There are many different ways a person can move to Canada. Each immigration program has its own eligibility criteria. The most popular 7 programs through which people migrate to Canada are:
This program is ideal for skilled immigrants who intent on settling permanently in Canada. There are further three immigration programs an individual can choose from under Express Entry.
To migrate to Canada through this program, the applicant must score a minimum of 67 points on the Comprehensive Ranking System. This system takes 6 factors into account; age, language skills, education, work experience, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability.
In terms of language, English and French are the official languages of Canada. To prove language proficiency, the applicant must take an approved language test. The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Niveaux de compétence Linguistique Canadien (NCLC) are used to measure proficiency in English and French respectively.
A minimum level of CLB 7 or NCLC 7 is required for the first official language. To get points for the second official language, the applicant must achieve a minimum level of CLB 5 or NCLC 5.
To be eligible, the applicant must
To be eligible for this program the applicant must meet the below criteria:
There are no minimum educational qualifications required to migrate to Canada through this program.
Most territories and provinces in Canada can nominate immigrants in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These immigrants must live and work in the province they have been nominated by.
Each province has its own eligibility criteria for the program. While some provinces may design their programs to attract students and business people, others may target skilled or semi-skilled workers. Some provinces run Express Entry programs.
To migrate to Canada via the PNP the applicant must first apply for nomination to the desired province. Once nominated, they may then apply for permanent residency to the IRCC.
This province has its own rules for immigration. There are two stages to this program.
Stage 1: Apply for the government of Quebec for a certificate of selection showing that you have been accepted as an immigrant.
Stage 2: Apply to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.
To migrate to Canada through this program the following criteria must be met.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and people registered in Canada as Indians under the Canadian Indian Act above the age of 18 years can sponsor relatives who want to migrate to Canada.
A spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner can be sponsored as long as they are over the age of 18 years and the sponsor shares a genuine relationship with the applicant. The spouse or common-law partner must live with the applicant to be eligible.
In the case of a conjugal partner, the relationship should have lasted at least 1 year. The applicant’s dependent children can also be sponsored to migrate to Canada.
Parents and grandparents can be sponsored as long as the sponsor is able to support them financially and ensure that they do not need government financial aid.
In the case of adopting children from another country, the adoption process must be completed before sponsoring the child. Anyone other person who is related by blood or adoption may also be sponsored to migrate to Canada.
Immigrants who aim to be self-employed in Canada can apply to migrate to Canada via this program. To be eligible they must:
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the 4 Atlantic provinces:
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program lets Atlantic employers hire qualified candidates for jobs that they haven’t been able to fill locally.
You can be living abroad or be in Canada temporarily. You must have a job offer before you can apply.
If you and the employer meet the requirements, you’ll get permanent resident status. This means you can live and work in Canada.
According to statistics released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 1,896 employers in the Atlantic Canada region have made 3,729 job offers through the AIPP since its launch in 2017 and 2,535 principal applicants and their families have been approved for permanent residence.
Demand for the AIPP last year led IRCC to increase its annual allotment of new admissions to Canada through the pilot by 500 spaces.
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