How to Move to Canada
How to Move to Canada: Immigration to Canada is not a one-step process; it requires several steps, planning, money and experience to successfully come to Canada. Many people lack experience and proper advice, find themselves confused and frustrated with the process.
Canada has several pathways and programs that are used to attract and retain eligible and skilled immigrants to Canada. You can move to Canada as a student, skilled worker or through various sponsorship programs.
There are programs for unmarried singles as well as programs for legally married couples or families with children. If you decide to move to Canada with your family, you will need to choose one of the family programs.
There are two ways to move to Canada with your family, one through the Federal Skilled Worker Program linked to the Canadian Federal Entrance. The other is through the family sponsorship program.
All of Canada’s immigration policy aims to invite skilled immigrants to Canada to help grow the country’s economy and strengthen their workforce.
Immigration to Canada is based on points, which means that applicants are rated based on their age, work experience, language skills, education, etc.
The Canada Express Entry program is used to rate applicants who register and create a profile, and the candidate with the most points is invited to apply through one of Canada’s provincial programs.
Applicants wishing to move to Canada must create an Express Entry profile, which will then be added to a pool where they will be classified. You can use the express entry point calculator to rank and check if you are eligible for an invitation.
- Express entry
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
- Become an international student
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (PIA)
Express Entry is a system of immigration programs that help skilled workers move to Canada as permanent residents. The system ranks applicants based on their age, education, work experience and language skills, and then selects the best candidates to come to Canada. Express entry also allows workers to bring their family members!
Express Entry has the fastest processing times of any permanent resident program in Canada, with 80% of applications being processed in 4 months or less.
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The Requirement to register for the express entry pool
You will need a
- Medical certificate
- Certificate of studies
- Police clearance certificate
- Proof of funds
- Passport photography
- Employment records and income records to show work experience.
- IELTS test results proving your mastery of the language
- Be sure to collect all of these documents, as you will be asked to present them when you complete or create your express entry profile.
How to create an express entry profile?
- visit the official Canadian site to obtain the form.
- Canada will ask you to complete a questionnaire to verify your eligibility (Express Entry Questionnaire).
- After completing the questionnaire, you will receive a personal reference code
- Click on the express registration form and answer all the questions to create your profile.
- Create your login details and finish registering your profile
- You will be asked for your reference key, fill it out and continue.
- Complete the different sections of the profile
- You will be asked if you have a job offer in Canada if you have to fill out the job offer form otherwise click on None.
- Accept all terms and conditions, then submit them.
- You will receive a profile number and other messages to confirm that your account has been successfully created
- Now you will have to wait for an invitation from a Canadian province.
Canadian provincial appointments take place weekly or monthly, so you need to be alert to receive the latest news for an invitation. For an update on a provincial appointment, visit our Immigration to Canada news page.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
Each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories (except Quebec) has its own immigration program, called the Provincial Nominee Program or PNPs. PNPs allow the provinces to meet their individual economic needs by proposing certain candidates for permanent resident status. PNPs often look for foreign workers with experience in high-demand occupations in the province. For example, the Province of Saskatchewan recently changed its PNPs to designate more computer programmers.
There are almost 80 different PNPs in Canada, each with its own set of eligibility criteria. If you qualify for just one of them, this could be your ticket to Canada!
Become an international student
Canada is a destination of choice in the world for international students. This is due to the large schools in the country, the affordable tuition fees and the positive attitude towards newcomers. But! Canada also allows international students to apply for permanent immigration after the end of their studies. For this reason, many newcomers choose to start their immigration journey by studying in Canada, and then apply for permanent resident status later!
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (PIA)
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (PIA) was launched in 2017 to help attract more workers to Canada’s Atlantic region. The program allows employers in the Atlantic region to hire international workers from outside Canada. If an international worker receives a job offer from one of the participating employers, he receives support in his immigration process and in his establishment in Canada.
To be eligible for the AIP, you must first obtain a job offer from one of the designated employers in the program. See the full list of designated employers here!
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