Now that the travel restrictions have eased up, it’s a perfect opportunity to explore if you can immigrate to Canada. Although the process is not as easy as it seems to be, knowing which immigration way/option works best for your profile is crucial. Your knowledge will help you increase your chances of being eligible for one of Canada’s immigration programs.
With that, here are five ways to immigrate to Canada in 2022:
This is Canada’s primary immigration program, which grants applicants permanent residency in any province in Canada, except for Quebec. Applicants submit an online profile, which is scored under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on the applicant’s profile. Applicants are graded based on factors such as their language score, year of work experience, post-secondary education, and age qualification.
Candidates can acquire additional points to increase their CRS score, and subsequently the probability of getting an invitation, with settlement factors such as:
- Proficiency in the French language
- Canadian relatives
- A valid Canadian job offer
- Canadian education credentials
- Education, employment, and/or language score of spouse or common law partner
- Canadian work experience
Meanwhile, there are three economic class immigration programs under Express Entry:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
This Canadian immigration program is a two-way process. The applicants first apply to a province or territory, and once they have received a nomination, they can use it to apply to the federal government or directly get permanent residency from the province.
This program has two categories:
- Enhance PNP – This can use the Express Entry pool to draw applicants. If the applicants receive a nomination for this category, they will automatically receive 600 points, which will be added to their score for Express Entry. This may increase their chance to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.
- Base PNP – This is an independent operation from Express Entry. This category is inclined to attract applicants to boost the economy of a specific region. Those who have a connection to a Canadian province, such as local studies or work experience, or workers whose profession is under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill levels C and D, who are not qualified for Express Entry, can apply to this category, depending on the province.
Note: This Canadian immigration program can be an alternate for those applicants who do not qualify for the Express Entry Program. Candidates who are already in the Express Entry pool can opt to apply for this program to gain extra points.
This Canadian immigration program also grants permanent residency. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can bring their family members to Canada through a sponsorship program, but they must be financially capable of supporting their family members to do so.
The family member that is being sponsored must pass Canada’s criminal and medical admission criteria. Also, his/her relationship with the sponsor must be proven as genuine.
Reminder: Canadian citizens or permanent residents are qualified to sponsor their family members to immigrate to Canada.
Those who have experience in managing a business or have an existing business outside Canada may be eligible for one of the business immigration programs. You can apply through a federal or provincial business immigration program if you either plan to be self-employed or start a business in Canada.
These programs usually require applicants to invest in the business they plan to start in Canada and have a cohesive business plan. By allowing business experts to invest in the economy of Canada, IRCC hopes that they will contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy.
Entrepreneurs with existing businesses can also expand to Canada by opening a branch or subsidiary. There are treaty programs which allow such expansion with a work permit and a subsequent path to permanent residency.
Since business programs are widely varied, we usually start working with our clients by analyzing their resources and goals to determine the best business immigration program for them.
Reminder: The required amount of money depends on the program that the business owner would like to apply for. If they want to invest a lower amount of money, they can choose to start a business in a less populated area.
Some Canadian immigrants immigrate to Canada through the LMIA work permit. Those who immigrate using this process get a Canadian job offer first. Then, the worker can apply for a working visa and immigrate to Canada. The Canadian employer has to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) through Service Canada to show that the employer genuinely has a need for a foreign worker. Once the LMIA is approved, the worker can now apply for a work permit. After that, you can opt to permanently immigrate to Canada through permanent residence programs.
Want to Know Which Program is Best for you to Immigrate to Canada?
If you plan on immigrating to Canada and want to check if you are eligible for permanent residency, you can book a consultation with us, Chitra and Associates, or give us a call at +1-604-484-9474, to help you find the perfect immigration program that you can apply for. We work with our clients throughout the process, starting with a strategy call where we determine which program will help you achieve your goals in the fastest and most efficient way.