How to Relocate to Canada Without IELTS from Nigeria and Africa

How to Relocate to Canada Without IELTS

To relocate to Canada from Nigeria and Africa is not difficult. But having to write the IELTS makes a lot of students worry. Many ask the question, what is an IELTS?      


It is a worldwide regulated assessment that universities use to test the language capabilities of international students. The test has four parts: writing, reading, speaking and listening. After the test, which takes three hours, students will get a total score for all their vital English skills.

Many international students complain about having to write the IELTS exam. Some, especially those from English-speaking countries think it is unfair.

As we all know, English is Canada’s official language, so the government thinks that taking the IELTS exam is essential. This is because they want assurance that you can communicate well with Canadian citizens when you later relocate there.

This article explains how you can relocate to Canada without taking the IELTS exam from Nigeria and Africa.

The Best Way on How to Relocate to Canada Without IELTS from Nigeria

A leading system through which people immigrate to Canada is Express Entry. Express entry is a known method of Immigration to Canada. Because in this system, the selection is based on merit after they have met all the requirements laid down by the center for immigration Canada (CIC).

A grading system under the CIC, the  Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), will check your competence based on the following criteria:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work expertise
  • Canadian experience ( that is if you have a close relative or a job offer)
  • Language proficiency (IELTS)

Even so, there are a few downsides to this system. The first is that you need an IELTS exam to immigrate through this system, so for those who want to relocate without this exam, this pathway is not for you. Also, this is best for individuals thirty-five years and below and has all requirements. This means that if you’re above thirty-five, this system won’t suit you.

The other popular way to immigrate to Canada is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The provincial program gives you some points; these points earn you an invitation to apply for permanent residence

One downside of the provincial program is that it takes about eight months for it to go through, and you have to wait an extra four months to get your permanent resident visa from the express entry. And all this depends if you have met the requirements. And some of the requirements are only possible to fulfill if you have lived in Canada before.

And it would help if you also had the IELTS or similar exams. So, this is also not a program for those who do not want to take the IELTS exam.

So, after explaining the above two, the chances of immigrating without an IELTS are small. Thus, the best way on how to relocate to Canada without IELTS exam is through work experience, an online English language course, an English proficiency certificate, and a study permit. There is an explanation about them below.

Work Experience

How to relocate to Canada through this course is to get a company or industry to employ you as a worker. The company will get your work permit for you. This will make your relocation easy. However, there are some requirements you have to fulfill for this.

  • You must get a Canadian company to hire you while you’re still in Nigeria or any part of Africa.
  • You must also have a particular skill that most Canadians do not have.
  • It would help if you went through the Labor Market Impact \Assessment (LMIA)
  • You must meet the terms and conditions of the province you are applying to the company.
  • Make sure you have a well-structured resume.

You are free to try this route because you can get hired from Nigeria. Some job sites to apply from are Google or LinkedIn.

Online English Language Course

Nigerians and Africans do not enjoy writing this exam because of its cost. Meaning it is too expensive. Another reason is the stress of preparing for the exercise. There is a choice to take an online English course instead of the IELTS.

It is simpler than IELTS, and it has no standard requirements to get a pass. You only need a certificate of English language proficiency as proof after taking the course. You can search online to see many sites that offer English proficiency courses.

English Proficiency Certificate

Instead of taking the IELTS exam, you can instead provide an English proficiency certificate. The universities in Canada offer this choice to international students who teach in English. You have to request a certificate from the school in your country and submit it as proof of English proficiency. This saves you from the stressful process of writing the IELTS exam.

Study Permit

A study permit is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. Both for an undergraduate and postgraduate degree. You also do not need IELTS to immigrate as far as you studied in English( as discussed above). Your family or spouse can also join you, and your husband or wife can also get a spousal work permit to work anywhere in Canada. And, your children can get work or study permits based on their age.

You don’t need an agent to connect you; you can do everything yourself. There are also some universities and colleges that don’t demand an IELTS exam. Some are the University of Winnipeg, Brock University, Carleton University, Seneca College,Toronto, University of Regina, etc.

Simple steps to get a Study Permit Without an IELTS Exam.

 1. Be Serious about the Process

When you want to begin the process, ensure you’re serious about it. Prepare everything that you need, from your finances to your documents. And when the process starts, even though you might get stressed, believe in yourself and continue till the end because by the time you’re in Canada, you will have forgotten all the stress you went through.

2. Apply for your Passport

After preparing your documents, proceed to apply for your international passport. In Nigeria, after your capture, you can collect it either one or two months later, depending on the immigration office. It is advisable to apply for your passport first before you begin all other official processes.

It costs as low as fifteen thousand naira to seventy thousand naira to get your international passport in Nigeria. 

This depends on the type of passport you’re going for. Make sure you confirm the current amount from the immigration office.

3. Get your Educational Documents Ready

Before this, check out the best institutions for you in Canada. Also, get your educational documents ready. Get an IELTS waiver from your school in Nigeria or Africa. Also, communicate to the institution in Canada that your teaching was in English.

For a Nigerian (or other African countries whose official language is English), you are fit for an IELTS waiver. Note that this is in most Canadian institutions, not all. But, some universities or colleges will demand confirmation of English proficiency. In that case, you can get a free English proficiency certificate from a Nigerian University or college.

But for other Africans whose official language is not English, you must write an IELTS exam.

You also need to get your degree certificate. Your SSCE, BSC, etc. And your transcript.

4. Apply for a Scholarship

Note that applying for a scholarship depends on your educational prowess. Check the institutions that offer scholarships and apply. If you are a first-class or second-class upper-grade student, you can apply to a university. But if you are a second-class lower or a third-class student, you can only apply to a college.

However, some universities still admit second-class lower degree holders, so find out if the one you have applied to is one of those.

But, if you do not need a scholarship, or if you feel the process will take too much time, you must have other options. They can be:

  • If you have a sponsor( either parents or legal guardian).
  • If you get finances from organizations that offer such services.

5. Write a Letter of Incentive

This is also known as a statement of purpose. Write out why you wish to study in that particular institution. A statement of purpose gives the admission board in the school information about who you are, what you want to study, and why. You can also write your research interests, career goals, and academic plans.

6. Prepare a Study Resume

Like your letter of Incentive, write this with care. A study resume should contain your academic achievements, skills developed through academic degrees, etc.

7. Get an Offer and Acceptance Letter From a School in Canada

All the previous steps make you qualified for an offer from a school in Canada. An offer letter is a statement to indicate that there is a slot available for the degree you applied to. But, you must meet the laid down terms and conditions by the institution. Like the necessary grades and documents like your transcript.

After this, you receive a letter of acceptance. An acceptance letter is a document issued from the school you applied to that says you have been given admission to study in their school.

An offer letter is also called a pre-offer, while an acceptance letter is a final offer letter. Once you receive your acceptance letter, you are no longer required to submit anything else. With this acceptance letter, you can proceed to apply for a study permit.

8. Apply for your Study Permit and Study Visa

You can apply for a study visa and permit simultaneously apply different time or pay an additional charge. A study visa allows you, as an international student, to enter Canada, while the permit allows you to work and study in Canada. This permit and visa are essential. After through all the other processes, apply for your study permit and visa. If you have a husband or wife, you can apply for a spousal work permit.

See: How to Apply for a Canadian Study Permit

Reasons Why Students don’t want to take the IELTS Exam

Many students believe that writing an IELTS exam is risky for many reasons. We will see one of those reasons below.

  • The IELTS application fee is expensive. And as the whole journey of relocation to Canada is very expensive, it requires a lot of money. This means that most people would look for any way to reduce the cost of their relocation and can wish to look for alternatives to taking the IELTS exam.
  • The IELTS takes more than a day to complete, which in itself is stressful, especially if the individual does not live near where the IELTS exam center is.
  • There is a face-to-face part of the exam, which makes some students nervous, and can lead to failing that part.
  • There is a part of the exam that requires students to write both long and short essays. This is challenging for those who have problems with their writing skills or do not have confidence in their writing skills.
  • Some students do not have access to a qualified English teacher to help them prepare for this test. This leaves the students unprepared and not confident to take this test.
  • Some students are not ready to write the exam. After booking, they either do not prepare well or are nervous and end up wanting to opt out of the exam while they still wish to have a chance to relocate


After reading through this article, it should be straightforward on how to relocate to Canada without IELTS. Whether you are a student, either undergraduate or postgraduate, or a working class individual, there are options for everyone within Nigeria and other English-speaking countries in Africa to relocate without having to go through the hassle of an IELTS.

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