Canada is one overseas destination that since long has been behind the immigration of a size able section of migrants from across the world. Among the many reasons behind the nation’s continued popularity is its widely avowed policy of welcoming as many immigrants as possible. As per some reports, now the Maple Leaf Country has become more active in its approach and has set a higher target.
It aims to welcome 1 million immigrants over 2019, 2020 and 2021. For this, it must welcome roughly 350,000 – close-to 1% of its present population in the remaining two years, if we assume it has already welcomed 35000-odd migrants in the year gone by, i.e., 2019.
Historically, the majority of immigrants have moved from Europe.
But over the past couple of years, Asia (comprising the Middle East) has contributed the highest figure of migrants to the overseas hotspot.
Canada Immigration for Skilled Economic Workers
Like most other developed destinations–including the US and the UK—Canada, too, runs many Skilled Worker Visa Programs, to draw the cream of the skilled people from across the globe, to keep its economy in the pink of its health.
For this purpose, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – the concerned organization employs a points-based system, popularly called Canada Point system.
Using it, it evaluates a candidate’s potential for becoming a permanent resident with a Canada PR Visa.
Candidates get points on the basis of 6 different selection factors.
To successfully present your profile for evaluation under the Express Entry System – the flagship immigration program for skilled economic applicants – you have to get not less than 67 points on this appraisal.
If you manage to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), and later a Permanent Residence (PR) Visa, you will be entitled to work in the nation and live here permanently.
With such a visa, you will not need a Canada Work Permit for work purposes.
Icing on the cake: After residing in the nation permanently for not less than 1,095 days, through a 5-year period, you will also become entitled to apply for its citizenship.
With citizenship you will become qualified for one of the most valued passports in the world the Canadian Passport.
Significantly, your PR route to the nation can also be facilitated with a Canada Study Visa, but more of that later.
Basic Requirements of Canada immigration
If you want to move as a skilled worker, through the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), you must:
1.) Be 18 years or above. You will receive maximum points for this factor, if you are from the age bracket 18-35. You can apply for PR till the age of 45 years though.
2.) Have skilled work experience of not less than 1 year gained during the previous decade, before you present your application for PR. The experience must have been gained doing a job full-time (or the comparable in uninterrupted part-time work) in a skilled profession mentioned in Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B of the nation’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
3.) Show that you fulfill or surpass the language threshold of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 with test results from an IRCC-nominated language testing body.
4.) Offer either a Canadian educational credential or a foreign educational credential with an Educational Credential Assessment report for immigration purposes from a designated organization, to show that your qualifications are the same.
Canada Immigration: How to Apply?
Step 1: Learn if you have the eligibility. Use the freely available Express Entry Calculator for the object.
Step 2: Get your documents, including language test results, ready to show that you have the eligibility for Express Entry Program.
Step 3: Submit your profile. If you’re qualified, your profile will find a place in the EE Pool.
Step 4: Get an Invitation to Apply (ITA), apply for PR
You will get an ITA if your score is good enough and above the cut-off. You’ll have 60 days to present your complete application for Canada Permanent Resident visa.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will process majority of complete applications in just 6 months or so.
In 2018, 6 months was the average processing time for the applications presented via the Express Entry system.
If you are applying through the Provincial Nominee Program, it will take roughly 10 -12 months for Canada immigration.
However, you have the option of applying for a provincial nomination via expressing your preference in an Express Entry profile.