5 Ways to Immigrate to Canada
Immigration to Canada is not easy. There are many steps one has to take in order to successfully apply and get approved for Canada immigration. Also the process can take a number of months and in some cases a few years. But if you know what options are avaiiable, you can improve your changes of success and avoid “pit falls”, frustations and delays.
5 Options for Immigration to Canada
1. Skilled Worker Application
The Skilled Worker Application process is for individuals who can make a contribution to the Canadian labor force upon arriving in Canada. Such applicants are assessed based on a “point system”. The point system grades applicants based on factors such as education, work experience, age, family in Canada, occupation and language ability. Also if you have Arranged Employment in Canada, that can factor into your application. The Skilled Worker Category is a very popular category but generally is difficult to apply for. In order to successfully apply, you have to have an occupation on the Skilled Worker Occupation List. If you do not, there are other possible ways to apply. However, you would require a job offer in Canada.
2. Family Class Sponsorship
Family Reunification remains a corner-stone of Canada immigration policy. Families in Canada can sponsor their relatives to come to Canada on a permanent basis. In order to qualify to Sponsor your relative, you have to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Also who you can sponsor is: your spouse and children under the age of 22 (there are some exceptions to this). Sponsoring your parents or grandparents is no longer an option at this time. However, you can bring them to Canada under the Super Visa Category.
3. LMO Work Visa
Many applicants for Canadian immigration first get Canadian job offers, apply for a work visa and then on that basis, immigrate to Canada. The LMO (or Labor Market Opinion) process involves securing a Canadian job offer, having the Canadian employer apply for an LMO though Service Canada and then the applicant applying for the work permit after the LMO is approved. This is a very involved processes but can lead to Canadian permanent residence.
4. The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
The PNP route is becoming an increasingly popular way to immigrate to Canada. Canadian provinces such as Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and others have developed their own immigration programs that offen lead to a fast-track process. However, the PNP category generally requires that applicants reside in the respective Provinces after they arrive in Canada. Further, most PNPs require a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to qualify.
5. Canadian Investor Immigration
The Investor Category is designed for high net worth individuas who have owned or managed businesses overseas. There are essentially two investor programs in Canada: The Federal Investor Program and the Quebec program. Both programs are somewhat similar and require that the applicants have a high net worth and make a large investment in an approved investment fund for a 5 year period. Investor immigrants can bring their spouses and children as dependents to their applications.
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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
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