Canada Immigration Programs:
In order to sustain economic growth, encounter the aging population and offset low
birth rates, the Government of Canada, with the help of the Government of Quebec
and the provinces, introduced different economic immigration programs. Moreover,
in respecting international agreements and to preserve its humanitarian engagement,
the Government of Canada introduced the refugee reform and other measures to assist
refugee seekers and other specific programs for the potection of individuals who
are in need.
Categories for Canada Immigration
Skilled Workers Class:
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) highlighted an emphasis on education,
language proficiency, age, previous stays in Canada, and the transferable skills
that can be applied to the Canadian workforce. Skilled Workers are persons who are
allowed to enter Canada as permanent residents as they are deemed to have the required
profile and credentials to become economically established in Canada. Most independent
immigrants are skilled workers who are expected to have the skills, education, work
experience, language ability and other reto participate in the Canadian labour market.
Applications are processed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC).
Business Class is designed to attract business people from around the world willing
to invest and do business in Canada. This class is divided into three sub-classes:
A. Investor: Designed for foreign business individuals who want
to obtain a permanent resident status in Canada through a passive investment. Applicants
under this program get a permanent resident visa and are not required to start any
business in Canada. They need to have acquired a minimum of CAD$1,600,000 and are
willing to invest CAD$800,000 for 5 years with no interest. Recognized financial
institution may offer different products assisting the investor with the investment
including landing the amount with no guaranties.
B. Entrepreneur: Designed for successful owners or part owners
with significant business experience who have the intention and ability to own and
manage a business in Canada, which generates revenues and employment. A minimum
net worth of CAD$300,000 is required. This Sub-Category requires a business plan
and has after landing conditions.
C. Self Employed: Designed for applicants who have relevant experience
in cultural activities, athletics or farming and have the intention and abilities
to be self-employed in Canada. The province of Quebec has elaborated a wider definition
which included any profession that the candidate may be able to exercise in the
Oriented towards family reunion, Canada has elaborated different programs facilitating
family reunion. Therefore, a candidate may sponsor his or her spouse, common law
partner, children, parents, grand parents and brothers and sisters, if they qualify.
Family Class: Eligible relatives
- Brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons who are orphaned,
under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship
- Another relative of any age or relationship if none of the above relatives could
be sponsored, and you have no other relatives who are Canadian citizens, persons
registered as Indians under theIndian Act or permanent residents and Accompanying
relatives of the above (for example, spouse, partner and dependent children).
In order to apply for a study permit it is important to satisfy most of the following
- You must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational
institution in Canada.
- You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your tuition fees, living expenses
for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and return transportation
for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
- You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the
security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.
- You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
- You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have
completed your studies.
More than 100,000 temporary workers come to Canada every year. They contribute to
the labour market shortage and assist employers in achieving their growth targets.
To be eligible you need to find a job in Canada with a Canadian Employer who needs
to starts the process. Once the employer is granted a Positive Labour Market Opinion,
the employee may file a work permit application.
In respect to its commitments to protection of individuals who are in need. Canada
has developed a refugee immigration program, allowing those who are recognized to
become permanent residents and then citizens of Canada.