There are different pathways to getting permanent residency in Canada, these are the 5 Easiest Pathways to get Permanent Residence in Canada.
5 Easiest Pathways to get Permanent Residence in Canada
Sometime in 2015, the Canadian government launched a new electronic immigration system that offers express entry to Canada for skilled and qualified immigrants. The new Express Entry program will manage applications for permanent residence for immigrants who can fill jobs where there is a lack of available skilled Canadian workers.
The Canadian government understood quickly the need to expand the labor force of the country to meet the country’s long-term economic growth and prosperity. As it stands, they cannot do it alone, hence, the need to liaise with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to proactively assess, recruit and select immigrants who are skilled and/or possessed the relevant qualifications under federal economic immigration programs.
How to Qualify for Express Entry
The express entry program is graded on a 100% scale system and immigrants are expected to score a minimum of 67% to be eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, however, if you score lower than 67% you will not be able to qualify.
Criteria Used to Qualify for Express Entry
There are criteria and requirements that the Canadian government looks out for and they make up the 100 points. These include;
- Education – 25 points;
- Language skills – 28 points;
- Work experience – 15 points;
- Age – 12 points;
- Arranged employment in Canada -10 points;
- Adaptability – 10 points.
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How Express Entry Works
Those ranking highly in the pool (based on skills, experience, eligible job offers, and relevant nominations where applicable) will then be invited to apply for permanent residency through an ITA (Invitation to Apply) and will have a total of 60 days to submit their electronic application. Electronic applications will be required to be submitted through one of the below programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Most applications will be pushed through swiftly by CIC, with many expected to be completed within six months.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Requirements
In order to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class you must:
- meet the required language levels needed for your job for each language ability within writing, reading, listening, and speaking
- have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years before you apply. The work experience must be full-time or an equal amount part-time
- have gained your work experience by working in Canada legally
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How Canadian Work Experience is Calculated
Your skilled work experience must be paid work including paid wages or earned commission. Volunteer work or unpaid internships are not counted.
For part-time work, you can work more or less than 15 hours/per week as long as it adds up to 1,560 hours. You can work more than 1 part-time job to get the hours you need to apply!
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification, skilled work experience means:
- managerial jobs (skill level 0)
- professional jobs (skill type A)
- technical jobs and skilled trades (skill type B)
Your work experience can be in 1 or more NOC 0, A, or B jobs. Find your NOC Code!
Education Requirements for CEC Immigration
There is no education requirement for the Canadian Experience Class. Although if you want to increase your CRS score you can do so with your Education experience with these two options:
- If you went to school in Canada, you can get points for a certificate, diploma, or degree from a Canadian University or post-secondary institution.
- If you have foreign education, you can get points for a completed foreign credential or an EAC report.
Language Requirement for CEC
- meet the minimum language level of:
- Canadian Language Benchmark 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR
- Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for NOC B jobs
- take approved language tests for:
Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result and must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.
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Provincial Nominee Program
How to Apply for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
While the immigration process in general is confusing, the PNP doesn’t have to be. There are several steps that you can take to start the process of applying for a PNP no matter whichever Province you are applying for.
Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility
Step 2: Start the Application Process
Step 3: Check the Process Times
Step 4: Provide Required Documents
Step 5: Prepare Your Arrival to Canada or Apply Again With Corrections to the Application
Canadian Provinces that Offer PNPs?
Currently, there are eleven territories that are participating in the program. Criteria and eligibilities vary depending on the place of nomination.
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
- Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
Other Pathways include;
- Business Immigration, and;
- Family Sponsorship.