Top 9 Ways to Immigrate to Canada in 2020 with Permanent Residence (PR) Work Permit Visa: In this article you will know all the best and easiest possible ways to Immigrate to Canada and get a Canadian PR. Over the past few years, the process for Canadian Immigration has been really streamlined and most of the time it’s just a matter of choosing the right category/stream to apply in.
Canada has opened its doors really wide open since early 2017 and there are many ways to make Canada as your new home. While this sounds exciting at first, it also confuses people on which stream to apply and what’s the path to PR in that particular stream. With that said, there is no better time for aspirants looking to Immigrate to Canada, lets quickly take a look at each of the Canadian immigration streams and their prospects in this article.
#1 – Canada Express Entry
Canada Express Entry is one of the most popular immigration streams amongst skilled migrants. It started off in 2015 and has been a growing source of skilled immigrants for the Canadian Govt. Express Entry is a system of immigration programs that help skilled workers move to Canada as permanent residents. The system ranks candidates according to their age, education, work experience, and language abilities, and then select 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 all Canadian permanent residency programs, with 80% of applications being processed in 6 months or less. Please other articles posted in this site which explains in detail the steps involved in the Express Entry Process. I have provided the link in the description below
Read Also: Best Province to Get PR in Canada
#2 – Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
Every Canadian province, except Québec and Nunavut territory, has its own immigration program, called Provincial Nominee Program or PNP. PNPs let provinces respond to their individual economic needs by nominating certain candidates for permanent resident status. Often PNPs search out foreign workers with experience in occupations that are in-demand in the province.
For example, the province of Saskatchewan recently changed its PNP to nominate more computer programmers. There are nearly 80 different PNPs across Canada, each with its own set of eligibility requirements. If you’re eligible for just one of them, that could be your ticket to Canada! Please visit the IRCC website for more details about each province’s PNP programs. I have provided the link in the description below.
#3 – Become an International Student
If you or your parents can afford it, there is no better way to come to Canada than through studying at a Canadian university or college. Canada is a top destination in the world for international students. This is because of the country’s great schools, affordable tuition, and a positive attitude towards newcomers. But! Canada also makes it easy for international students to apply for permanent immigration after their study has ended. Students undergoing a 2 years program in Canadian University / College have a number of immigration options. For this reason, many newcomers choose to start their immigration journey by studying in Canada, and then apply for permanent residents status later!
#4 – Free Trade agreements in addition to the most well-known trade agreement, NAFTA
NAFTA (probably being replaced by the USMCA), Canada has other trade agreements that allow for certain immigration exemptions. The only problem is these agreements are only open to citizens from the countries shown: International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)contain provisions to facilitate, on a reciprocal basis, temporary entry for business persons. Eligible persons entering under an FTA will generally require a work permit but are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Canada has free trade agreements with the following countries as shown If you are a national of one of these countries and you work for a company that either has a Canadian operation or has a contract with a Canadian company, you may be able to work in Canada without a Labour Market Impact Assessment(LMIA).
These agreements allow for you to work for your company, or their subsidiary, branch, affiliate, or parent company, in Canada in what is called an intra-company transfer. This list will increase in the future as Canada has many free trade agreements in the works, but at the moment, only these nationals of these countries are eligible for the temporary work visas If you’re here long enough, you may be able to use your Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or through a Provincial Nominee Program.
#5 – WORK PERMIT WITH JOB OFFER
If you are semi-skilled or “skilled” (university educated) for most people the simplest way to come to Canada is to get a work permit. There are two problems: First, you have to convince a Canadian employer to give you a job over a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Even many employer offers unskilled jobs in Canada for foreigners.
Second, your employer has to convince human Resources and Development Canada that they must hire a foreign worker as no Canadian can do that job (a Labour Market Opinion). So what seems like an easy process is made complicated. Add to that the problem of applying for a job from overseas, and it seems impossible. If you have any connections in Canada, that’s the best way; contact them and see if they know anyone who is hiring.
Searching for the employment opportunities will be more easier if you consult the recruitment agencies in Canada.
#6 – Immigrate as a Self-employed Person
Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person. If you’re interested in this program, you must. have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and. be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada.
You can apply if you are:
- Creative and performing artist.
- Sculptor/visual artist.
- Technical support or other jobs in motion pictures.
- Creative designers/craftspeople.
Experience needed: At least 2 years of last 5 years.
#7 – Spousal Sponsorship
Please, don’t tell anyone, but having a Canadian spouse or partner is one of the easiest ways into the country. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in Canada are cracking down on “marriage fraud” – when two people legalize a sham marriage in order to get the foreign spouse permanent residence and citizenship – so you better make sure you’re relationship is real. Learn more about the Spousal Sponsorship program.
#8 – Startup Visa
The start-up visa program is for entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Canada. Your start-up or new business must receive support from a designated organization before you can participate in the visa program. These investors are Canadian venture capital funds, angel investors, and business incubators who all have their own application process and selection criteria.
Make sure you research each organization carefully to find the best match for your business idea. If your business idea is selected by a designated organization, you will receive a letter of support that you must include in your application.
- Processing time: 12 to 16 months
- Fees: from $1540
- Optional: While an individual’s application for PR is being processed, he/she can apply for a temporary work permit to get to Canada and start building his / her business.
Please visit the link for more information
#9 – Visitor Visa
If the only way you can come to Canada is with a job offer and a work permit, the easiest way to come to Canada is to get a visitor visa, if you need one, and to look for a job while you’re here. You cannot work in Canada using your visitor visa. But you can communicate with potential employers about future work.
You should know that you will need another reason to visit Canada as it is unlikely that a border officer will be willing to let you into the country if you say you are coming to look for work. But don’t lie; lying will only make you inadmissible, which means you will not be allowed in. Rather you should plan an actual working holiday visa to Canada to see this beautiful country and, while here, see if you can make a few connections.
Once you have returned home, you can start the work permit process. Please visit the link in the for more information.
Immigration Pilot programs
Canadian Government brings Immigration Pilots frequently and some of the current ones Include.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The pilot helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate. Government of Canada has partnered up with following 4 Atlantic provinces to launch an employer-driven program, which is designed to help Atlantic Canada employers to hire qualified foreign workers for jobs they have been unable to fill in locally.
The 4 Atlantic provinces that are part of the pilot are :
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
Processing time: 6 months
Fees: from $1040
This program is further divided into three streams based on individuals qualifications, experience, and education.
High Skilled Worker
This category is for candidates who have experience working in professional, management, or skilled job for at least a year and have a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.
Intermediate Skilled Worker
This category is for candidates who have experience working for a job that requires a high school education or has undergone at least one year of job-specific training.
This category targets candidates who have stayed in Atlantic province for 16 months minimum within 2 years before getting diploma, degree, or other credentials that have been awarded by a public-funded institute in Atlantic province.
Requirements that remain constant in all these streams are Good score in language proficiency test for either English or French. Candidate should have sufficient funds to support himself/herself and accompanying family
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in 1 of the participating communities.
Please visit the link for more information about Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
Canada’s friendly stance towards new immigrants, when other nations like the US and Australia are restricting immigration policies is contributing to Canada’s success and is helping the country to widen its talent pool. If you find yourself eligible for any one or more than one stream or program, then gear up and start the process to move to a friendly, beautiful, and safe corner of the world.
Thanks for reading this article and please don’t forget to share with your friends and family. If you have any questions, feel free to put that in the comment section below.