Immigration Options - Canada

How You Can Immigrate to Canada

Did you know that over 340,000 people (mostly foreign workers and their families) immigrate to Canada each year?

Canada is known for its friendly attitude toward immigrants, who account for 22% of the country’s population, as well as for its high quality of life and breathtaking beauty. 

The Canadian economy is the 10th largest, the country is one of the wealthiest, and the standard of living in Canada is rated the best in the world. 

Canada has been experiencing a skilled worker shortage that is only expected to intensify as an estimated 9 million Canadian Baby Boomers (the generation born from 1946 to 1964) retire throughout this decade. 

Several Canadian visa programs have been established which grant temporary worker status or permanent resident status to skilled foreign workers who have the job skills, education, English or French abilities, and other characteristics needed in the Canadian job market. 

Examples of Canadian immigration programs for skilled foreign workers include:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program – for skilled immigrants with 1 year of work experience in the past 10 years in a qualifying occupation who get at least 67 points for 6 factors and satisfy other criteria;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program – for tradespeople with 2 years of work experience in the past 5 years in a qualifying skilled trade who also have the relevant post-secondary training for the trade and meet all of the other requirements;
  • Provincial Nominees Program – for foreign workers whose occupations are needed in particular provinces or territories in Canada;
  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program – for foreign workers who want to live and work in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

Some of these Canadian immigration programs are based on a points system in which a minimum number of points must be received as part of the eligibility requirements. 

For example, Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) requires skilled immigrants to receive a minimum of 67 points out of 100 points possible for different factors (e.g., age, English and French language skills, education, relevant work experience, adaptability, and arranged employment). 

Receiving a qualifying job offer from an employer in Canada (“arranged employment”) can give you 10 points toward the 67 points required for the FSWP, which could make the difference on whether you reach the minimum point score required. 

An offer of qualifying employment in Canada can also result in you receiving an Invitation to Apply for a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa through the Express Entry system. 

In the event that you don’t qualify initially to apply for Canadian permanent residency, getting a qualifying offer of employment in Canada could enable you to apply for a Canadian work visa to live and work in Canada for a specific length of time as a temporary foreign worker. 

Depending on the demand for your occupation in Canada and other factors, you might have the opportunity later to apply for Canadian permanent residency from inside Canada (i.e., to have your immigration status adjusted from temporary resident to permanent resident).

If your goal is to immigrate to Canada for a better life, finding a Canadian relocation job as soon as possible should be a top priority, because it can benefit you in so many important ways!