How to Migrate to Canada from Spain

Migrate to Canada from Spain
Written by Laura

Canada has recently announced that it would be welcoming over one million immigrants from different parts of the world over the years, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Are you a citizen or residing in Spain and wish to relocate to the land of the maple leaf? This article is basically for you and those who would love to migrate from Spain to Canada. Won’t you love to be a part of them? 

Read patiently, you will learn everything you need to know before applying for your visa.

There are over 100 ways to immigrate from Spain to Canada. Before you kick start your visa processing, it is very important to make an intensive research on the various ways you can apply for your visa

Various Ways to Migrate to Canada from Spain

1. Express Entry System:

This is the most commonly used means of relocating to Canada and it is popularly meant for skilled workers. 

This may include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSWP), or Canadian Experience Class. Before filing for the Canadian Express Entry Pool, you should first check if you qualify for the process.

You need to be fluent in English or French language, and you also have to have your Educational Credential Assessment on any certificate, degree, or diploma you acquired outside Canada.

As soon as you have applied for the Canadian Express Entry Pool, your application will be examined and scored based on the information you presented. The information includes; your work experience, adaptability, educational level, age, language competency, etc. 

Canada regularly conducts the Express Entry Pool and thereafter invites individuals with the highest ranks to apply for their permanent residence.

2. Provincial Nominations Programs:

The PNP was initiated as an addition to the Express Entry Program. It is designed as a way of inviting individuals to fill in provincial labour needs. What this means is that all provinces of Canada, except Nunavut and Quebec, will select foreigners who have applied for the PNP, to fill up their labour needs.

The Provincial Nominations Programs are of two types: the basic programs and the enhanced programs.

With the Basic Programs, once you are shortlisted, you will single-handedly carry out all the government requirements.

Whereas, the Enhanced Programs are for applicants who still require an Express Entry to qualify. Below, I am going to show you all you need to know about the express entry. 

All You Need to Know about the Express Entry

Just as we noted earlier, it is the most popular means of immigrating to Canada from Spain, because it is a Federal Immigration Platform. It however takes into account the following factors:

  • You Foreign work experience
  • Your age
  • Educational level
  • Language competency (mostly, English or French)
  • Your work experience outside Canada
  • Your Canadian work experience (not compulsory)

Your immigration qualification is being considered based on the information you give above. Hence, they are calculated by points and each of the data adds points to your application profile. Bear in mind that this is not the only viable way of relocating to Canada.

How Points are Calculated:

There are different numbers of points allocated to every factor above, the summation of the points you acquired determines your qualification.

  • You Foreign work experience (50 Points)

While applying to migrate to Canada through the express point system, you are required to fill in your work experience in your home country (Spain), or in other countries, you have worked. Your foreign work experience carries a maximum of 50 points.

  • Your Age (100 Points)

Age is the most considered factor for the express entry system. Here, individuals who fall between the ages of 20 to 29 have better chances of scoring the maximum of 100 points. 

It does not mean that it is not possible to travel to Canada after 30 years, it is just one of the criteria that guarantee higher points.

o even if you are above the age bracket, your level of education and language competence will boost your points if you have a sound record in them.

  • Educational Level (140 Points)

Your level of education guarantees a higher point to your immigration profile if you have a good educational background. The higher your educational background, the higher the scores or points you will get. An applicant with a high school diploma scores about 28 points whereas an applicant who applied with a doctorate will be awarded a max point of 140.

  • Language competency (mostly, English or French)

Language proficiency is the highest of all the factors of the express entry system, it has a maximum score range of 150 points. The number of points you get on this platform is determined by your proficiency in English or French. There are four language tests accepted by the Canadian government, which are;

  • IELTS and CELPIP (For English)
  • TEF and Canada (For French)

The assessment of language proficiency is based on the Canadian Language Benchmark. Here you are scored based on your achievement on any of the test platforms.

  • Work Experience outside Canada

Your work experience in any organization or firm outside Canada also counts in boosting your points. You should have at least one year of work experience in your home country or any other country. This will give you a maximum of 50 points

  • Work Experience in Canada

If you have once temporarily lived or worked in Canada, and now wish to permanently immigrate back to the country; you will obtain more points for your Express Entry Profile.

Your work experience in Canada, probably as a student or on a temporary visit, can boost your profile with 70 points.


The Express Entry System is the most used and easiest means of relocating to Canada. Although there are other good ways too, the EES is the most guaranteed. Also bear in mind that Quebec Province has its immigration platform which is initiated for French-speaking applicants. 

In as much as, this program is targeted majorly towards the younger ones, it does not mean that older ones can not immigrate to the country. If the EES does not favour you, other means will surely do favour you.

However, if you fall between 30 to 35 with higher education and are proficient in English or French, you are still on the better side to be considered. 

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