Immigrating From Egypt To Canada

by | Apr 15, 2021

Egyptian nationals are no different from foreign nationals immigrating to Canada from most other countries across the world under the various Canadian immigration options available. If you are wanting to move from Egypt to Canada, you may do so as a temporary resident or permanent resident. 

Immigrating as a temporary resident may mean moving as a worker, or a student, or as a tourist visiting family or friends. On the other hand, immigrating as a permanent resident would mean applying to become a Canadian permanent resident from outside of Canada while you are still in Egypt. Applying for Canadian permanent residency while still in Egypt is possible for persons who meet the qualifying criteria.

If you are wanting to immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident, you are likely going to be applying under one of the immigration programs managed by the Federal Government. Particularly, you will either be applying as a federal skilled worker or as a federal skilled trades worker. 

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If you are immigrating as a federal skilled worker, it means that you would ordinarily need to be employed in a professional job type. You would need to have at least an undergraduate degree and ideally should have at least a master’s degree. 

In addition, you would also need to be fluent in either English or French. There is a language test that you would have to do and score as highly as possible to increase your chances of applying under the federal skilled worker program. It would also be ideal, if you wish to move together with your spouse, for both of you to complete the language test and score as highly as possible.

You would also need to show that you have worked in a professional-type job for at least one year. Having more than one year of work experience is going to be an added advantage. 

Your age will also impact the chances of success if you are applying for permanent residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. If you are between the ages of 22 and 33, the program would be more favorable for you and your points score will increase as a result of that. Any age beyond 33 gradually reduces the number of points you can get which means, overall, it reduces your chances of getting an invitation to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Nonetheless, in a nutshell, the Federal Skilled Worker Program is a program available to Egyptian nationals who are wanting to apply for Canadian permanent residency while they are still living in Egypt. 


The other option available for an Egyptian national to immigrate to Canada is by becoming a Canadian permanent resident through sponsorship. If you have family in Canada, for instance, a partner or a parent or sibling, there is the possibility of sponsorship even though this option has its own limitations. 

Provincially Managed Immigration Programs

Additionally, there are some provincially managed immigration programs that you might be able to apply under. Each province or territory in Canada has some degree of autonomy in terms of the types of immigration programs that they operate. Under these programs, there may be an option for an Egyptian national to become a permanent resident through one of the provincial programs. 

Temporary Residency Options

Another alternative available for Egyptian nationals is immigrating to Canada as temporary residents. The first option is to immigrate as a student. You can move to Canada to pursue your studies and after successful completion qualify for a work permit that can be for a duration of up to three years. After obtaining a work permit, you can then be able to apply for permanent residency. You can even do so while working under the work permit issued to you. Notably, immigrating as a student allows you to take your family with you if you would wish to do so.

The second option is to immigrate as a worker. There have been cases where Egyptian nationals have moved to Canada as workers, especially in the IT field. However, there is no restriction in terms of the area of work that you need to be specializing in.


Basically, these are just a few of the avenues available for an Egyptian national to immigrate to Canada. It is worth noting that Egyptian nationals are required to obtain a visa to travel to Canada. Upon arrival in Canada, you would need a status document for you to stay in Canada. The status document can either be the work permit, study permit, or permanent residency that you would have been able to apply for. 

Let Us Help

In order to make an informed choice on the immigration option that best suits your circumstances, it is important for you to understand the different immigration programs and their eligibility requirements.

We are available and happy to take you through the most suitable immigration options and help you put together your residency application to allow you to immigrate to Canada. Should you need any professional advice or assistance with your immigration applications, please feel free to contact us. 

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