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How to Immigrate to Canada ?

The Federal Government of Canada has pledged to welcome more than one million new immigrants between 2020 and 2023. In order to fulfil this pledge, there are many immigration programs that help the immigrants to move to Canada and find a permanent residence there. Since there are many options, it can get confusing sometimes which is why we are here to make things simple for you.

Canadian Immigration Programs Overview

With over 80 immigrant programs for Canadian Immigration, it has become quite easy for people to immigrate to the country. To keep things simple for everyone, we are going to outline the pros and cons of each program and in order to learn more about each program, you can simply click on the links and find out more about Canadian Immigration.

Economic And Business Immigration Options

Professionals with the skills to support the Canadian economy often choose these programs. Every one of these programs differ greatly in terms of the qualifications required. This means that there is no one-size-fits-all criteria, ensuring that every profile has a different program that fits perfectly.

Economic and Business Immigration options include:

  • Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Express Entry
  • Quebec Immigration
  • Investor Programs
  • Entrepreneur and Self-Employed Programs
  • Caregivers Program
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • Agri-Food Pilot

Family Sponsorship

This category of immigration is available to the family members of Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents. The family members eligible to sponsor under this program include:

  • Spouse or Common-law/Conjugal Partner
  • Dependent Child (Adopted or Biological)
  • Parents and Grandparents

However, there are some circumstances under which you may be eligible to sponsor other family members apart from the ones that are mentioned above. If you have no eligible relatives to sponsor, you may sponsor the following family members:

  • Orphaned brother or sister
  • Orphaned nephew or niece
  • Orphaned grandchild

Humanitarian and Refugee Immigration

Canada garners an international reputation as a leader in accepting new refugees and other immigrants for humanitarian and compassionate reasons. The country has set aside a significant portion of their immigration target that is dedicated to admitting refugees.

How much money do you need to immigrate to Canada?

Depending on the program that you choose, the money required to immigrate to Canada can vary. There are many immigration programs that do not require anything other than the processing fee for your application. On the other hand, there are many programs that require substantial investment.

Economic Immigration:Many of the programs under this category require proof that you will be able to support yourself financially during your resettlement in Canada. However, there are others which do not require you to submit the proof. The latter usually require the applicant to have a Canadian work experience or a Canadian job offer. The reason behind this is that the candidates who already have a job offer or work experience have already integrated into the Canadian workforce.

Business Immigration:All programs under this category require substantial investment in Canada. Some of these programs require the applicant to invest in a Canadian company while others require the applicant to make an interest free loan to the federal or provincial government.

Family Sponsorship:Most of the cases under this category do not require the applicant to provide any financial information to sponsor a spouse or a dependent child. If you are sponsoring any other family member like a parent or a grandparent, there is a financial requirement that needs to be met in order to become eligible to apply.

Humanitarian and Refugee Sponsorship:If you are an applicant under this category, there is no ground for financial proof. The only time you will be required to provide financial information under this category is if the refugee is a privately sponsored application. In such a case, the Canadian group that is sponsoring the refugee must demonstrate that they have raised enough funds to sponsor the resettlement of the refugee candidate.

What are the Requirements to Immigrate to Canada?

Depending on the program that you are applying to, the documents required differ. For instance, there are some immigration programs that require you to have work experience in Canada while others do not. The documents that are required to be submitted mostly include identification/travel documents, educational records, proof of work experience, financial history, etc. To know which documents will be required for your immigration, you have to determine which immigration program is the best for your profile.

What is the Fastest Way to Immigrate to Canada?

The fastest way to immigrate to Canada is through Express Entry. This immigration program mostly takes six months or less.

What is the Maximum Age for Canadian Immigration?

There is no age limit for any of the Canadian Immigration programs. That being said, there are some categories in economic immigration where the applicants between 25-35 receive the maximum number of points. However, that does not mean that the older applicants cannot be selected. Other factors such as a substantial work experience, high language proficiency, connections to Canada, and an advanced education can help the older applicants to score some points in economic immigration.

Since Family Sponsorship and Humanitarian and Refugee Immigration to Canada do not use a ranking system, there is no age bar on these programs.

Is it Easy to Immigrate to Canada?

Canada has a wide range of options for all types of applicants. However, moving to a new country requires some effort and there are some immigrant programs that require higher qualifications and more documents than others.

The point of contact between you and the Canadian government will be an immigration lawyer from Future First Immigratiion who will help you from the beginning of the immigration process to the end. They will handle all your application submissions and provide you with the information about the documents that you need to provide and the ones that you need to avoid.

Do I Need a Job Offer to Immigrate to Canada?

No, you do not need a job offer to immigrate to Canada and the vast majority of the Permanent Residents do not have a job offer in Canada when they apply for immigration. There are some programs that require the applicants to have a Canadian job offer but there are many immigration programs that are available to foreign nationals that do not require an offer of employment in Canada.

What is a Permanent Resident?

A Canadian Permanent Resident is a citizen of another country who has been granted permission to live in Canada as a permanent resident. Once someone receives this status, they have the right to live and work anywhere within the country. They also get a significant number of benefits in Canada including access to healthcare and social services, the right to live, work, and study anywhere in Canada, and protection under the Canadian law. The Permanent Residents also become eligible to apply to become Canadian Citizens after a certain amount of time. However, you should note that Permanent Residents do not have the right to vote in Canadian elections.

What is a Citizen?

Canadian citizens enjoy all the rights that the Permanent Residents do and more. They have the right to vote in Canadian elections. The citizenship, once attained, cannot be revoked or removed. People born in Canada are automatically qualified for Canadian citizenship. Foreign nationals can become naturalized Canadian citizens but going through the proper process set forth by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Can I Work Anywhere in Canada?

If you have received Permanent Residency in Canada, you can live and work anywhere in the country. However, if that is not the case, then you will require to have proper authorization to work in Canada which comes in the form of a Canadian work permit.

Can I bring my family to Canada?

There are a few immigration programs that allow the foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada along with their family members. While Express Entry does not allow family members apart from spouse and dependent children, there are programs in the Family Sponsorship category that enable the citizens and Permanent Residents to sponsor their family members for immigration to Canada.

Why is Canada Looking for Immigrants?

The cities and rural areas in Canada depend on newcomers for population growth and support in the labor markets. The population of the country is aging and without immigration, the country will follow a similar trajectory like Japan in the 1990s. However, Canada has embraced immigration and is welcoming people in prime working ages between 25 and 54 to avoid the population crisis like Japan, which would not have been possible without mass immigration.


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Frequently asked questions

Sometimes you're just looking for reassurance, or you're curious about what it would be like to experiment with a service before you make a decision. These FAQs will help you with those questions:

Do I become a Permanent Resident of Canada as soon as my Canada Immigration Visa is issued?
No. You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry with your valid passport and your valid Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa. This is referred to as 'landing in Canada'.
How long can I wait to land in Canada after my Canada Immigration Visa is issued?
You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as you receive your Canada Immigration Visa.
Can the expiry date on my Canada Immigration Visa be extended?
As a general rule, the expiry date on your Canada Immigration Visa will not be extended. Failure to land in Canada before the expiry date may result in the necessity of re-application.
Must first enter Canada at the destination I indicated on my application form?
Generally, the holder of a Canada Immigration Visa may enter Canada at any port of entry without difficulty. However, if you first enter Canada at a port of entry in the province of Quebec, you must have been accepted by Quebec and have a valid Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) or be prepared to document your clear intention to reside in a province other than Quebec.
What documents do I need with me when I first land in Canada?
When you first land in Canada, you will need your valid passport containing your unexpired Canada Immigration Visa and a document titled Confirmation of Permanent Residence. Your accompanying dependents, if applicable, will need the same. It is a good idea to also have evidence of your settlement funds and an inventory of all personal belongings in your possession, as well as other items that you now own but intend to bring to Canada at a later date.
When must my accompanying dependents land in Canada?
Accompanying dependents cannot land in Canada before the Principal Applicant has done so. The accompanying dependents may first land in Canada with the Principal Applicant or after the Principal Applicant, but in either case prior to the expiry date indicated on their Canada Immigration Visas.
Must I stay in Canada after landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident?
Permanent Residents are not obliged to remain in Canada, and are in no way restricted from departure at any time. However, as a Canadian Permanent Resident, you must accumulate two years of "residency days" in each five-year period in order to meet your Canadian residency obligations.
What is the Canadian Permanent Resident Card?
The Canadian Permanent Resident Card is a small, secure plastic card containing personal information on the cardholder and that confirms the cardholder's status as a Permanent Resident of Canada.
When can Canadian Citizenship be obtained?
Canadian Citizenship can generally be obtained after four years of permanent residence in Canada.
Does Permanent Resident status in Canada permit me to enter/work in the United States?
Permanent Resident status in Canada does not affect US immigration requirements for eligibility to legal employment. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which applies to citizens of Canada, does facilitate US employment in certain cases.

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