A lot of people ask for a step-by-step process on how to immigrate to Canada, if you have been wondering how to answer this question and you do not know where to start, then you are in the right place.

There are various options out there on how to immigrate to Canada but there is no one way to do that because what works for you may not work for another person, your situation and experience are unique to you and your age. I will be laying emphasis on some of the options you could use to immigrate to Canada.


Below are some of the ways you could use to become a permanent resident of Canada, if one way does not work out for you, you could try out another.

  1. Family Sponsorship
  2. International student
  3. Express entry
  4. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  5. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) or Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP)
  6. Business Immigration

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This category requires you to be related to someone who is either a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident who is above 18 years of age. Now, this sponsor is allowed to bring in either a family member, a spouse, or anyone related to the spouse as long as the following requirements are checked:

  • Proof that the relationship is authentic.
  • Confirmation that he can sustain both himself and the immigrant financially.
  • The immigrant passes the medical and criminal admissibility.
  • Both the sponsor and the spouse must have lived together for a period of time and have set up a household together (ie they have a child together)

Until all these requirements are checked only then would you be able to apply for permanent residence.


This is one of the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada. In this category all you need to do is pick any school of your choice, now that school needs to be a designated learning institution then you can apply for a study permit and study for like two years so you can get a postgraduate work permit. With that work permit, you are eligible to get one year of work experience and then you can apply for permanent residence.


Express entry is another simple and straightforward way to become a permanent Canadian resident. It is a point-based system that requires you to find out your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS )score by answering a series of questions, based on the answers provided it would compute your total CRS score.

A lot of people may have taken this test to determine their CRS score but you have to keep going back to take that test in case you have missed something or you have ticked another box that could increase your initial score. The more points you have the more your chances are to be invited to Canada.

Once you know your CRS  score, the next thing you need to do is find out the current cut-off mark and compare it with your CRS score, if your CRS score is higher than the cut off you would get an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for a permanent residence.

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If you did not make it to the cut-off in the CRS, there is no need to be worried, you could apply for a PNP. PNP is an alternative for individuals who are not qualified for express entry or candidates of express entry who wish to get extra points. Once you apply for a PNP, your goal is to get a nomination letter from a province. If you successfully get a nomination letter, this would automatically give you an additional 600 points.

For instance, if you got a CRS score of 300 and the cut-off mark is 491, you add 600 points gotten to your 300 CRS score which gives you 900 points which is far above the cut-off. This award raises the candidate’s profile to the top of the pool and leads that candidate to get an Invitation To Apply (ITA).


If you have tried to immigrate to Canada using any of the above options discussed and all to no avail, do not lose hope yet. You could also try to apply for any of these programs. This is another go-to option if you do not have enough educational background, work experience, money, or points. This category requires you to find a designated employer who can provide you with a job offer.

AIPP and RNIP are almost the same, the difference between them is in AIPP, the job offer is given to you by a designated employer under the AIPP. On the other hand, RNIP is designed to bring in immigrants to a smaller community in order to grow that community and its various businesses. Once you get that job offer you can apply for Canada’s permanent residence.

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This way of immigration is divided Into two categories

  •  Self-employed category
  • Start-up visa program


To qualify for this way of immigration as a self-employed person, you would need to have two years of applicable experience and show that you intend to be self-employed in Canada.

Also, you must score at least thirty-five points on a selection grid designated to determine whether or not you would be competent enough to make a profitable donation to Canada.

Selection criteria                  Maximum points

Education                                         25

Experience                                       35

Age                                                 10

capability in English or French            24

Adaptability                                       6

Total                                               100

Above are the selection criteria on which you would be judged.


In order to qualify for the start-up visa program, you would need to meet their eligibility and admissibility requirements to enter Canada or you would be denied the visa.

Some of the eligibility and admissibility requirements for this start-up visa program include:

Having a letter of support from a designated organization.

  • Having a qualifying business.
  • You would need to meet the language requirements.
  • You are required to have enough money to live in Canada before you start making money from any business in Canada.
  • You should not pose a threat to the safety and security of Canadians or permanent residents.

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