How to Immigrate from Spain to Canada


Do you want to know how to immigrate from Spain to Canada? Well, now you can thanks to our blog post. Canada is about to welcome no less than 400,000 immigrants in 2021 (yes, despite the Covid-19 pandemic) and a total of more than 1.2 million by 2023. As you can probably understand by now, Canada loves immigrants. So, don’t you want to be one of them? Learn all you need to know about immigrating from Spain to the land of the maple leaf right here in our guide, from the best visa programs to necessary documents, medical exams, language tests, and more.

Which Canadian Visa Program Should I Apply For?

First off, do a little bit of research about visa programs in Canada, as there are over 100 different immigration streams and visa programs you can apply for.

Each of these has its own set of requirements. Some are specifically for international students, like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), which lets students who have graduated from Canadian universities have the chance to become permanent residents of the country.

You must know the reason why you want to immigrate from Spain to Canada. Is it to study, work, or go on vacation? This can help narrow down your choice to find the right route for you to get to Canada.

You can also do some research about these provinces or territories to find the one that has the right occupations, universities, or housing that fits what you are looking for.


Do you know where you want to live in Canada? Because you must know, that some visas or programs are only available in certain provinces and territories in the country.

What Documents Do You Need?

The documents and forms you need to bring to each visa program will be different depending on where you wish to immigrate to in Canada.

Here is a list of general documents you will probably need to have with you to help with your journey.

  • A medical exam (if applicable);
  • Police clearance (if applicable);
  • Biometrics;
  • Your NOC (National Occupational Classification) code;
  • ECA or Educational Credential Assessment (if applicable)
  • Language tests like TEF and IELTS; and
  • Your passport and ID

Applying for a Medical Exam in Spain

If you are planning to stay in Canada for less than six months, you will probably not need to do a medical examination. But if you are planning to visit, work, or study for longer than that six month period, you will need to get it done. Just remember that Canada will only accept a medical exam from a doctor who belongs to the Canadian panel of physicians.

But not to worry, here is a list of doctors that are approved by Canada, where to find them, and their contact details:

Doctor Name City Contact Details
Jorge Caparros Ferrer Barcelona (34) 609 34 68 97 or 93 394 45 00
Anna Palau Del Aguila Barcelona 34-932522522
Ramon Navarro Canals Barcelona 34-932522522
Juana Torres Martinez Madrid (34-91) 3531416 or
Elisa Munoz Allende Madrid (34-91) 3531416 or 34 (91) 3531430

You need to bring the following to your medical exam:

  • ID or other documents that can be used for identification purposes;
  • Any medical reports that outline any existing medical conditions;
  • Medical report form 1017E; and
  • Four photographs of yourself if your doctor does not use eMedical

Please note that this medical exam will be valid for one year, so make sure that you apply for one that meets your time constraints.

Police Clearance

If you plan to come to Canada, you will most likely have to complete a police clearance document.

This is done to prove that you have no existing or outstanding convictions against you. Something as simple as a DUI can have a real effect on your immigration, so please be aware.

Your immigration program will outline whether you need these documents or not. If you need a police clearance certificate, here is what you must have.

  • A valid mail address;
  • Contact option like a phone number or email address;
  • A document that states your reason for coming to Canada;
  • Application forms given to you by your police station;
  • A document with a full set of fingerprints done in black ink, which includes:
    • Your name, date of birth, and your sex;
    • The name of the police station, the address you completed this document at; and
    • The name and signature of the police officer who helped you with this document

Please note that there will be an application fee for this document.

This process can take up to three weeks to complete after these documents are handed over to the Canadian Immigration office.

If you wish to apply for a Criminal Record Check in Spain, you can at the following address:
Policía Nacional, Policía Científica between the times of 9-9-15 on Thursday

If you have any issues, you can contact the CCRTIS or Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services at mailto:[email protected]

Biometrics in Spain?

First off, let’s start by explaining what biometrics are. Biometrics in Canada is used for security purposes to see who comes in and out of the country.

It is a way to accurately keep track of people through facial and fingerprint recognition. Thankfully, it lasts for up to 10 years so you do not need to constantly reapply every year.

Here is a short video to tell you the basics of the biometric system used by Canada.

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