How to Immigrate From Netherlands to Canada


Do you want to know how to immigrate from the Netherlands to Canada? Well, you have come to the right place. Many people don’t know this, but Canada and the Netherlands have a long-standing history of support and admiration. Ever hear of the annual Tulip Festival in Ottawa? Well, the celebration actually commemorates the time the Dutch royal family sought refuge in Canada during the German occupation in World War II. As a gesture of thanks, the Queen of the Netherlands sent Canada millions of tulips and that’s how the celebration started.

With our comprehensive guide on how to immigrate from the Netherlands to Canada, you can also make the land of the maple leaf your home. Let’s get started.

Choose The Right Immigration Program

There are over 100 Canadian immigration programs to choose from. The first hurdle you will have to overcome is figuring out which immigration program you qualify for. The selection process is especially difficult because every program has a unique set of requirements you will have to meet to qualify.

The most popular programs include:
Federal Skilled Worker Program – one of several programs managed by the Express Entry system. As the name implies, this program is designed to bring skilled workers to Canada. The reason for its popularity is because it enjoys faster processing times under the Express Entry system. Applications are generally processed within six months.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) – each of Canada’s provinces and territories are empowered to nominate individuals who would like to immigrate to Canada to come and live and work in their borders. Each PNP has several subcategories designed to find individuals with the particular skills and experience needed in the province or territory.
Family Sponsorship – if you have a relative or spouse living in Canada as a citizen or permanent resident, they can sponsor your application for Canadian permanent residence. Both the sponsor and sponsee need to meet certain criteria for the sponsorship application to be successful.
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For the purposes of our guide, we will be focusing on the Federal Skilled Worker Program as it is the most general program and, for many, the easiest route to Canada. Below we break down how to immigrate from the Netherlands to Canada into six simple steps.

Step 1 – Education Assessment

We recommend you start the process by getting your education credentials assessed or as it is more commonly known, your Education Credential Assessment (ECA). The Canadian government wants to know if your educational background matches their standards to determine whether you are qualified to work in the country.


You will need to get official photocopies of all of your qualifications and transcripts. If any of these documents are not in English or French, you will have to get them translated by a certified translator.

Step 2 – Language Tests

Seeing as your ECA will take quite a while to get back to you, now is the perfect time to start preparing for your Canadian language tests. Canada is a bilingual country where both English and French are considered official languages. You will have to prove your ability to understand either one of these languages to qualify for immigration to Canada.

If you are better at English, we recommend you take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The test is designed to assess your reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills in English. The higher you score on the test, the better your chances of immigrating to Canada from the Netherlands. You can take the test at the British Council right in the heart of Amsterdam.

The French equivalent of IELTS is TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) and it is structured in essentially the same format.

Step 3 – Create Your Express Entry Profile

Once you have received your language test results and your ECA, you have all the information to create your Express Entry profile. So you must be wondering what an Express Entry profile is for? To answer that question I will have to explain how the system works.

Candidates who want to qualify for one of Canada’s Express Entry linked immigration programs need to create an Express Entry profile. The process is quite simple and involves you answering some short questions about yourself, including your age, work experience, educational background, language skills (based on your IETLS and TEF results), and ability to adapt to living in Canada. You will be assigned a Comprehensive System Ranking (CRS) score based on these answers. Your profile is then entered into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS scores.

The Express Entry system holds regular draws where they issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates entered in the Express Entry pool. The higher your CRS score the more likely you will be selected in a draw.

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