Immigrate to Canada
Canada is a country that has an open-door policy for immigrants. This means that it welcomes immigrants to its shores and offers them the opportunity to live there.
There are many reasons why Canada’s immigration policies are important, so let’s take a look at some of the most important ones here:
- Immigrants have always played an integral role in Canada’s economy, history, and culture
- These policies have helped shape Canada into what it is today.
- Canada needs new blood from time to time to keep its society healthy and strong
13 Ways you can immigrate to Canada
You can enter the country quickly by using Express Entry.
How to apply to become a permanent resident of Canada and contribute to the country’s economy as a skilled immigrant.
Express Entry oversees the following immigration programs:
- To qualify for the Canadian Experience Class, applicants must have gained relevant work experience in Canada within the preceding three years.
- Skilled workers with international work experience can apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program if they meet specific requirements.
- To participate in the Federal Skilled Trades Program, applicants must either hold a job offer or a certificate of qualification in the relevant skilled trade.
You can apply for the Provincial Nominee Program through Express Entry if you meet the above requirements. It will speed up the process of inviting you to apply if you are nominated.
Sponsorship within the Family
If your family members become permanent residents of Canada, they will be eligible to live, study, and work in the country. If you’re at least 18 years old and one of the following, you can sponsor a relative to come to Canada:
- Individuals who are Canadian citizens or
- Canadian permanent residents or
- Indians who are Canadian Indian Act registrants.
Canada immigration via a provincial nomination
An explanation of the procedure for applying to the Provincial Nominee Program, both electronically and manually.
To what extent does the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) function?
Who is this program for:
Workers with the education, training, and work experience necessary to contribute to the economy of a particular province or territory.
are looking to settle down in that province and eventually become Canadian citizens
Each state and province has its own set of rules and “streams” (immigration programs that favor certain demographics). Provincial and territorial governments may direct a particular program stream toward students, people in business, workers with specialized abilities, and personnel with intermediate levels of training.
Learn about the different ways to apply
When applying to the Provincial Nominee Program, your application process will vary based on the specific stream you choose. Either the Express Entry system or the regular application process may be required of you.
You will need to get a clean bill of health and submit a background check as part of the application process (certificate). No matter where in Canada you plan to settle down, you’ll need to go through this process.
Method of Non-Express Entry
You apply for nomination to a province or territory outside of the Express Entry system.
You must first be eligible in the province in question to be nominated.
Application processing times are longer than with Express Entry if you are nominated to apply for permanent residence online; this is because you will need to get a medical exam and a police check (certificate).
Method of Express Entry
There are two ways to apply for Express Entry online:
To get nominated for Express Entry, you must first contact a province or territory.
If the province or territory is willing to nominate you for the program, you will need to
Make an Express Entry profile (or edit your current one, if you already have one) and state that you have been nominated for the programme.
You can indicate which Canadian provinces and territories you’re considering in your Express Entry profile.
You must make direct contact with the relevant province or territory if you receive a “notification of interest” in your account.
They’re accepting applications into their Express Entry system right now.
The province or territory that nominated you will send you a nomination certificate, which you can accept digitally, if you are selected for something.
Quebec was chosen as the source for skilled workers.
To apply to become a permanent resident of Canada and settle in Quebec, one must be a skilled worker.
The Canadian government and Quebec have a unique arrangement regarding immigration. It follows its own set of criteria to select immigrants who will settle well in the province.
The application process for permanent residence in Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker consists of two parts:
- Apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec [CSQ]) to the provincial government of Quebec.
- Quebec will evaluate you based on its standards.
- That you have been officially recognized as an immigrant to Quebec is evidenced by this certificate.
- If you are selected by Quebec and awarded a CSQ, you will need to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
(Please only use these directions for your permanent residency application.)
Program for Immigration to the Atlantic Region
The Atlantic Immigration Program is a route to permanent residence for high-skilled foreign workers and international graduates of Canadian educational institutions who want to work and live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador.
Employers who have been unable to find qualified local candidates to fill open positions might receive assistance through this program.
As a caregiver, you can choose to either immigrate to Canada permanently or work temporarily.
Permanent residency for caregivers
Trying to continue your status as a legal temporary resident
Working in Canada requires permanent resident status or temporary resident status. Apply to
- Before your work permit expires, you can ask to have it extended or
- the terms attached to it changed.
If you applied for a new work permit before your old one expired, you can continue working under the same conditions as your old one until a new one is issued.
Pilot programs for home childcare providers and home support workers
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot:
- having a job offer in one of these fields and
- meeting the eligibility conditions
Employment of Live-in Caregivers
New applications for the Live-in Caregiver Program are no longer being accepted (LCP).
Permanent residency through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is only available to those with at least 2 years of qualifying work experience in the program and who meet the following requirements:
- you have a valid LCP work permit and are currently employed in Canada, or
- you have applied for and received your first LCP work permit in Canada based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment that was filed to Employment and Social Development Canada on or before November 30, 2014.
Temporarily residency for caregivers
Temporary work as a caretaker may be possible if you don’t quite match the criteria for permanent residency.
Apply to have your work authorization extended.
- As a caregiver in Canada, you may be able to apply for a work permit extension through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
- A favorable LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) will be required before your company may hire you.
Reapply for your work authorization.
Caregiver work permits through the TFWP are available in most circumstances to those who meet the following criteria:
- As you are already in Canada, you can submit your application for a work permit from within the country.
- You’re not in Canada, but your company has submitted an LMIA application before the 18th of June, 2019.
- The job is in Quebec, Canada.
Visa for New Businesses
Online evaluation questionnaires for the start-up visa programme are available.
- We are conducting online surveys with a subset of Start-up Visa program participants, industry stakeholders, and IRCC-authorised Start-up Visa program organizations (including angel investors, business incubators, and other supporting institutions) across Canada.
- Participation in surveys is entirely optional and all responses will be treated confidentially. Nothing you tell us will be used against you in any way, either now or in the future.
Project Pilot for Rural and Northern Immigration
It’s important to know that the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-based programme. This programme makes it possible for foreign workers with the right skills who want to work and live in one of the participating communities to get permanent residency.
The Agri-Food Pilot assists in satisfying the labor requirements of the Canadian agri-food industry.
Experienced, year-round professionals in high-demand fields are eligible for permanent residency through this experimental program. The duration is set till May of 2023.
A permanent resident visa under the Agri-Food Pilot program requires the applicant to meet certain requirements, including
- a full-time, year-round job offer from a Canadian employer in a qualifying industry or occupation;
- work experience in Canada in one or more of the eligible industries and occupations (outside of Quebec)
- to speak the required languages, complete the required coursework, and
- have settlement fees (if necessary) to keep one’s status as a temporary resident
Access to permanent residency through a temporary public policy
Temporary residents have a limited amount of time to become permanent residents. It is for the families of certain temporary residents who are working in Canada right now.
In some cases, you may be able to apply for permanent residency.
- you have prior job experience in a mandatory or health-related occupation in Canada
- Recently, you completed your studies at a Canadian university or college.
The Streams, and the Bounds of Their Applications
This route has six different branches:
- Three take in candidates who speak either English or French
- Three are aimed solely toward native French speakers.
No more applications will be accepted for that stream until it has reached its limit, at which point it will be taken off the application page. Before applying to any of the tracks, double-check that you meet all prerequisites.
Hong Kong’s Permanent Residency Policy
There is a permanent residency program in place for qualified individuals and their families currently residing in Canada and originally from Hong Kong under this temporary governmental policy.
Depending on your situation, you could fall into one of two categories. The following are all valid grounds for filing a permanent residence application:
- Canadian University and College Graduates
- Canadian work experience
This public policy will be in effect from June 1, 2021, through August 31, 2026.
Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot
Integration of economic immigration and refugee resettlement is a central goal of the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP). A route that
- assists qualified refugees in obtaining Canadian immigration status through pre-existing economic initiatives
- provide a fresh source of competent applicants for hiring
Refugees and asylum seekers
You can apply for refugee status in Canada, research how to enter Canada as a refugee, locate a sponsor for a refugee, or investigate refugee services in Canada, all without leaving the country.