Canada has always been a popular destination for those looking to start a new life abroad. Every year, thousands of people are attracted by Canada’s low crime rates, clean environment, access to healthcare and education, and the easy immigration process.
Is moving a big step? Yes. But it shouldn’t be something that scares you away when considering your next move. In this article we will take an in depth look at the best ways to immigrate to Canada in 2022. We will help you find the path that’s best for you, but this article isn’t just for immigrants to Canada — it’s for anyone looking to move to Canada.
Easiest Ways to Immigrate to Canada
1. Provincial Nominee Programs
If you’ve had previous experience in a skilled trade, or have acquired knowledge through an accredited university or college program, then you may qualify for a qualification transfer that allows you to work in Canada before immigrating.
Although immigration is a federal responsibility, provinces are able to nominate candidates for immigration. A nomination from a province will speed up the immigration process and, in most cases, reduce the number of points that you’ll need to qualify. Some provinces even require fewer points to immigrate than they do to get accepted into a Canadian university.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia all use the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to select immigrants to the province. If you are applying for a PNP you will need to meet some basic criteria before being considered.
2. Express Entry
Canada’s Express Entry System is the world’s largest ongoing immigration selection system. It has been designed to use the skills and attributes of candidates to select those who are most likely to succeed in Canada. Express Entry is an online system that allows candidates to submit their application, which will then be scored against a number of criteria by the government. Strong applicants are selected as they are deemed to have the best chance of settling successfully in Canada and Canada makes a positive return on its investment in them.
In addition to being a fast track to immigration, the Express Entry System is also a pathway for Provincial Nominee Programs. Express Entry candidates who are nominated by the province and receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) will be considered under the PNP.
3. Business Immigration
There are a number of ways that you can immigrate as a businessperson. As well as the Provincial Nominee Program, business visas can be issued in partnership with foreign countries to bring in new investment and talent. A business visa is valid up to five years, and can be extended in total but not individually by another number of years.
This immigration route requires an investment into Canada, but this can be in the form of a net tangible benefit to Canadian interests. Since you are immigrating as a businessperson, you will be exempt from the language and education requirements under the Express Entry System. This means that — in theory — there is no barrier limiting your ability to immigrate to Canada.
4. Study Visa
Canada offers a study visa that can be issued to international students who want to study abroad in Canada. You can also obtain a study permit to immigrate to Canada for a maximum period of two years. The study permit allows you to look for a job in Canada and get your foot in the door of the labour market, and this will give you an advantage over those who apply on their own under Express Entry.
The first step is for you to be accepted by a designated learning institution in order to get a study permit. Canadian universities have a great reputation around the world, and studying in Canada can be an incredible opportunity for those who wish to see what life is like for themselves. This visa allows you to work on and off campus, but means that you cannot work off campus without a work permit.
5. Family Sponsorship
This is one of the most common types of immigration to Canada. Unless you’re from a country with a visa exemption, you will need someone to sponsor your application before you can apply for immigration. Your spouse, common-law partner and dependent children (under the age of 19) can be sponsored by an eligible Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada . Once this is complete, the rest of your family can then apply to join you in Canada.
The first step is to apply for proof of sponsorship. You will need to submit proof of your relationship with the sponsor, and provide information regarding their financial means in order to obtain a Proof of Financial Capacity. Once this has been submitted, you or another family member can then begin an application for Permanent Residence (PR). You will need to provide evidence of your permanent residency, and the sponsorship proof must be valid for at least one year.
Canada has long been described as the “best country in the world”, and is still growing in popularity as a place for immigrants to settle. This is due to the country’s welcoming nature, diversity, quality of life and opportunities.
There are so many ways that you can immigrate to Canada — whether it be through a Provincial Nominee Program or through Express Entry — but every pathway has its unique requirements for you to immigrate successfully.