Canada immigration

Apply to travel, study, work or immigrate to Canada, apply for citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee protection.

Family class: The application process

The intent of the family class immigration program is to reunite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with close family members. By undertaking to support sponsored members of the family class, the sponsor promises that, for a specified duration, they will provide for the basic needs of their family members so they do not have to rely on social assistance.

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Refugees and asylum

Apply for refugee status from within Canada, find out how to come to Canada as a refugee, sponsor a refugee or find refugee services in Canada.

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Humanitarian and compassionate grounds

People who would not normally be eligible to become permanent residents of Canada may be able to apply on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds apply to people with exceptional cases. We assess these applications on a case-by-case basis.

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Canadian Experience Class

The intent of the family class immigration program is to reunite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with close family members. By undertaking to support sponsored members of the family class, the sponsor promises that, for a specified duration, they will provide for the basic needs of their family members so they do not have to rely on social assistance.

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FSWP - Federal Skilled Worker

This program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently.

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FST - Federal Skilled Trades Program

This program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently.

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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is currently accepting applications under the following streams:

  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Human Capital Priorities Strea
  • Skilled Trades Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream

The following OINP streams are closed to applications at this time:

  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream

To apply under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario.

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The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills and abilities to fill job shortages in Alberta, and be able to provide for their families. The program is run by both the Alberta government and the federal government.

If a person is nominated through the program, they may apply for permanent residence status together with their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children.

This application for permanent residence is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The federal government makes final decisions on these applications.

Program nominees must meet the following federal checks to be eligible for a permanent resident visa:

  • medical
  • security
  • criminal

This visa will allow immigration to Alberta.

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Skilled Worker Stream

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) seeks recent graduates, skilled workers, businesspeople and their families with the intention and ability to successfully settle and economically establish in Manitoba as permanent residents. Manitoba makes it easy to immigrate and settle in our province.

The MPNP for Skilled Workers is locally driven and based on the needs of Manitoba employers. We select internationally trained and experienced workers who have the skills needed in the local labour market, and nominate them to receive Canadian permanent resident visas to settle and work in Manitoba. There are two streams:

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba
  • Skilled Workers Overseas

This visa will allow immigration to Alberta.

International Education Stream

The new International Education Stream (IES) for Manitoba graduates is dedicated to providing international students graduating in Manitoba and meeting the needs of industry faster pathways to nomination.There are three pathways:

  • Career Employment Pathway
  • Graduate Internship Pathway
  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

Business Investor Stream

The renewed Business Investor Stream will replace the current PNP-B business immigration category. BIS allows Manitoba to recruit and nominate qualified business investors and entrepreneurs from around the world who have the intent and ability to start or purchase businesses in Manitoba. Applicants will no longer be required to submit a deposit of $100,000 to the Manitoba government.

  • The Entrepreneur Pathway for applicants seeking to open a business in Manitoba.
  • The Farm Investor Pathway for those intending to establish and operate a farm operation in rural Manitoba.
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The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is a way to immigrate to Canada. Through the SINP, the Province of Saskatchewan:

  • Invites residency applications from non-Canadians who want to make Saskatchewan their home
  • Nominates successful applicants to the federal government for permanent residency in Canada

The SINP is only one of the steps toward becoming a permanent resident in Saskatchewan. All approved applicants must also apply for residency through IRCC Canadian Immigration Commission.

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The New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream is designed for Foreign Nationals who possess the skills, education and work experience needed to contribute to New Brunswick’s economy. Candidates must meet the program’s minimum eligibility requirements, have a genuine offer of employment from a New Brunswick Employer and have the full intent to live and work in the province on a permanent basis.

This program will also help New Brunswick employers, unable to fill job vacancies with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, recruit foreign nationals and international graduates whose skills are needed in the province.

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Through the NSNP, prospective immigrants who have the skills and experience targeted by Nova Scotia may be nominated to immigrate. Review the different NSNP streams to determine if you qualify:

  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  • Labour Market Priorities for Physicians
  • Physician
  • Entrepreneur
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Skilled Worker
  • Occupations in Demand
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
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BC PNP PATHWAYS

The BC Provincial Nominee Program offers three ways to become a permanent resident in B.C. Each pathway contains different categories you can apply under, depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status. Browse the links below for details of available categories, program requirements, and how to register and apply.

Choose your pathway

The BC Provincial Nominee Program offers three ways to become a permanent resident in B.C. Each pathway contains different categories you can apply under, depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status. Browse the links below for details of available categories, program requirements, and how to register and apply.

Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.

You may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered.

Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BC PNP and permanent residency process.

You do not require B.C. work experience. However, you must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language.

Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to actively manage a business in B.C. It is a points-based invitation system. Applicants must have the required personal and investment funds.

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs who want to start a new business in participating regional communities across B.C.

We also have an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees.

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You can apply for a PEI Express Entry nomination for permanent residency through the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP). Your nomination through PEI PNP will increase your chance of being issued an Invitation to Apply from the Federal Government.
To be eligible for nomination through PEI Express Entry, you must:
meet the requirements of at least one of the Federal Economic Immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program

create a Federal Express Entry Profile and be placed in the pool of candidates
You can create a profile at any time through IRCC There are two pathways to permanent residency through the PEI Express Entry Category, depending on if you have a job offer in PEI or not.  Priority will be given to applicants that are living and working in PEI.

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP) allows the Province to nominate applicants who meet established criteria, for Permanent Resident Status. The NLPNP offers:

  • An efficient immigration process for qualified skilled workers, international graduates and their families who wish to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Assistance from provincial Immigration Program Development Officers who are available to explain the program requirements, and guide applicants throughout the application process.

Newfoundland and Labrador may nominate up to 1,050 individuals annually through the NLPNP, through the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Express Entry-Skilled Worker categories.

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Quebec-selected skilled workers

This is the application process for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada and live in Quebec. Quebec has a special agreement on immigration with the Government of Canada. The province has its own rules for choosing immigrants who will adapt well to living there.

Permanent residence for caregivers

Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot As of June 18, 2019, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot

Self Employed

The Self-employed Persons Program allows people to immigrate to Canada permanently as a self-employed person.

If you’re interested in this program, you must:

have relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics and be willing and able to make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada

Agri-Food Pilot: About the pilot

The Agri-Food Pilot helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector. The pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. It will run until May 2023.

List of Province:

  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • New Brunswick

Programs

  • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program(AISP)
  • Atlantic High Skilled Program (AHSP)
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

Note: A LMIA is not needed for Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs

Employer designation

Employer in Atlantic Canada who is interested in using the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) to fill a full time job vacancy contacts Provincial Immigration Office to express interest.

Employer contacts a participating settlement service provider organization and commits to preparing their workplace to welcome newcomers.

Employer applies to the province to become a designated employer.

Atlantic Province designates the employer

Employer finds a recruit that meets the program criteria based on their initial assessment and offers them a job.

Endorsement

Employer connects their recruit with a participating settlement service provider organization.

Candidate contacts a settlement service provider organization of their choice for a needs assessment service that will result in a settlement plan for themselves and their family.

Settlement service provider organization provides candidate with a settlement plan after the needs assessment.

Candidate sends a copy of the settlement plan to the employer

Employer completes the provincial endorsement application, identifying the appropriate program based on candidate’s work experience and including the job offer and settlement plan, and sends it to the province.
In cases where it is urgent to fill the position, candidates may be eligible for a temporary work permit. Certain conditions apply, such as having a valid job offer, a referral letter from the province and a commitment to apply for permanent residence.

    Province reviews and approves the endorsement application. Province sends candidate an endorsement letter.

Immigration application

Candidate completes their permanent residence application and sends it to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) including their endorsement letter and any other required documents.

IRCC processes the application - Applications will be processed in six months or less in the majority of cases.

Approved candidate and their family come to Atlantic Canada.

Employer supports candidate and their family’s settlement and integration in their workplace and community in partnership with settlement service provider organization.

Employer finds a recruit that meets the program criteria based on their initial assessment and offers them a job.

About the process
There are 4 steps to applying for permanent residence under this pilot.
  • Check that you meet both
  • IRCC eligibility requirements andthe community-specific requirements.
  • Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities.
  • Once you have a job offer, submit your application for recommendation to the community.
List of Community
North Bay, ON
Sudbury, ON
Timmins, ON
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Thunder Bay, ON
Brandon, MB
Altona/Rhineland, MB
Moose Jaw, SK
Claresholm, AB
Vernon, BC
West Kootenay (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Nelson), BC

About the process

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that :
  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale
  • are innovative

are innovative you have an innovative business idea? If you can get support for your idea from one of the designated organizations, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

Study awaits for you...