With its proud tradition of welcoming immigrants from Lebanon, Canada is the ideal destination for Lebanese skilled workers. Canada’s multicultural society fosters integration, acceptance, and promotes diversity in people, ideas, and experiences.
Canada has launched one of the most wanted immigration programs in the world. The new express entry system allows you to qualify for Canadian permanent residence with the ability to pursue Canadian citizenship. Here’s an overview of how you can apply for immigration to Canada as a Lebanese skilled worker through express entry.
If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada, you need an in-demand job. Express Entry is one of your main options for that. The Immigration Levels Plan, which took effect on January 1, 2015, has established an immigration target of over 1 million new permanent residents through the three economic immigration programs managed through Express Entry.
If you confirm your eligibility for Express Entry, you can apply to immigrate to Canada by uploading your profile through the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Your age, language skills, work experience, and education will all be evaluated during this step. You’ll also need to show that you have a valid job offer in Canada and that a province or territory in Canada has invited you to immigrate.
In Canada, there are no caps or limits on the number of applicants invited to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system. As a result, candidates with the highest Completing Residence Status (CRS) scores are invited to apply for permanent residence. If you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC within 60 days of a draw, then you have a set period of time during which you can submit your application for permanent residence.
Being in the Express Entry pool gives you a chance to get an ITA. IRCC adjusts draws based on Canada’s various policy goals, so you never know when you might get an ITA, but getting in the pool gives you at least some chance. Getting into the pool also gives you a chance to get a job offer, which can lead to additional points for permanent residence, or an invitation to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry.
If you’re interested in working and living in Canada, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a great way to kickstart your immigration and job search. The PNP allows provinces and territories to recruit skilled workers that match their labour market needs — if you meet a PNP’s selection criteria and your application is approved, the province or territory will support your permanent residence application to IRCC.
Immigrating to Canada through the PNP is relatively easy. First, research the available streams and apply to your desired province. You can also enter IRCC’s express entry pool if you’re interested in a specific province. Provinces tend to invite express entry candidates to apply to their PNP when they’re interested.
If you’re a Lebanese national who speaks French, Quebec’s immigration pathway for skilled workers is a great option for you. In this province, immigrants can find everything they need to support their professional and personal growth.
Both the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and Express Entry’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are points-based immigration systems for skilled workers. To apply, both programs require you to have a profile on the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to collect points based on your job history. The Quebec program has a higher Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) threshold, making it more competitive than the FSWP.
With its multiple entry options, Canada is a complex country to immigrate to. There are many different factors to consider before applying, including the kind of work you do, your age, your language skills, and where in Canada you want to move.
Canada offers over 100 different immigration programs—these are the most popular. Other programs include Atlantic immigration, Quebec immigration, and Canadian immigration for specific job types.
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