How can you immigrate to Canada from South Korea

Posted On : Jan 26 , 2023 17:38:pm

Last Updated On : January 26 , 2023

World's 12th largest economy (according to Investopedia), South Korea produces and exports cutting-edge automotive and technological brands that continue to lead their respective sectors. However, many Koreans find it difficult to look for jobs due to the current labour shortage and instead choose to work in Canada.
If you're looking to move to Canada and wondering how to immigrate from South Korea, PAIC has all the information you need! With Canada's friendly immigration system , you'll be able to make a move without hassle. Many Koreans are looking for possibilities and believe that moving to Canada will be a step toward a bright future.
Canada's first and only accessible trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region - the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, has helped many Koreans with Canadian Immigration. There are so many professions available to foreign immigrants in Canada that the government has set up programmes and frameworks to make it simpler for qualified foreign specialists.

Immigrate to Canada from South Korea as a Permanent Residence

The Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) program is open to people worldwide, including Korean citizens. To be eligible for PR, you must meet specific criteria. Once you meet all these requirements, you can apply for PR and, if approved, can permanently live and work in Canada. Tram PAIC is here to help Korean citizens interested in applying for Canadian PR To get Canadian PR from South Korea, you should be eligible for one of the following immigration programs.
Study Permit
Express Entry
Provincial Nominee Program (with Express Entry without Express Entry)
Canada offers a variety of pathways to becoming a Canadian citizen. Choose the following pathway that is right for you.

Immigrate to Canada from South Korea as an International Student

In collaboration with the Canadian and South Korean government, BIO Korea 2023 is a program for Canadian Life Science students held between 10 to 12th May 2023. Before applying as a Korean for a study visa, if you know which universities prefer International students, the chances of getting a Canadian study permit will increase.
The following universities have higher acceptance rates for international students than others:

Province University Name Acceptance rate
Alberta University of Lethbridge 93%
Manitoba University of Winnipeg 75%
Newfoundland and Labrador Memorial University of Newfoundland 67%
Manitoba Brandon University 47%

To apply for a Canadian study permit, you should be aware of the followings:

Designated Learning Institute

To apply for a study visa, you should apply for a university or college that a provincial or territorial government approves to host international students. You should check online if your selected college is on the List of designated learning institutions by province/territory.

Letter of Acceptance

The first step in applying for a Canadian study permit from Korea is to get a Letter of Acceptance from a Canadian Designated Learning Institute. A prospective student may first apply for a DLI to receive an LOA. The organisation may issue a Letter of Acceptance if the applicant is accepted.

Canada GPA for Study Permit

Each university has its Grading system, and if you are applying for a Doctor's degree from Korea, you should have the minimum required grade defined by that particular university. The Canada scoring value varies from 4.0 to 9.0 in terms of grades.

Study Cost

For some universities (Brandon University), study cost in Canada depends on the number of credits. In some universities, it depends on the program you are applying for: Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctor's Degree.

Level of Study:

level of study in Canada
If you are looking to study in Canada from Korea, you should get a study permit before arrival. There are four levels of study programmes in Canadian universities for International students: bachelor's, master's, and doctorate. Several universities and private institutions also offer short programmes that grant students professional degrees, certificates, or diplomas.

Immigrate to Canada from South Korea through Express Entry

Express Entry is the fastest pathway to Canada for International skilled workers. There are 3 programs described under Canada Express Entry System.
Canadian Experience Class
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trade Program

Apply under Canadian Experience Class

Suppose you have previous work experience in Canada. If you meet the eligibility criteria, people with Canadian work experience get additional points in the CRS Express Entry system (maximum 80 points). Most Korean employers who have previous work experience in Canada choose the CEC program for Canada Immigration and receive an ITA for Canadian PR quickly.

Apply under Federal Skilled Worker

The Federal Skilled worker program is for skilled people who desire to immigrate permanently to Canada and have prior experience working abroad. Suppose you are interested in the program and looking to move to Canada from South Korea. In that case, you should be aware of six selection factors impacting the scoring process in Express Entry through the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Suppose you are working as an IT engineer or a healthcare professional. In that case, it is the best time to apply for Canada PR as these 2 working occupations are in-demand occupation lists.

Apply under Federal Skilled Trade Program

Suppose you have previous work experience in Canada. If you meet the eligibility criteria, people with Canadian work experience get additional points in the CRS Express Entry system (maximum 80 points). Most Korean employers who have previous work experience in Canada choose the CEC program for Canada Immigration and receive an ITA for Canadian PR quickly.

Minimum CRS score required for immigrating to Canada from South Korea

The CRS score required for Express Entry can change from one round of invitations to the next. The CRS score fluctuates in a range as per the federal government requirement. In the last draw on 18th January 2023, the minimum score was 490; instead, it was 507 on the 11th January draw.

Immigrate to Canada from South Korea through Provincial Nominee Program

There are 2 pathways under the provincial nominee program Canada:
without Express Entry,
with Express Entry.
If you have selected any province while applying for Canadian Immigration through Express entry, then you would get additional 600 points for your Express Entry profile. British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the selected provinces by a majority of Koreans.

Documents required for immigrating to Canada from South Korea

If you get an ITA from the federal government, then you should be prepared yourself with the following documents:
Educational Credential Assessment
Language Test Result
Job Offer from Canadian Employer (if applicable)
Provincial Nominee Certificate
Express Entry Profile Number
Job Seeker Validation code
Birth Certificate
Police Certificate
Marital Status document
Proof of Funds

Why Koreans are Immigrating to Canada

There are many Koreans who have PR in Canada. You will get additional points for your CRS if you have Bilateral relations with a PR candidate in Canada.
Over 200,000 Canadians identify themselves as being of Korean heritage.
South Korea is Canada's seventh-largest trading partner.
Close cooperation with South Korea is vital to readying the Combined Forces Command on the Korean Peninsula.

Korean communities in Canada

There are multiple Korean communities in Canada to welcome people from South Korea. The communities help Koreans by offering skill development and expertise in their occupation. volunteers help include:
mentoring newcomers and helping them learn about Canadian culture,
connecting them with community services, or
offering language support.

Korean Canadian Cultural Association

KCCA, established in 1965, is a community-based, not-for-profit charitable organisation. Played a crucial part in encouraging Canadians from all backgrounds to recognise and appreciate Korean culture and history.

Korean Canadian Business Association of Ontario

KCBA was established in 2021, a not-for-profit organisation representing Korean Canadian business owners in North York and neighbouring communities. To help immigrants, students, and senior citizens enter the Canadian labour market, KCBA provides a variety of courses, certificates, and seminars in Korean.

Travel updates for Koreans while entering Canada

Monitor developments, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. Team PAIC recommends registering with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to receive the latest updates about travel guidelines.

Starting a new life in Canada

Starting a new life in Canada as a Korean can be a rewarding experience. There are many opportunities to explore and enjoy Canada's unique culture, language and cuisine. To get started, it is essential to become familiar with the process of immigrating to Canada. To start a new life in Canada as a Korean, you should be aware of the following.
Canadian Tax system
Canadian Housing Rent
PR card
Immigrant services for newcomers
Documents required for travelling outside the country
rights and freedoms in Canada


Canadian universities with high acceptance rates
Canada-the Republic of Korea relations

Conclusion :

Our RCIC, Mr. Paul Abraham, has played in this aspect. Thus, he is the best person to guide you through the process. The PAIC team takes care of your immigration application from scratch till the end.
There have been over 1,350 applications that have been accepted, and part of those applications came from citizens of South Korea. One of our clients Panai Chota from South Korea, has shared his review on how Paul Abraham Immigration Consulting has guided him to reach Canada through Express Entry Program successfully.