What is the best Canadian immigration program for me? It all depends on your qualities, goals and qualifications.
Canada offers more than 60 different immigration options. As a result, your journey to Canada will be unique and different from others.
In this article, I am going to give you 3 different tools to help you immigrate to Canada.
- You can use our FREE online assessment and we will assess your eligibility against most immigration programs Canada offers. Please note that due to the heavy demand, we will only contact you if you seem to qualify.
- You can use the list below to figure out your potential immigration program.
- Or you can use the CIC online wizard to help you find your best immigration option.
Introduction to the Canadian immigration system:
The Canadian immigration system is very broad in scope and it encompasses citizenship, immigration, visas, visitors, workers, students, family members, refugees, and etc.
A good way to start is by looking your goal in Canada: Do you want to be in Canada temporarily or permanently?
- Permanent vs. Temporary programs
Temporary Residence (TR)
Do you want to visit, study, or work in Canada temporarily?
Or do you want to settle in Canada permanently?
If you just want to come or stay in Canada for a short period of time, then there is no need to apply to become a permanent resident (PR) of Canada, as Canada offers the following options of temporary residence (TR).
Temporary Residence (TR):
- Entry to Canada (visa)
- Visitors (visitor record)
- Students (study permit)
- Workers (work permit)
If your country of nationality is not visa exempt, then you need a visitor visa to be able to enter Canada.
Every temporary resident in Canada is governed by “status”, which include the following types of temporary residents: Visitors, Students, and Workers.
If you would like to remain in Canada as a visitor, you will need to extend your visitor status.
Most studies require a study permit.
However, you do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. Click here for details.
Permanent Residence (PR):
Canada offers 3 different classes of permanent residence programs:
Permanent Residence (PR):
- Economic Classes
- Canadian Experience Class
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Family Sponsorship
- Other Classes
- Humanitarian and Compassionate Cases
Canada accepts permanent workers under its Economic Class, family members under its Family Sponsorship Class, and refugees under Other Classes.
2) Federal vs. Provincial programs:
It is important to note that Canadian immigration laws allow both federal immigration programs and provincial immigration programs.
Federal immigration programs are administered at the national level across Canada to select candidates that Canada needs on a federal level.
Provinces exercise their immigration authority under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) and these programs are in place to address specific needs of each province.
Federal programs are administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Provincial programs are administered by each province and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Below I have included a list of all the PNP programs and their corresponding websites:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Which Canadian immigration program is best for you?
I have a post-secondary education
If you have a post-secondary education, it is beneficial to you and can open up many opportunities for you. Your suitable immigration programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Provincial Nominee programs (PNP). Please note that these programs are usually point-based programs, meaning that they assign points to your education and your other attributes.
I have at least one year of skilled work experience
If you have at least one year of skilled work experience, you are deemed more likely to establish yourself in Canadian society. As a result, there are a few programs that you can apply to, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Provincial Nominee programs (PNP). Please note that these programs are usually point-based programs, meaning that they assign points to your education and your other attributes.
I have a Canadian job offer
If you have a job offer that meets certain conditions, that offer might help you achieve your Canadian immigration goals. We would be happy to assess your job offer and let you know if it meets the requirements for certain immigration programs. Contact us today and let us know what kind of job offer you have.
I have friends or relatives in Canada
You might be able to obtain Canadian permanent residence under Family Class program if you have a close relative in Canada. Contact us today and we will examine your options for you.
I have already worked or studied in Canada
If you have skilled work experience in Canada, then The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) might be a great choice for you. Contact us today and we will examine your options for you.
I have a high net worth or significant financial resources
If you have a high enough net worth and wish to continue your career or invest in Canada, there are a number of Canadian immigration opportunities that might be available to you. Contact us today and we will examine your options for you.
I have a business that I own or manage
Your business and ownership experience may help you to be eligible for a number of Provincial Nominee Programs. Contact us today and we will examine your options for you.
Use the CIC Wizard
The government of Canada has also developed a tool to help you select the most suitable immigration option for you. Simply go to the link below and access the online wizard.
If you want to immigrate to Canada but don’t know where to start, this is a great starting point!