So, you’ve made the decision that you want to immigrate to Canada. Great, but what next? People will tell you that the process is long and complicated and that between the many forms that you have to fill out and the complex waiting system, you’ll be waiting several years. Or will you? We’ve put together a list of the most effective and most importantly, the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada.
The most popular and easiest way to immigrate to Canada is by using the Express Entry system, which is designed to help skilled workers immigrate faster. You fill out all your information and then, if you meet all the requirements, you’ll be allocated several points based on your skills. Different skills you have result in you being given different numbers of points, for example, you’ll get more points if you are fluent in either French or English (or at least can pass the standardized language tests) and additional points depending on your education and work experience.
The points are all added up for you, and you are entered into a pool of candidates. Every two weeks Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, who manage all immigration processes in the country, invite the candidates who have scored the highest number of points to apply for Canadian Citizenship. There are three streams within the Express Entry scheme that these applicants can apply to, depending on their qualifications and the job offers they are seeking or have been given. These streams are the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the last of which is a stream that allows applicants who have already worked in Canada for at least a year to apply for permanent residency.
The second easy way to immigrate is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). The PNP is essentially an offshoot of the Express Entry scheme with a greater focus on the role of the provinces or territories in supporting the process. The PNP means that individual provinces or territories can put forward an immigration applicant who has been given a job offer in that particular province to be invited to apply for immigration by the government, therefore being fast-tracked.
However, it is worth noting that the PNP is not available in Quebec or the Nunavut territory, but all other provinces participate. The initial points system of Express Entry applies, but providing that the candidate has enough points to meet the general criteria, and a job offer within the province, the province can recommend that applicant as being one the government should prioritize inviting, with the province-specific immigration application and additional points from it acting as a boost to support the Express Entry application of the intended immigrant.
This is usually a result of the candidate being able to fill a specific job role or will help boost a specific economy that is valuable to the individual province or territory. It should be noted that both Express Entry and PNP applications usually take 6 months to be processed, except for British Columbia, which often processes their part of the application in just 2-3 months.
While Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Programs are the most popular of the fast-track routes to Canadian Immigration, there are other fast ways that immigration can be achieved. The most obvious of these is those who apply as international students to university programs, or those trying to immigrate through the Family Class Sponsorship, where those who already have permanent residency can apply for their spouse and children (under the age of 22) to also obtain residency. The third of these non-industry specific programs is the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) program, which allows for those on short-term work permits to Canada to apply for their permanent immigration status through their Canadian employers, who must apply for the LMIA, and once approved, the immigrant can apply for a work permit.
The other easy immigration ways we will discuss are all either industry or region-specific. The Investor Immigration Program is aimed at those with a high net worth, who have owned or operated businesses, and can contribute to the local economy in some way.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is offered to those looking to move to New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island, as either a Highly Skilled Worker, Intermediate Skilled Worker or International Graduate applicant, but must also be able to support themselves and their family and complete an English or French language proficiency.
The other specialized plan offered is the Agri-Food Pilot which is available to those who have 1 year of Canadian work experience in a relevant industry and a full-time agricultural-centric job offer that is non-seasonal. Candidates for the Agri-Food Pilot must also meet the minimum education and language proficiency requirements.
All three of these programs are designed to boost specific sectors of the Canadian economy, ones that are incredibly important on a global scale: Food and Agriculture, business, commerce and entrepreneurship, and the industries that are focused in provinces along the Atlantic coastline, which is often less attractive and popular for immigrants.
Overall, despite the stereotypes and assumptions made that Canadian immigration is long and overcomplicated, it is obvious that there are many different, easy, and relatively fast ways to immigrate to Canada, from Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program’s point-based systems to industry, region, and family-specific streams.
There are many programs available depending on where you want to work in Canada and which industry you want to work in, all of which have straightforward application processes, and which can enrich the Canadian economy both locally and nationally.
Although there are entry requirements for each program, a reasonable, level of education and English or French fluency is the minimum needed for all the programs discussed in this article, which are focused on those looking to apply for work programs, and beyond education and fluency, other requirements are dependent on the scheme, job, or industry. Beyond that, only the excitement of Canada awaits.