Guide to Canadian Immigration Routes


Canada is a great place to live and work but getting there is a long journey. Inorder to live and work in Canada, you need a number of permission and the procedure can vary depending where you are planning to settle.

A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent residence status by immigrating to Canada. Permanent resident enjoy the same rights like Canadian citizens except for few. Moreover a person in Canada on temporary basis like a student or foreign worker is also not a permanent resident. There are several methods of becoming a permanent resident of Canada.

Federal Skilled Workers:

Under this program, individuals can apply to become permanent residents and are evaluated based on education level, language ability, work experience, age, arranged employment and adaptability. Each factor is evaluated and overall score determines whether the applicant is suitable for the PR status. Citizenship and Immigration Canada also takes into account criminal background if exists, the Canadian labour market and other factors to determine the outcome of your application.

Federal Skilled Trades:

Federal skilled trades program provide opportunities for workers in certain skilled trades that rely on practical skills rather than academic qualifications. Like federal skilled workers, skilled trade’s applicants are also evaluated based on different factors. A job offer from a Canadian employer is also useful.

Business Class Immigration:

If you are a business person and have the knowledge to run a company or invest then you can apply for Business Class immigration. Every year thousands of ambitious business people visit Canada to do business. Basic objective of this program is to encourage investment and employment in Canada through the immigration of people who have the ability to successfully establish or invest in a business in Canada. Individuals for a Canadian permanent residence under the Canadian Business immigration program can apply under Investor program, Entrepreneur program and self-employed persons.

Provincial Nominee Program:

Canadian government has come up with PNP program wherein candidates enjoy speedy visa application process. Applicants should possess necessary skills, proper education, sufficient work experience, and IELTS score. Inorder to qualify for the PNP program, a Canadian province or territory must nominate the candidate. Once nominated by the province, you need to file for PR application and then the CIC will evaluate your application and supporting documents.

Canadian Experience Class:

Canadian Experience Class is an immigration program for temporary foreign workers and students who wish to become permanent residence. Both the applicants need to have work experience in Canada inorder to qualify. Applicants must plan to live in a province other than Quebec, work experience must be of proper authorization, minimum language ability and application must not be one of the 6 exempt occupations like cooks, food service supervisors, administrative officers, administrative assistants, accounting technicians and bookkeepers, and retail sales supervisors.

Family Class Sponsorship:

Canadian government believes in keeping families together and so prioritizes the process of family class sponsorship. Family members that are Canadian citizens or permanent residents can sponsor a family member living abroad. Inorder to qualify, the sponsor must:

  • Prove that they will be able to financially support the applicant if necessary
  • Need to enter into an agreement with the government as well as the sponsor relative, where the sponsor will agree to support the family member for certain period
  • Prove their intention to live in Canada
  • Be atleast 18 years of age
  • Not be charged with any serious offence
  • Not be bankrupt
  • Not to be under removal order if a permanent resident

Since the criteria for Canadian immigration differs depending on where you wish to settle, an applicant can’t afford to make a mistake. So in such, consulting an immigration consultant will help you understand about the process.