How to move to Canada without a job offer?

Express entry programs are the main source for Canada immigration of skilled applicants who want to live in Canada as permanent residents. It is the fastest way to receive a PR Visa as an ideal application takes between 6 to 8 months to process. That's why it's the most popular immigration program for aspirants who want to get their Canadian permanent residency.

Canada has recently released the details of their new immigration plans, where they have targeted to admit 1.1 million immigrants each year from 2021-2023. So, if you are looking to move to Canada it is the ideal time to do so.

 Book Your Zoom Consultation

Express Entry without a job-offer

Express entry is an application management system for the three federal economic immigration programs:

It ranks all the profiles in the express entry pool with the use of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are assigned based on the factors like age, language proficiency, work experience, etc. These points determine the rank in the pool. The highest-ranked profiles are issued ITAs through frequently held express entry draws.

There are minimum requirements to be eligible for the express entry program. To create an express entry profile you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have at least 12 months of continuous work experience in a skilled occupation or its equivalent in part-time experience. Your occupation must be categorized under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level 0, A, or B.
  • Have to take an approved language test. For English, IELTS is a must for the candidates. You have to get at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 to be eligible that translates to 6 points per band in IELTS.
  • Must have completed a minimum education equal to the completion of a Canadian high school diploma.
  • Score 67 points in FSW points assessment grid.
  • Provide proof of funds to support your move to Canada financially.

Check Your Eligibility

How many points are awarded for a job offer?

After you have met all the requirements, you can create your online express entry profile. To be eligible for the Express Entry program, you do not need a job offer. However, getting pre-arranged employment increases your chances of getting an ITA for a PR Visa. To know how many points are awarded for a job offer, use the CRS tool to know your CRS score.

Other options to move to Canada without a job offer

There are other immigration programs under Canada immigration that gives you a pathway to permanent residency without having a job offer.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs)

PNP allows the provinces and territories to nominate skilled immigrants for permanent resident status if they meet the demands of their local labor market. Each PNP has its requirements and some nomination programs do not require a job offer to be eligible for provincial nomination. Following are some of those PNPs:

Business Immigration

If you want to run your own business in Canada, Business immigration is the way you have to go. There are various programs like the Start-up visa program, the Self-employed program, etc. under business immigration. You have to meet the minimum requirements of these programs that include the minimum net worth, etc. to be eligible for these programs. These programs allow you to apply for Canada permanent residence without any job offer.

How Nationwide Can Help You?


ICCRC Registered


Hand Holding Support


True & Transparent


Process Time 9-12 Months

If you need any assistance in getting a job in Canada, we provide our clients with 100% job assistance services that include Resume re-designing, job-bank account creation, etc. With our experience of 14+ years in the immigration industry, we give our clients benchmark immigration services to make the whole process hassle-free.