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So… What’s the “easiest” way to Immigrate to Canada? And which one suits you best?

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

Canada has slowly but surely become the new "American dream." That wonderful place can provide a better life for all those who seek it. And no wonder why! In the last years, they have increased their effort of admitting more and more immigrants from all around the world. Plus, its educational system, security, economic system, and not to mention its unique landscapes and its incredible people are obvious goals to pursue for anyone thinking about leaving their home country.

But, how are all those immigrants arriving in the country, you might wonder? Well, the reality is that there are waaaay too many paths for someone to be able to live in Canada, and that's why we wanted to narrow it down to only 5 of the most common ones and tell you about them 😉 Take a look 👇

1. Express Entry: If you have been dreaming about Canada for a while, you have probably heard about Express Entry by now, but what exactly is it? Express Entry is basically a system developed to allow individuals to apply for the Permanent Residency in Canada for a specific immigration program. It filters which applicants would be eligible to do so and which wouldn't.

To do so, the Express Entry system, which is usually considered the fastest way to enter Canada, follows a point-based grading system. The system ranks applicants based on their language level, education, work experience, age, etc. Suppose your score is high enough in any of the 3 immigration programs that Express Entry accepts applicants for. In that case, you may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency. You will have 90 days to submit your application if you decide to accept said invitation.

Here the 3 Immigration programs that Express Entry allows applicants for:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program: This program is looking for individuals with great foreign work experience.

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program: A program specifically designed for people with relevant work experience in eligible trade occupations to immigrate to Canada.

  • Canadian Experience Class: The Express Entry category is designed for temporary workers or graduates who already have Canadian Experience and desire to apply for the PR.

*Note: try to remember these terms as acronyms as it is really common for international students to hear these kinds of terms 😉 Permanent Residency = PR Express Entry = EE

2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): The Express Entry is a way to apply for PR on a Federal level, meaning that it applies to all of Canada! However, Provinces in Canada also have their own program, called the Provincial Nominee Program. These were created to allow provinces to target specific individuals based on their needs. For example, if a province lacks engineers or web developers. Then they can add these professions to their PNP program to encourage foreigners with these trades to apply through their program. So, we always encourage our students to keep an eye on the different PNP out there 👀

3. Family Sponsorship!: You probably have seen one or two movies in which people get married just to get the famous American Green Card. Well, you can do that in Canada too!! 😬 Just kidding, don't do that. It's terrible if you try to do something like that, so… don't!

That being said, and as you probably figured out by now, you can also immigrate to Canada and get PR through Family sponsorship! Of course, they all have their specific requirements but, here are the family members who are eligible to be sponsored through this category:

  1. Spouse, partner, or dependent children

  2. Parents and grandparents

  3. Adopted child

  4. Relatives (With certain conditions)

Daaamn, trying to make immigration related topics sound fun is hard!! 😫

4. Startup Visa: If you are already a business owner or an entrepreneur, this program might be for you! This program allows entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada to establish a new business. To do so, entrepreneurs must demonstrate that their company is innovative, will create new jobs for Canadians, and can compete on a global scale.

The eligibility for this program is relatively straightforward and, although it doesn't have that many steps for someone to be eligible, complying with these steps has its grade of complexity. These steps are;

  1. One must have a qualifying business.

  2. Get a Letter of Support from a designated entity showing (basically showing that your business idea has the support from a business incubator or accelerator)

  3. Proficiency in language (English or French)

  4. Sufficient funds for settling in Canada

For getting into details about all of these requirements, we recommend you to take a look directly at Canada's website, as there is no better source of information about it than the official site 😉 take a look 👉🏻

5. Studying! Last but not least… Studying!! It is definitely one of the easiest ways for people to find their path towards Canadian PR. It is the most common one. The reason is quite simple: not everyone is a candidate to apply to any other immigration options, but most people are actually eligible to study in Canada. And it doesn't hurt if you have a good English level already, as it shortens the steps for getting that PR.

Now, even through studying, the path for getting the PR is different for everyone, as it depends on your field of study, previous Experience, your professional goals, etc. However, most students who manage to get the PR did so by first studying a one or two years program, then getting a couple of years of Canadian work experience, and finally applying to the most appropriate immigration program for them 😊

Now, we know that each of these points could be an entire article of their own, so don't worry, we'll get there 😉 and we'll especially explain more about how to study in Canada. However, we wanted to provide you guys with a quick overview of the overall view of how to immigrate to Canada because you never know which program could be the best for you. 🤷‍♀️ in the meantime, you can always let us know your thoughts on our social media. We are always looking forward to hearing from you!

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