So, studying in Canada may not directly lead to permanent residency but it’s an effective stepping stone that can greatly improve your chances of success once you graduate, and apply to immigrate to Canada!
To top it off, if you study an eligible program that’s longer than eight months in Canada you could qualify for a Post-Graduate Work Permit that allows you to stay on and work anywhere in the country to gain work experience after your studies. Canadian work experience plus education is the ideal formula to achieving permanent residency in Canada.
4. Work in Canada as a Farmworker or Caregiver
Canada has an ongoing demand for farmworkers and caregivers and welcomes Mexicans within these occupations to work in the country through special work permit programs (see step five). Canada’s large agriculture sector employs approximately 2.3 million people of which a majority are seasonal farmworkers from overseas. On the other hand, Canada’s population is aging at a rapid rate, and caregivers are now needed more than ever before.
The great news is that your time working in Canada can lead to a permanent future in the Great North. If you have been working in the country in an eligible farming or caregiving position then you can apply to move to Canada from Mexico through the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and the Home Care Provider Pilot. All you need is about one to two years of work experience in Canada and a permanent job offer from your employer.
5. Get a Job Offer from a Designated Employer in Atlantic Canada
Do you want to live in a coastal region in Canada? You could by applying through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) which is an employer-driven program. The main requirement is to obtain a job offer from a designated employer in one of the Atlantic provinces that include; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Start your job hunt today! Find a list of designated employers below:
List of Designated Employers
- Prince Edward Island;
- Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Nova Scotia; and
- New Brunswick.
Step 4: Obtain Required Documents for Canada Immigration
You will need to collect very specific documents depending on the immigration program you qualify for. The documents must be submitted with your immigration application, and some of them cost an additional fee such as undertaking a medical examination and writing a language test.
Step 5: Get Answers to Your Canadian Immigration Questions
1. How Can I Work in Canada from Mexico?
To work in Canada from Mexico you need a Canada work permit. In 2018, 32,770 Mexicans entered Canada on work permits, setting a new record. The reason for the surge of foreign Mexican workers in Canada is the incredible free trade agreement between Canada and Mexico. There are a few excellent work permit programs available for Mexican citizens who want to gain Canadian work experience which improves their chances of immigration success! Find out more about these programs below.
1. United States – Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
The USMCA is a free trade agreement between Canada and Mexico that allows eligible Mexican workers to obtain Canadian work permits faster and easier than ever before. That’s mainly because you don’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to qualify, which is a long and complicated process.
2. The Working Holiday Visa
The Working Holiday Visa is one of the best Canada work visas from Mexico for young adults between the ages of 18-35. It allows you to travel in Canada to explore the natural beauty and world-famous cities while working part-time in jobs like food and hospitality, retail and sales as well as farming plus many, many more!
This special visa is exclusively available to Mexican citizens and a few other select countries, and is valid for 12 months!
3. The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)
Canada favors farm workers from a select few countries and Mexico is one of them! If you’re a farmworker then you can apply to the SAWP to be recruited by Canadian farmers during peak farming seasons. When you’ve accumulated enough work experience then you can apply to immigrate to Canada permanently through the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot discussed above.
2. How Long Can Mexicans Stay in Canada?
It depends on the type of Canadian visa you obtain. If you come to Canada as a visitor then you can stay for a maximum of 60 days with an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you’re studying in Canada then your study permit will most likely be valid for the same length as your study program. And if you’re working in Canada on a work permit then you can stay in Canada for the length of time that’s outlined in the employment conditions on your work permit. This varies from foreign worker to foreign worker.
3. What’s Easier? Immigration to Canada or the USA
The United States has been the number one immigration destination for Mexicans for years. But as the USA limits its annual immigrant intake and tightens its policies, more and more Mexicans are making their way to the Great North and creating new high-quality lives in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. The US Diversity Visa Lottery is limited to 50,000 immigrants and the lottery occurs only once a year. Canada’s Express Entry system, on the other hand, is open year-round and aims to welcome 108,500 immigrants in 2021, and even more in 2022-2023.