For a long time now, Canada has been one of the most sought-after immigration destinations in the world, and for a plethora of good reasons. Not only does Canada offer its residents excellent living conditions and a healthy environment, but it also offers freedom, safety, excellent education opportunities and free healthcare.
As you can probably guess, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year. But, just because they welcome a significant number of people doesn’t necessarily mean that it is easy to get in.
Unlike some other first-world countries, Canadian authorities do an incredible job of keeping illegal immigrants out of the country. Loosely translated, Canada’s immigration policy is pretty strict and very well organized. It is almost impossible for anyone to enter and stay in Canada illegally if they want to have a shot a leading a decent life.
On that note, we’ve decided to take a good look at Canada’s immigration policy and let you in on a few things that you should know about if you plan on moving to Canada any time soon. Let’s begin.
1. There Are Several Options To Choose From
As is often the case with first-world countries like Canada, there is more than one way for you to get in. Canada is one of the several countries that require a great number of immigrants each year to keep the country up and running, which means there are a number of different immigration programs they offer.
On that note, let’s learn a bit more about some of these programs and what they can offer you.
2. You Could Immediately Become A Citizen
According to emigratecanada.com, the Express Entry Program is inarguably the best option for all immigrants looking to move to Canada. One of the perks of the Express Entry program is becoming a permanent Canadian citizen as soon as your feet touch Canadian soil. So, if you don’t want to waste time, get married, or practically do anything else to acquire citizenship – this is your best option.
However, it is not easy to become eligible for this program. There is a whole list of criteria you have to meet in order to even qualify for applying. Generally speaking, you would have to have a high level of education, preferably from a Canadian university, and some level of work experience in Canada, in addition to several other things.
The good thing is, even if you get denied – you can always reapply and try out another time.
3. You May Apply For A Specific Province
Provincial Nominee Program, as you can tell by the name, is an immigration program concerning a specific Canadian province. This is a good option if you already have a job lined up within a particular place in Canada, and you don’t want to concern yourself with anything else.
The only thing to keep in mind is that this program does not include Quebec, as there is a unique program for the province of Quebec alone.
4. You Can Use Your Business To Immigrate To Canada
As we have said earlier, Canada requires workers in all spheres and industries, and if you can prove that your company or a business can be beneficial for the country of Canada – you might just get yourself a one-way ticket to permanent residency or even citizenships.
The Canadian government is very welcoming of aspiring entrepreneurs and businessmen, and women, and if you can prove that you have a good business plan, idea, and enough assets to set this whole thing in motion, it shouldn’t be too hard for you to immigrate to Canada.
5. You Can Sponsor Family Members Or Get Sponsored By A Family Member
Canada values families. Therefore, it is relatively easy for anyone permanently residing in Canada to bring their family members aboard. Naturally, Canadian citizens can do this, too.
Some people use this to “marry into” Canadian residentship and citizenship, but not as often as you might think. This is a much bigger problem in the US than it is in the Great North.
Aside from spousal sponsoring, the Canadian government allows you to sponsor, or be sponsored, by immediate family members like parents and children or even grandparents and grandchildren.
6. You Can Get In As A Student
As of 2023, Canada will welcome over 350,000 students from all over the world. These students will not only get a Study Permit, allowing them to reside and study in Canada, but they will also become eligible for permanent residency in a few years if they graduate from DLI and secure a job after they do. Also, students may acquire permanent residency after they graduate through the Express Entry program.
To become eligible for the Study Permit program, students must be accepted into an educational institution on Canadian soil. On top of that, they must provide evidence that they can pay for their living expenses and tuition fees. Also, they must provide a clean bill of health and be willing to complete a medical exam, as well as prove that they’re law-abiding citizens with no priors.
7. You Might Get In On A Job Offer
You can immigrate to Canada if you have an outstanding job offer or you possess the skills and knowledge Canada needs.
Obtaining a work permit shouldn’t be too hard, as long as you meet the criteria. In the event that you have an outstanding job offer, it will be up to your employer to collect all the necessary documentation that will help you obtain a work permit. In this case, your permit will only allow you to work at that particular job.
8. You Could Get In As A Caregiver
In Canada, there is a program called the Caregiver Program, and it’s exactly how it sounds. It is a program that allows you to immigrate to Canada if you are an experienced caregiver to the elderly, children, or people with special needs. This program will also allow you to apply for permanent residency and citizenship.
There you have it. Those were the eight things you should know about Canada’s immigration policy. However, as you can so clearly see, these are only basics and brief guidelines, and you will need to do a lot more research on all of these if you are seriously considering immigrating to the Great North. But, we sure hope these footnotes will prove to be useful to you.