Our lawyers at Long Mangalji LLP are often approached and asked about the process of immigrating to Canada. Below, we’ve collected some of the most frequently asked general questions FAQ regarding the Economic Class programs for your perusal.
What are the best ways for me to immigrate to Canada based on my skills and experience?
Canada has a robust immigration system tailored to experienced skilled workers. The two most common techniques for immigrating are using Express Entry (EE) and the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Express Entry is a points-based assessment that allocates a score based on your background; evaluating factors include work experience (from both inside and outside of Canada), education, age, and proficiency in the official languages, among other factors. Requirements for PNPs differ across the various provinces but generally require intent to reside in the province along with ties to the province. There is a myriad of streams in the provincial programs. Before starting an application, it’s beneficial to contact a professional who is able to evaluate your background and advise you of your options.
2. Will my family be able to come with me?
Yes! When applying for permanent residence in Canada, your spouse and dependent children under the age of 22 will be able to accompany you in your immigration application and move to Canada with you.
3. Will a job offer mean that I can immigrate?
There are many streams that are available only to those with a high-skilled job offer in Canada. However, they generally require more than just a written offer of employment letter. For example, some provincial streams for individuals with a job offer require that you have the employer’s support in your application and require the employer to not only meet certain criteria but also provide you with specific documents to support your application. In Express Entry, meeting the definition of “Arranged Employment” requires either that the employer obtains a Labour Market Impact Assessment or that you have a particular employer-specific work permit for an employer that you’ve worked with for over a year.
4. If I go to school in Canada, will I be able to immigrate?
Many international students study in Canada with the hopes of eventually applying for permanent residence. Studying in Canada is a great first step. Once you’ve completed your program, you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit, which will allow you to work in Canada and subsequently qualify to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class program. You will receive additional points in Express Entry for having completed post-secondary education in Canada.
There are a few other programs that can be used by individuals who may not qualify under the above-mentioned options. Stay tuned for Part Two where we will review FAQs pertaining to alternative programs for permanent residence.