Immigration to Canada from Lebanon is achievable through various immigration programs. Nearly 2,000 Lebanese have already moved in the last five years.
Lebanese newcomers choose Canada because it offers a safe and welcoming environment to raise children. Canada also boasts an excellent education system and free healthcare available to citizens and permanent residents. Besides, the unemployment level in the Land of Maple Leaf is low, and both high-skilled and semi-skilled workers have well-paying jobs. This is just a fraction of the reasons why Canada is an attractive destination to move to with your family.
Now let’s review which immigration pathways are available for the Lebanese.
Immigration to Canada through Express Entry
Express Entry is a fast-track immigration system that processes immigrant applications within six months. For this reason, it's a preferred option for many applicants. Once you open and submit the Express Entry profile, you get evaluated based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The system assesses your age, language proficiency, skills, education, job offer, and adaptability level in Canada.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues thousands of invitations to skilled workers every two weeks via Express Entry immigration draws.
There are three programs in Express Entry:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program;
- The Federal Skilled Trade Programs; and
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Recently, Canada has been issuing invitations to apply (ITAs) for PR in the Canadian Experience Class and Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Programs.
Immigration to Canada through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
Immigration through PNPs can be done directly to the province/territory or via Express Entry. The latter option assumes that you indicate a particular province in your Express Entry account where your skills and experience are sought-after. If that province selects you, you will get a provincial nomination which awards you 600 Comprehensive Ranking System points.
For instance, in the May 13 Express Entry-linked PNP draw, the number of CRS points needed was 152. However, 600 points of a provincial nomination immediately transformed the overall score to 752, which was enough to be eligible for an ITA.
Immigrate to Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) seeks to bring qualified foreign workers to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. If you obtain an employment offer from a Canadian company, the AIP can be a great immigration pathway. The pilot includes the Atlantic International Graduate Program, the Atlantic High-Skilled Program, and the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program.
Among in-demand jobs in Canada are registered and licensed nurses, physicians, accountants, civil engineers, computer programmers, web designers, long-haul truck drivers, cooks, farmworkers, industrial butchers, fish, and seafood workers.
Immigrate to Canada through Post-Graduate Work Program
If you come to Canada as a student with a valid study permit, you will qualify for a Graduate Work Program after completing your study program. The opportunity of working in Canada will give you invaluable Canadian work experience. As a result, you will be able to apply for a Canadian Experience Class.
To begin with, you should choose a university or college from a list of designated Canadian institutions. Also, a study course should be at least one year long to immigrate through the CEC or one of the provincial streams that require Canadian experience. The work permit under the Post-Graduate Work Program is issued for up to three years; the length of the permit will be equivalent to the length of your study course.
Immigration to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Work Program (TFWP)
By going to Canada on a temporary work permit, you will have a chance to acquire Canadian work experience. Some work permit programs don't require an employment agreement and an LMIA; moreover, the average processing time may vary from three to four months. Such a program is International Mobility, which usually requires Canadian employers to announce a job for about three months before hiring an international worker.
If you are not sure about the visa type suitable for you or don't know how to proceed with your application for Canadian immigration, contact our immigration professionals today. You can also fill out our evaluation form to find out which immigration programs could fit you best.
FAQ: Immigration to Canada from Lebanon
Can a Lebanese immigrate to Canada?
Not only a Lebanese but anyone can immigrate to Canada. The country offers various immigration pathways for skilled workers and their families. The typical way of immigration to Canada is via Express Entry.
Is it easy for a Lebanese to immigrate to Canada?
Immigration for a Lebanese is not any complex as for any other foreigner willing to relocate to Canada. You only need to make sure you meet all the requirements of the selected immigration program. In case of successful immigration, as a permanent resident, you will be able to sponsor your family to come to Canada.
How many Lebanese live in Canada?
There are over 220,000 (According to a 2016 census) Lebanese origin Canadians who live in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto.
Where do most Lebanese live in Canada?
The largest Lebanese community in Canada in the Montreal metropolitan area is in Saint-Laurent. This city is known as “Saint-Leban” and is the fourth-largest Lebanese community, representing almost 30% of the immigrant population born in Lebanon and Montreal.
Why do Lebanese immigrate to Canada?
Thousands of people have lost their jobs during recent months in Lebanon. The local currency has dropped to 90% of its value against the dollar. As a result, the country faces inflation and shortages of food products and medicines.
The World Bank reports that more than 50% of the Lebanese population is currently living under the poverty line.
Canada, on the contrary, is a wealthy country that offers a better lot for families and their children.
If I move to Canada, will I be able to maintain my cultural identity?
Canada is a multicultural country, so you have freedom of your cultural identity, including religion.
The Lebanese community in Canada has its own religious institutions, such as churches and mosques. Also, it has social, cultural, economic, and media institutions and representatives of various Lebanese parties.
The first mosque of Quebec was opened in 1965 as the Islamic Center of Quebec (Masjid A-Islam). In 1970, a second center, the Lebanese Islamic Center in Montreal, was opened.
You can subscribe to the following Lebanese newspapers in Canada: Al-Akhbar, Al-Mustakbal, Phoenicia, and Sada Al-Mashreq, and in French, Yalla and Notre Nouvelle.
Can I find Lebanese cuisine in Canada?
You can get in Canada Kibbet Raheb, Kifta, Kanafeh, Hummus, Manakish Sfeeha, Almaza.
In Montreal, you’ll find dozens of Lebanese restaurants and cafes with your favorite food. For example, these are Paramount Fine Food, Souk Tabule, Byblos Pita Land, Amal. There are a lot of Halal restaurants in the Montreal area as well.
How long does it take to immigrate from Lebanon to Canada?
Express Entry is a popular way of immigrating to Canada because the processing time typically takes from six months to one year. However, if you are a high-skilled tech worker in an occupation that is in high demand in Canada, some immigration streams process such applicants in a little as three-four months.