Annually Canada welcomed approximately 250,000 new permanent residents. Canada has various programs through which you may qualify. You may already have a good idea of which program will be best for you, or if you don't, Immigration Care can advise you. Below you will find a brief overview of various programs.
Express Entry is not a new immigration program; it is however a new application management tool implemented by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC). All applicants eligible under the following programs must first create an Express Entry profile:
- Federal Skilled Worker
- Federal Skilled Trades Worker
- Canadian Experience Class
- Provincial Nominee Program (not applicable to all PNP applicants)
Once a profile has been created it will enter the Express Entry pool and given a ranking score out of 1200 points. CIC will then select, during regular draws, the top ranking profiles and send those an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Applicants then have 60 days to submit their formal application. CIC has promised to process these applications within 6 months.
Profile ranking scores (max 1200 points)
- a maximum of 600 points are awarded for age, education, language proficiency, Canadian work experience and skills transfer-ability.
- 600 points are awarded for a Canadian job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An LMIA is to obtained by the Canadian employer.
Canadian Experience Class
You are required to have 1 year of full time skilled Canadian work experience and score a set proficiency on an English or French language test to qualify under this program.
Federal Skilled Worker
Under this program you require at least 1 year of skilled work experience in the past 10 years and score at least 67/100 points across 6 different factors: education, language ability, work experience, age, arranged employment and adaptability. A verified Canadian job offer will significantly increase your point count. There is no longer a preferred occupation list for this program.
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Eligible applicants must demonstrate at least 24 months of work experience in the past 5 years in one of the eligible occupations, language proficiency and a Canadian job offer or registration with the applicable provincial authority.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (closed until January 27, 2016)
This program consists of various streams. The strategic recruitment stream is intended for tradespersons and engineers. The employer driven stream is primarily designed for skilled workers, international graduates and with very specific parameters for semi skilled workers employed in the F&B processing, hotel and lodging, manufacturing, long-haul trucking and food service industries. There is also a self employed farmers stream.
Immigration Care can also advise you on your application under other Canadian provincial nominee programs.
This category is intended for those who wish to sponsor their spouse, common-law partner, dependent child, parent, grandparent or orphaned niece or nephew. Depending on the type of relative the sponsor's income levels will be assessed and the relative's medical, security, criminal background and the basis of the relationship will be verified. The sponsor will be required to sign an undertaking. Processing times vary greatly in this category, this is typically the fastest perament residency route for dependent children and spouses or common law partners.
Humanitarian & Compassionate grounds
This program is intended for those who are in Canada and do not qualify under any of the other programs. You must be able to demonstrate that you will endure unusual and undeserved or disproportionate hardship if you are required to leave Canada.
Please contact Immigration Care to find out more about other available programs that may not have been discussed in detail, such as the Investor and Entrepreneur categories, the Caregiver program and the refugees and protected persons category.