Canada Permanent Immigration Programs
Canada is increasing gaining popularity as an immigration destination. There are several ways through which individuals or families can move or immigrate to Canada. Below is a list of the most popular immigration routes.
Express entry is a program which combines applications under three categories- (i) Federal skilled worker program; (ii) Federal skilled trades program; and (iii) Canadian experience class.
If you are applying from out of Canada as a skilled worker or skilled trade worker, you will apply under this program. You need to meet certain basic minimum requirements like language ability, minimum work experience, admissibility etc.
Express entry works on an invitation basis. You will need to prepare and submit your expression of interest under the express entry and if your application is selected, you will be invited to submit your application with relevant documents. You can also apply under this category if you have worked in Canada for at least one year. There are other requirements that must be met in order to qualify for express entry.
If you would like to sponsor your family to join you in Canada, you can apply under this class. You can sponsor your spouse, dependent children, adopted children, parent, grandparents etc. There are certain minimum requirements that are required to be met like minimum income, age of relatives and others. The requirements depend on the relationship and who you intend to sponsor.
Sponsoring parents and grandparents
To sponsor your parents or grandparents, you need to meet certain basic minimum income requirements. This system also works on invitation basis. You will submit an online request to sponsor form and there is a random selection process. If you are selected, you will need to provide a complete application and proof of income along with other details.
If you do not receive an invitation to apply, you can still sponsor your parents or grandparents under the temporary super-visa category. Super-visa is like a visit visa but it is valid for a period of ten years and sponsored individuals can stay in Canada for two years at a time. However, they do not get the benefits of a Permanent Resident and you will have to apply for private medical insurance. Super-visa applications also cannot work in Canada.
If you are self employed in cultural or athletic activities, you may be eligible to apply under this class. There are other minimum requirements that you would have to meet like work experience, language abilities, finances, medical and security requirements.
If you have an innovative idea and intend to establish a start-up in Canada, you can apply for support from one of the designated organisations and eventually apply for immigration. If none of the designated organisations are willing to support your idea, you will not qualify for immigration under this class. There are other minimum requirements like finances, language, security etc.
Provincial Business immigration
Some provinces have their own business immigration stream. They require applicants to invest a certain amount of money in their business over a period of time and create jobs for Canadians. When you apply under the provincial business immigration program, you will have to submit your expression of interest with basic details. Once the province selects your application, you are required to provide further details including business plan, proof of net worth etc. If you are selected, you will get a business visa, with the help of which, you can set up the business in the province. After a period of one year (or more depending on the province), you can apply for immigration.
Individuals who fear persecution in their own country and are unwilling or unable to return to their home country may be able to apply as convention refugees in Canada. You will have to submit an application and attend a hearing. There are several requirements that must be met in order to submit an application as a refugee. To understand more about refugee applications, please contact us.
For more information on any of the above streams or to inquire whether you are eligible to apply under the above streams, please contact us.