What are the requirements to immigrate to Canada?

What are the requirements to immigrate to Canada?

If you are here, it is because you are surely interested or, at least, somewhat curious about how you can emigrate to Canada. And it is that like you, many people are attracted to emigrate to this country. It is consider one of the most solid and stable economies in the world, with a GDP per capita of 45 thousand dollars, one of the lowest inflation rates among the industrialized countries, a relatively low (8.5% on average) that has been maintained for the last 30 years and one of the highest standards of living, according to the UN.

But Canada is also a country that draws attention for the breadth of its territory, its cultural diversity and high acceptance of different lifestyles, as well as for having one of the highest levels of education and with one of the most important French-speaking cities on the planet, Montreal.  And, without a doubt, we cannot leave out some gastronomic attractions of this nation, such as the traditional maple syrup, poutine or tourtère.

So, if some of these points have caught your attention and you are interested in immigrating to Canada, it is important that you know what the different options available to you are and the requirements that you must meet to do it correctly. What do we mean? Then do not take your eyes off this content, because we will tell you about it.

Programs to apply for permanent residence

To have access to permanent residence status in Canada, foreigners must meet the conditions imposed by the Government, which are evaluated and approved by Immigration Canada. In that sense, some of the programs available to apply for this type of residency are:

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST): This is the recommended option for those who can demonstrate that they are skilled workers, have foreign work experience in a trade that is in demand in Canada, and are interested in becoming permanent residents.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSK): This application is indicated for professional workers who can demonstrate that they have work experience abroad and that they are interested in emigrating to Canadian territory. In general, this type of program is aimed at professionals who hold management positions or have worked as professionals or technicians in some specialty.

Canadian Experience Class (CEC): is a program designed for those qualified workers who already have work experience in Canada or who are working in the country, and who want to become permanent residents. If you can prove that you have one year or more of qualifying work experience in Canada, then you can apply for permanent residence under this program.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): This program is aimed at people who have skills, education or work experience that can contribute to the economy and development of some Canadian provinces, such as Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Yukon, Nova Scotia, among other.

Other programs: There are also other ways to immigrate to Canada through obtaining permanent residence, such as the non-economic class program, designed for family groups; programs for people protected and recognized by the immigration board (IRB) and the modality of permanent residence for humanitarian and compassionate reasons. But there is also a modality that can be obtained by sponsoring a family member, like they parents, grandparents, permanent partner or children.

Requirements to immigrate to Canada

The first thing you should keep in mind is that the requirements to emigrate to Canada will depend on the type of profile, program or the path you choose to opt for permanent residence, as you have already seen in the previous point. In that sense, below we will indicate the requirements with the most important:

1. Demonstrate qualified work experience: This requirement is not only about proving your work experience abroad, but also that you are qualified within the National Occupational Classification (NOC) of Canada.

This is a requirement that applies to the Federal Skill Worker (FSK) program and certain conditions must also be met, such as: having three years of professional experience in the last ten years, preferably in similar positions, in addition to demonstrating at least 1 year of continuous work in Canada.

For the FST program, this requirement must be met, but it is not about demonstrating experience in a profession, but rather in a trade that must also be qualified in the NOC. Some of those trades are chef, cook, manufacturing or processing supervisor, among others.

2. Language ability: mastery of English or French is essential to be able to opt for permanent residence, under most of the immigration programs that we have already mentioned in this content. This implies taking an exam in either of the two languages, where the basic abilities to write, read, listen, and speak are evaluated. However, the FSK and FST program require different scores in those skills, according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

For other immigration programs, it is important that you research the appropriate rules on language requirements, as well as the level of proficiency required by each of the Canadian provinces, depending on which one you plan to apply for permanent residence.

3. Educational level: if you are going to choose the FSK program, for example, it is important that you show if you have any type of academic training in Canada, be it through certificates, degrees or diplomas. But if your studies have been carried out abroad, it is important that you validate them first, through an evaluation of educational credentials (ECA, for its acronym in English).

To apply to other migration programs such as the FST, although there are no education requirements, it is always convenient to have them, since they help improve the score for the candidate for permanent residence. In these cases, the homologation of the vouchers must also be carried out through the ECA.

4. Other requirements: To opt for many of these migration programs, it is important that you also meet some basic requirements, such as:

● Be admissible to Canada

● Demonstrate sufficient financial solvency to pay for your support or the cost of living in Canada while you get a job.

● Prove that you have a valid job offer in Canada, full time.

Now that you know some of the migration programs to which you can apply to opt for permanent residence in Canada, as well as the most important requirements to do so, you will surely have a clearer idea of ​​which one could best suit your needs. Do you still have questions? ? Do not worry, I am Angélica González-Blanco, and I put at your disposal my 20 years of experience and knowledge in the Canadian immigration field, to guide you effectively in your migration process to this country.

Contact us and I will gladly advise you with the best options according to your profile to emigrate to Canada.

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