Brazilian people arrive at the decision to pursue Canadian immigration for lots of reasons. For some, it could be to join family members who have already made the move from Brazil to Canada. For others, it’s the chance to pursue an education in a new or pursue the economic opportunities afforded by life in Canada.

Whatever the reason, Canada has many potential immigration programs to choose at the federal level, and there are a variety of provincial immigration programs as well. 

However, narrowing down these options can be a very difficult task, which is why speaking with a qualified immigration consultant is the best thing Brazilians can do to evaluate their options and give themselves the best chance of success.

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Which is Better to Immigrate to Canada: Family Sponsorship or Economic Immigration?

In recent years, moving from Brazil to Canada has become increasingly popular with Brazilian nationals. The number of immigration applicants from major Brazilian cities, like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, continues to climb and shows no signs of slowing down.

For Brazilians moving from Brazil to Canada, the vast majority of visa applications are either sponsored by family members or through one of the express entry programs at the federal level in Canada.

Many Brazilians have achieved permanent resident status through these routes. Depending on your situation, one of these options could be your best way of securing a Canadian visa.

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Family Sponsorship

For people in Brazil with family members who have already become either permanent residents or citizens of Canada, the family sponsorship program makes it possible for Brazilian families to reunite in Canada.

All citizens or permanent residents of Canada have the right to sponsor family members for permanent residency in Canada. Processing times for this kind of immigration can vary significantly, even if all the people involved meet the necessary requirements.

For a complete explanation of the application process, including what to expect and everything you need to know about the family sponsorship program can be found here.

Express Entry Immigration Programs

For skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada, the Express Entry program offers several options. This program includes several different immigration routes, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently could be admissible for a visa under the Federal Skilled Worker program. People who apply for this program and fulfill the minimum requirements are judged on the following criteria:

  • age
  • education and work experience
  • valid job offers
  • language skills (English and/or French)

For more information about applying to this program, click here.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

This program is for workers in the kind of technical jobs and skilled trades that normally require a college diploma or training as an apprentice who wants to become permanent residents of Canada.

According to Canada’s National Occupational Classification groups, these “skill type-B” jobs include the construction and maintenance trades, technical jobs in the manufacturing or natural resources sectors, as well as cooks, chefs, bakers, and butchers.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Meeting the required language levels for reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • Having at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or equivalent) in a skilled trade within 5 years before the application
  • Meeting the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification
  • Having a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority

For a complete explanation of the eligibility criteria and information on how to apply to the Federal Skilled Trades Program, click here.

Canadian Experience Class

For people who have Canadian work experience in management, professional or technical jobs, and skilled trades, the Canadian Experience Class program is probably the fastest route to permanent residency in any Canadian province or territory other than Québec.

To qualify for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • 12 months of work experience in Canada legally gained in the last three years
  • Minimum language level requirements

For a full explanation of the requirements and qualifying work experience, learn more about the Canadian Experience Class program here.

Preparing Your Canadian Immigration Application

Before you apply to become a permanent resident and make the move to Canada, you will need to gather a number of important documents and complete several tests to get everything you need for your visa application.

Verified Credentials

For any qualifications, certificates, or degrees received in Brazil, you will need to have them verified to show that they meet Canadian standards. Your educational background and professional qualifications are essential for any Canadian immigration application, so make sure they are prepared well in advance.

You can obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) through the following sources:

  • Comparative Education Service
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada 
  • World Education Services 
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service
  • International Credential Evaluation Service 

If you graduated from a Canadian educational institution, those diplomas or certificates do not require independent verification.

Language Testing

To prove French or English language skills, potential emigrants from Brazil must take an approved test and include the results with their immigration application.

Approved Language Tests


  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System


  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
  • TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français

Necessary Documents

Although certain requirements may vary based on the type of program, immigration applications require documentation for the following:

  • Medical exam
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Six months of banking history
  • Letters of reference
  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth and adoption certificate for children
  • All pages of your passport
  • Photographs taken in the specified format
  • Travel and living history for the past ten years
  • Biometrics

These general guidelines might not cover all of the specific requirements of your application. As you can see, it is a complicated process, one that many people find it difficult to navigate on their own. Speaking with an immigration consultant is the best way to clarify your particular requirements and find your way through the various government requirements.

Tudor House Immigration can Help you Move From Brazil to Canada

Tudor House Immigration Services provides trusted immigration consultation for anyone from Brazil who wants to immigrate to Canada. Whether for work, studies, or personal reasons, we strive to meet each Brazilian’s immigration goals by delivering trustworthy information and representation to help make the process as easy as possible.

As a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, Tudor House Immigration Services provides every client with candid advice, along with clear checklists and timelines, so they can make their Canadian dreams into reality.

Need Assistance?

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