US & Canada Immigration News

Toll-Free: 1-866-929-0991

Outside of North America: +1-416-410-7484

Fill out our immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and immigration options.

How to Apply for a “Canadian Green Card”

Canada doesn’t really have a “green card” per se, but our “Green Card” is somewhat but not exactly equivalent to a permanent resident card or permanent resident status.

Like a United States green card holder, a permanent resident of Canada is someone who is foreign born and has immigrated to Canada but is not yet a Canadian citizen. The opportunity to become a Canadian citizen is there eventually, though. Permanent residents can also live and work anywhere in the country, as well as leave Canada and re-enter freely.

There are four main ways to becoming a permanent resident of Canada, and these may be called immigration categories or “streams”. To become a permanent resident, you will need to qualify under any one of these streams.

Ways of obtaining a Canadian green card

The immigration streams that can lead to permanent resident status in Canada are:

The Independent/Skilled Worker Category

A skilled worker has skills that make them useful to the Canadian labour market. They generally have higher education or valuable skills, and must have work experience in specific occupations including management occupations, professional occupations or skilled trades. To qualify for the skilled worker program, applicants are assessed using a points system. They earn points for things like their age, language proficiency, work experience and education, and require 67 points out of a possible 100 to qualify.

Business immigration

Business immigration includes investors and those who are self-employed. Self-employed persons must be able to purchase or establish a business in Canada that will contribute to the economy. Investors must be able to invest a specific sum of money in a Canadian business as well as have business experience.

Family Class Immigration

If you have a close relative or spouse who is a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen, they could be eligible to sponsor you to come to Canada and become a permanent resident.

Canadian Experience Class

People who come to Canada on a study permit or work permit who are proficient in one of the two official languages and have work experience in Canada may be able to qualify for the Canadian Experience Class. This is because they are familiar with Canadian society and the labour market, and will adjust to life in Canada easily.

Do you know if you qualify for a Canadian green card? Contact us! We can help you determine how best to become a permanent resident in Canada after an assessment of your case.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

24 thoughts on “How to Apply for a “Canadian Green Card”

  1. hafiswa naluyima

    Hello Micheal,am ugandan you are doing a great job for the world thank you,i have a master’s degree in public administration and i have working experience of 8 years in people management and customer experience which is the core of an organisation.i want to learn more about Canadian culture and study about early children development as dream career.thank you

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Hafiswa,

      Thank you for the kind words about our CEO and our company! You can follow this link to learn more about Canadian immigration: http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/ Here is some information on migrating as a teacher in Canada: http://www.visaplace.com/blog-immigration-law/canadian-work-visa/migrate-canada-teacher/ if you were interested in working in Canada, you would be required to obtain a Canada Work Visa Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Gathoni

    Am Kenyan living in Rwanda would like to apply for a green card. Am married and would like to move with my husband. What are the requirements? Am I eligible?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Gathoni,

      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted me! Here is some more information on Canadian Permanent Residency: http://www.visaplace.com/canadian-immigration/canada-permanent-residence/ Please Gathoni, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status here in Canada.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Rashid

    I am a kenyan living in kenya at the moment,i hold a degree business information technology with experience of over 5yrs working with Non-governmental organization English ,am aged 35yrs with a family, am i eligible for any category of visa and greencard i realy love canada.thanks.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Rashid,

      I can understand how complicated the process can be very difficult. We have helped thousands of clients in your similar situation of not knowing which visa to choose. I would love to help you during your process of moving to Canada. Hiring an immigration lawyer will increase your chances of being approved for immigration. Please Rashid, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status here in Canada.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. Oliver Leon

    Hello,
    My name is Oliver Leon, I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I have a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering, I also have an associate degree in Applied Science. I have 3 years of experience as a PHP web developer. I would like to know if I qualify for a Canadian Green Card or if I am eligible for a work visa. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Oliver. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  5. charles mawugbe

    I want to come to Canada for management occupation and also will like to do any business there

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Charles. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  6. Seifemichael Getachew

    Hello, my name is Seifemichael Getachew i’ m 24 yrs Ethiopian citizen currently pursuing my master’s degree in India,IIT Bombay in Construction management and I have two yrs experience in teaching in higher education and am I eligible for visa under the immigration category?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Seifemichael. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  7. Arham Saeed

    Hello,
    I am a US citizen and I am planning to move to Canada permanently. I have an associates in electronics engineering technology and currently I am studying bachelors in electrical engineering technology. How can I apply and what are the opportunities available for me?

    Thank You.
    Regards,
    Arham

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Arham. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  8. Nat

    Hello! My name is Natalia, I’m from Ukraine. I have Master’s Degree in Ecology and Environmental Protection, but worked as a Client Manager in Business School (1 year), and then as a Content Manager (freelancer, 5 months). Also I have 6 years experience as a tutor of English and Ukrainian for little children. Am I eligible for any category of visa and greencard.Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Nat. There are many factors that need to be evaluated in order to determine your eligibility for the Express Entry immigration program. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  9. Mushtaq

    Hello!
    I am a high school graduate from India. I am interested in studying medicine in canada. I can speak english fluently and understand to the maximum. I am well acquainted with canadian culture. How will I be eligible to study medicine second what are the requirements.
    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Mushtaq. The first step in the study visa process is to get a letter of acceptance from an accredited Canadian learning institution. Once you have your acceptance letter, we can help you obtain the study visa that you will need to come to Canada.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  10. Ngugi james

    I am a kenyan ages 27 na married i have a grade 3 in arc welding with a 5 year experience… Would like to apply for a visa to Canada… Can u help mr out please

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ngugi. You will first need a job offer from a Canadian company. You can search the Canadian job boards such as http://www.monster.ca or http://www.indeed.ca . Once you have your job offer, we can help you obtain the work visa that you will need to come to Canada.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  11. Francis Bahati

    I am a kenyan living in kenya at the moment,i hold a diploma in medical laboratory technology with experience of over 10yrs working in hospital environment and a former corrrectional officerfor 5yrs and speak fluent english ,am aged 35yrs with a family, am i eligible for any category of visa and greencard i realy love canada.thanks.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Francis. I am really glad that you contacted us.

      There are many factors that are looked at when determining eligibility.

      Please Francis, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to help you achieve your goal.

      Vahe

      Reply
  12. Abdul Baseer

    Hello,
    Well, I think I don’t come any of above categories. My problem is something else! Why I want to qualify in the entire proces?
    I live in Afghanistan and I’ve gotten a bachelor degree in English literature. I’ve been working with coalition forces in Afghanistan since a year. since I got a job with them, my life is in danger. So I got a question! Can I qualify for this proces? Please inform me. I will appreciate you.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Abdul

      There are a lot of challenges in applying for Canadian immigration from Afghanistan. If you dont fall into the immigration categories, it will be difficult. You can contact us for a formal assessment and we can see if there are options for you.
      Best
      Michael

      Reply

Leave a Comment:

Your email address will not be published.

 

The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.

Associations