If we haven’t said it enough before, moving to Canada in 2021 is a resounding “yes!” from us.
We talk about it so much; we even wrote a blog on the top 9 reasons to move to Canada this year.
The short story is that immigration to Canada is looking extremely positive. With the country rolling out plans to combat the negative impacts of COVID in the nearby future, prioritizing entry into the country should be on your list of things to do (if you haven’t already).
So what are some ways you can gain access to the maple-covered borders?
Just recently, the Express Entry process has been completely revamped to accommodate the new immigration climate pre and post-pandemic. However, the system is still point-based. The highest-ranking candidates will be considered for an invitation to apply for permanent residence but keep in mind there is a 90-day deadline to fill out the forms.
This new system will allow Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to recruit qualified immigrants who are skilled and/or possess relevant qualifications much faster than before.
The Express Entry program will also allow individual provinces and territories to use the system to recruit suitable candidates as part of the Provincial Nominee Programs to meet labour market demands.
Family sponsorship, or Family Reunification, remains one of the most widely sought channels within Canada’s immigration policy.
This means that families can sponsor their relatives to come to Canada permanently.
Note: To qualify as a sponsor, you must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Family members eligible to sponsor include:
Spouse or common-law/conjugal partner
Dependent child (adopted or biological)
Parents and grandparents
In some circumstances, you may be eligible to sponsor other family members outside the above-mentioned categories. If you have no other eligible relatives to sponsor you may sponsor the following family members:
Orphaned brother or sister
Orphaned nephew or niece
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document that an employer in Canada needs to obtain before hiring most foreign workers.
Example: A positive LMIA determines that an employer has a vacant position that a Canadian worker cannot fill, thus opening it up to be filled by an immigrant. Any Express Entry applicants who possess a job offer supported by an LMIA have an excellent chance of being invited to apply for a Canadian PR.
Many Canadian immigration applicants first get Canadian job offers, apply for a Canada visa, and then immigrate to Canada. The LMIA involves securing a Canadian job offer, having the Canadian employer apply for an LMIA through Service Canada, and applying for the work permit after the LMIA is approved.
This is a very involved process but can lead to Canadian permanent residence.
Under a shared jurisdiction between Ottawa and the provinces, both operate a two-tiered immigration to Canada system, offering skilled workers at both federal and provincial levels. This network of provinces can nominate skilled workers based on their qualifications, and those who successfully get accepted can then apply to become Canadian permanent residents through federal immigration authorities.
This route is becoming an increasingly popular way to immigrate to Canada.
Canadian provinces such as Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and others have developed their own immigration programs that often lead to a fast-track process.
Two things to remember with PNP:
You must reside in the province after you arrive in Canada
You must receive a job offer from a Canadian employer to qualify
The Investor Category is designed to attract innovative entrepreneurs to Canada and link them with Canadian private sector businesses, such as angel investor groups, venture capital funds or business incubators, and facilitate their start-up business in Canada.
There are essentially two investor programs in Canada: The Federal Investor Program and the Quebec program.
A designated venture capital fund must confirm that it invests at least $200,000 into the qualifying business.
Candidates can also qualify with two or more commitments from designated venture capital funds totalling $200,000.
A designated angel investor group must invest at least $75,000 into the qualifying business.
Both programs are somewhat similar and require that the applicants have a high net worth and make a large investment in an approved investment fund for a 5 year period.
Overall, this program is designed to bring economic growth and prosperity to Canada over many generations to come.
Note: Investor immigrants can bring their spouses and children as dependents on their applications.
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