Want to “Japa”? Here are legal ways to do it

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“Ja pa” a Yoruba word, loosely translates to “run away”. No doubt, the unfavorable economic conditions of the country have spurred more discussions about relocating abroad. For a lot of Nigerians, “running away” from this country is the best gift you can give yourself.

Now if you’ve thought about moving to another country, but don’t know where to start, here are ways you can go about it

Relocating as a professional

Countries all over the world offer work visas to people to move into their countries to work. Although it is a bit controversial, a lot of businesses and professionals are leaving Nigeria to continue their careers. Some countries are employing  English speaking migrants to teach the English language in their countries.

Relocation on investment

It simply means if you invest a certain amount of money in the economy of another country, you can automatically become a citizen. You can also do this by simply buying lands or properties in those countries. You can also become a citizen by starting a business in some countries that allow it. This is because this way, you are building their economy.

Point-based system

Some countries use a point based system to allow migrants in their country. The point based system is used to qualify or disqualify people. The metrics that determine these points are, age, qualifications, work experience etc. This system is a common method used to relocate to Canada

Relocating as a student

An easy method to leave Nigeria is through student visas. This opportunity is open to both undergraduate students and postgraduate students. Many European countries offer scholarships, cheap or free education.

Relocating through family

If you can prove that you’re related to a citizen of another country, through marriage, parenthood, etc. You would be given a permanent residency.

Before you embark on your Japa journey, note these few points: 

  • Do adequate research about the countries you intend to relocate to
  • Be wary of scammers. Do your consultations with a licensed consultant
  •  Keep your options open. Do not be bent on relocating to a particular country just because others are doing that.
  • Plan adequately and study the requirement
  • Save, save, save! It’s going to cost a lot so make sure you have enough money to fall back on if things go south.

Wish you goodluck!

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