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How to Immigrate to Canada Without a Job Offer

One question that is often posed to us from clients when they are trying to immigrate to Canada is whether they need a job offer to be able to get into the country. Having a job offer is one way to immigrate to Canada and usually a less strenuous form of entering the country, but the truth is it isn’t the only way. There are a few different ways to immigrate to Canada without a job offer, and we’re going to help you go through them. 

To begin, it’s important to recognize immigrating to Canada will take a substantial amount of paperwork. This can be intimidating–especially if English/French is not your native language. We’ve encountered this before at Rashid Urosevic LLP, and are ready to answer any of your questions about immigration.

Federal Programs for Immigration

Government programs are one way to immigrate to Canada without a job offer, let’s take a look at the options at the Federal level of Government;

This program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. 

This program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

This program is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience and want to become permanent residents.

Provincial Nominee Programs for Immigration

If you don’t match any of the Federal categories, there are avenues to immigration at the provincial level as well. Let’s take a look at some of the Provincial options people can apply to;

This program allows foreign workers, international students, and others with the right skills, experience, and education to apply for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario. 

This program is for skilled workers who don’t have a job offer in Saskatchewan but are highly-skilled in an in-demand occupation in the province.

This program is for recent graduates of a Nova Scotia university or community college. 

Although we’ve only listed three possible PNP programs, there are over 70 Provincial Nominee Programs immigrants can apply to and that number continues to grow as the Canadian government finds new ways to allow people into the country.

How to Get a Job in Canada

As having an employment offer can provide more opportunities for immigration to Canada, here are some tips on how to land a job in Canada.

  1. Have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile
  2. Actively reach out to companies with open positions on Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, etc.


All-in-all, applying to immigrate to Canada without a job offer can be a tough and strenuous process, even more so when the two national languages, English or French, are not your first language. If you’re in the process of getting ready to apply for any of these programs, please contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you in this process and beginning a new life in Canada.