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- What is the Fastest Way to Immigrate to Canada?
- What is the Maximum Age for Canadian Immigration?
- Is it Easy to Immigrate to Canada?
- Do I Need a Job Offer to Immigrate to Canada?
- What is a Permanent Resident?
- What is a Citizen?
- Can I Work Anywhere in Canada?
- Can I Bring My Family to Canada?
- Why is Canada Looking for Immigrants?
What is the Fastest Way to Immigrate to Canada?
The fastest method of immigrating to Canada is through Express Entry. Express Entry processes most applications in six months or less.
What is the Maximum Age for Canadian Immigration?
There is no specific age limit requirement for any Canadian immigration program. That said, in most categories of economic immigration, applicants 25-35 receive the maximum points. That doesn’t mean older applicants cannot be selected. Substantial work experience, high language proficiency, connections to Canada, and advanced education can easily offset any points lost for age in economic immigration.
Family sponsorship and humanitarian and refugee immigration to Canada do not use a ranking system and therefore do not have any penalties for age whatsoever.
Is it Easy to Immigrate to Canada?
With over 80 pathways of immigration, Canada has a range of options for all types of applicants. That said, moving to a new country requires some effort. Some immigration programs require higher qualifications and more documents than others. Using the services of a Canadian immigration lawyer can greatly assist in the immigration process from start to finish.
Canadian immigration lawyers are the point of contact with the government for your application. They handle the submission of your application and advise you on the documents you need, the ones you might want to include, and the documents you should not provide.
To learn more about how the skilled legal professionals and lawyers at the Canadian Law Firm can help you, check out our Canadian immigration services page.
Do I Need a Job Offer to Immigrate to Canada?
No. The vast majority of all Canadian permanent residents have yet to have a job offer in Canada when they apply. While some Canadian immigration programs require applicants to have a Canadian job offer, a range of programs and options are available to foreign nationals without an offer of employment in Canada. Here are two main immigration programs that do not require a Canadian job offer:
- Express Entry
The Express Entry system welcomes over 100,000 newcomers to Canada each year. If you apply for an Express Entry program, you will likely not need a job offer. About 90% of Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residency without holding a Canadian job offer, according to IRCC’s Year-End Report 2019.
Express Entry requires applicants to have good work, educational experience, and language skills. However, you will not lose points for not having an offer from a Canadian employer.
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
There are also many Provincial Nominee Programs that do not require a job offer to apply.
Some provinces, such as Saskatchewan, will instead use Expression of Interest (EOI) points-based systems – similar to Express Entry – to determine which candidates will be invited to apply for nomination.
Other provinces, such as Ontario or Nova Scotia, will invite candidates directly from the Express Entry pool to fill specific demographic or labor market gaps. That means you can be asked to settle permanently in a Canadian province just by having an Express Entry profile in the collection of candidates.
So if you want to immigrate to Canada and do not yet have a valid job offer, don’t panic! Many options available to become a permanent resident do not include a job offer requirement.
What is a Permanent Resident?
A Canadian permanent resident is a citizen of another country who has been granted permission to live in Canada as a permanent resident. Once a person has permanent resident status, they can live and work anywhere in the country. Permanent residents receive significant benefits in Canada, including access to healthcare and social services, the right to live, work, and study anywhere in Canada, and protection under Canadian law. After being a permanent resident for a certain amount of time, permanent residents are eligible to apply to become Canadian citizens! Canadian permanent residents do not have the right to vote in Canadian elections.
What is a Citizen?
Canadian citizens have many rights and privileges in Canada. Citizens can access healthcare, social services, and support under the law. A citizen can live, work, and study anywhere in Canada and has the right to vote in Canadian elections. As well, citizenship cannot be revoked or removed. All people born in Canada automatically qualify for Canadian citizenship. Foreign nationals can also become naturalized Canadian citizens by going through the proper application process with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Can I Work Anywhere in Canada?
Once a person has Canadian permanent resident status, they have the authorization to live and work anywhere in Canada. If a foreign national does not have Canadian permanent resident status, they must have the proper permission to work in Canada. Usually, this authorization comes in the form of a Canadian work permit.
Can I Bring My Family to Canada?
Specific immigration programs allow foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada with their family members. However, the family members able to accompany a foreign national varies depending on the immigration program. For example, those immigrating through Canada’s Express Entry system are eligible to include their spouse and dependent children on the application, not their parents. However, Canada has family sponsorship programs enabling Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and parents/grandparents. To determine whether or not your family members may join you, first, you must determine which immigration pathway you choose to pursue!
Why is Canada Looking for Immigrants?
Canadian cities and rural areas depend on newcomers to keep their populations growing and to support their labor markets. Canada also has an aging population, and without a robust system of immigration, Canada would be on a similar trajectory to Japan in the 1990s. But unlike Japan, Canada embraced immigration, which has allowed us to maintain a large proportion of the population in prime working age, between 25 and 54. This would not be possible without mass immigration to Canada.