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Canadian Immigration Pathways

Canadian Immigration Pathways

With over 1 Million Immigrants needed by 2020-2022 to support 5 million Canadians retiring by 2035, Canada is an excellent choice for people from around the world to immigrate to.

Canada has a wide array of Immigration Programs, from express entry to provincial nominee programs to student pathway, and everyone is invited to send their application as soon as possible to not miss this chance.

Overview of Canadian Immigration Programs
There are over 100 Canadian Immigration Pathways and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has categorized them into different classes – Economic, Family and Humanitarian & Refugee.

Economic Class
An applicant may qualify for permanent residency status based on their ability to take part in the economy. Candidates with skills, experience and education that are considered desirable in the Canadian Labor Market will have a significant advantage. Economic Class immigrants account for the majority of newcomers to Canada every year: about 60% by 2023.

There are several pathways you can take on your way to dream life in Canada thru Economic immigration, let’s explore your options:

Family Sponsorship
The family class sponsorship is for permanent residents and citizens residing in Canada who are interested in sponsoring close family members living outside of Canada. These includes:

Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship
Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP)
Dependent child (Adopted or Biological)

Humanitarian and Compassionate Immigration
Immigrants who need protection and are unable to return to their home country are eligible to apply as refugees. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can nominate and sponsor qualified individuals.

To become successful in their application for H & C, you should:

  • have strong family ties to Canada
  • be enrolled in an educational program in Canada but do no have a valid study permit
  • have not submitted an H&C application for which a decision was not made yet
  • be employed in Canada but do not have a work permit
  • participate in any kind of volunteering
  • have an investment in Canada in the form of property or savings
  • have strong social and community ties in Canada

What are the Eligibility Requirements to Immigrate to Canada?
Every program has its own eligibility requirement. To apply as a federal skilled worker for example, you need to:

  • have at least one year of continuous full-time work experience in the last ten years
  • have good ability to express yourself in the English or French language
  • prove yourself that you have overseas diploma, degree, or certificate is equivalent to a completed Canadian educational credential

The documents required for an immigration application depend on the program to which you are applying. For example, some immigration programs require Canadian experience and some do not require any at all.

On the other hand, education is not required for those applying under the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But you must:

  • show that he meets or exceed the threshold in four language abilities which are speaking, listening, reading and writing
  •  have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the last 5 years prior to the application
  •  fulfill the requirements for skilled trade occupation as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) except for needing a certificate of qualification
  •  have a valid offer of employment that is full-time for a total period of at least 1 year or a certificate of qualification in that occupation issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority

Who is a Canadian Permanent Resident?
A Canadian permanent resident is someone who has obtained permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada. Permanent residents have the right to live and work anywhere in the country. Every permanent resident is given a PR card which provides proof that you have permanent resident status in Canada. A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident but there are many options for them to become Canadian permanent residents.

How to Become a Permanent Resident of Canada?
Canada has numerous immigration programs and pathways for interested applicants to apply to. Depending on which route one takes, it is important to learn and find out which of the 100+ streams his profile would be best fit.

How to find the right Canadian Immigration Program for you?

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Quebec Skilled Worker Program
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

Who is a Canadian Citizen?
A Canadian immigrant may apply for Canadian Citizenship after spending at least three years in Canada as a permanent resident

A Canadian citizen is entitled to many rights and freedoms, including the right to vote in all elections and hold a Canadian passport. People who were born in Canada automatically qualify for Canadian citizenship however if you are born elsewhere and want to become a Canadian Citizen, you can become one through a process called naturalization by going through the proper application process with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). As a citizen, you have access to free public healthcare, education and social services. Your citizenship status cannot be revoked nor removed.

Canadian provinces and territories where immigrants can settle
Explore the different streams and pathways offered by each province.

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Is a Job Offer required when immigrating to Canada?
The answer is simply No but having an employment offer increases your chances of being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Although some immigration programs require you to have a valid job offer, the majority of the programs do not require an offer of employment in Canada.

Start Your Journey to Canada

Expedite your Study Permit Application through the Student Direct Stream
Expedite your Work Permit Application through the Global Skills Strategy
Take advantage of ZT Canada’s Free Tools and Resources to assist you with your Canadian Immigration Goals

Ready to Get a Job & Immigrate to Canada?

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