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Since you are reading this, we take that you consider immigrating to Canada sometime in the future. Consider this article as a primer. By the time you finish reading this, you will gain knowledge and an overview of the different avenues for immigrating to Canada.
Canada, Provincial/Territorial Structure
This article mentions Canadian provinces and territories. Read this only if you need a reference for names, locations, and some general information.
Canada consists of ten provinces;
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland and Labrador
And three territories;
Northwest Territories, Yukon & Nunavut
The Canadian constitution believes that immigration is a shared duty of the Federal Government, ten provinces, and Canada’s three territories. This shared duty is why the provinces of Canada have their own Provincial Nominee Program, with about 120 economic immigration programs implemented so far.
Canada will welcome 1,200,000 immigrants for the Year of 2021, 2022, and 2023. 60% of these immigrants will be admitted as economic class individuals or skilled workers. While 25% will be those through family sponsorship, and 15% will arrive as refugees.
Canada is guided by its Immigration Levels Plan, selecting the highest-scoring candidates.
Here are some immigration options to Canada that you may want to consider.
Immigration through Express Entry is one of the significant ways Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada inducts skilled workers. Canada is currently welcoming 110,000 new immigrants every year through Express Entry.
However, you should be eligible under one of the three programs managed by Express Entry.
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
If you meet any of these criteria, you will be able to make your Express Entry profile on Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website. You will then proceed to enter some essential information. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will issue Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence to candidates with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on your entered essential information.
Once you are done with these steps and have an Invitation To Apply in hand, you will apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Learn more about the Express Entry process here.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Canada gives access to about 80,000 applicants to arrive in the country through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) each year. Almost all provinces in Canada operate their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), meaning that each province will only nominate those candidates that meet their local labor market requirements.
You may be considered eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) only if you have already entered the Express Entry pool. In which case, you will receive a provincial nomination. If you accept the Invitation, you will be granted an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Once Provincial Nomination is received, you can then go ahead and apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Other than this, you can directly apply for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) by conducting thorough research on the province you want to immigrate to and following the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) procedures accordingly.
Learn more about the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) here
Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)
Atlantic Immigration Program(AIP) recruits international graduates and skilled foreign workers to the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Most candidates are applying for permanent residence in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Still, there are many work opportunities in Atlantic Canada for skilled workers to apply for permanent residence.
- These Atlantic provinces include:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP) is an employer-driven program specifically designed for employers in Atlantic Canada to hire skilled workers and international graduates for job positions that they were unable to fill locally.
Suppose you wish to immigrate to Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). In that case, you should be a recent graduate from a publicly funded institute from Atlantic Canada or be a skilled professional meeting the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) requirements.
For immigration through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you can be living temporarily in Canada or abroad. Suppose you can provide the required documentation and fulfill the requirements. In which case, you will receive a job from an employer in Atlantic Canada under Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program to gain permanent residence in Atlantic Canada.
Learn more about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) here
Yukon Immigration Program (YIP)
Yukon Immigration Program (YIP) allows employers to hire long-term employees to work in Yukon from Canada and outside of Canada.
If you are nominated under this program, you should expect to live and work in Yukon for an extended period. To qualify for the Yukon Immigration Program (YIP), you need to meet worker and employer eligibility criteria.
The Yukon Government issues employees working under Yukon Immigration Program (YIP) the necessary documentation to apply for the work permit through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tied to their relevant business.
Please bear in mind; if you are applying for immigration through the Yukon Immigration Program (YIP), it’s your concern and responsibility to find employment in Yukon. The Yukon Immigration Program (YIP) does not keep any record of eligible employers in Yukon.
If you get a job offer through an employer in Yukon, you should keep the following things in mind.
- Employers are not necessarily obligated to hire foreign workers under YNP.
- Employers should not gain any financial gain or charge a fee directly or indirectly by hiring foreign employees.
Learn more about the Yukon Immigration Program (YIP) here.
Rural And Northern Immigration Pilot Program
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP) is for skilled foreign workers who want to live among the participating communities to pave their paths toward permanent residence. It is a community-driven pilot designed specially to create awareness and educate smaller communities about the benefit of economic immigration.
If you wish to apply for permanent residence under the Rural and Northern immigration pilot program. These steps mentioned below are for your consideration.
- Ensure that you meet Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) eligibility requirements as well as the specific community requirements.
- Secure a job with employers within the participating community.
- Once you have successfully secured a position, you will have to submit your application for recommendation to the community.
- After that, if the community recommends you, then only you can apply for permanent residence.
Learn more about The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIP) here
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