There are eight sure ways to immigrate to Canada. Note that the topic did not say eight ways to travel to Canada. There are many ways to travel to Canada but this article only wants to address immigration. Hence, you should expect me to mention the routes available for traveling to and living in Canada permanently.
Any person or family can travel to Canada and live there permanently if they really set their heart to it. No matter your level of education, work experience, profession, or English language proficiency, you will find a favorable route to Canada. I will list all the Canadian immigration schemes and give you a summary of each one in this article. Future posts will expand on each one in detail.
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
This scheme allows people with skilled work experience outside Canada to immigrate to Canada. Anyone from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania with foreign work experience can apply for this program to immigrate to Canada permanently.
The FSW program uses a point-based system to rank applicants. That is, if you apply for immigration under this scheme, you will be scored for many factors ranging from your age to level of education. Your final score determines your chances of getting invited to apply for Canadian immigration.
The factors usually considered and for which you gain points include, work experience, language ability (English and/or French), education, age, and adaptability. This is one of the easiest routes for migrating to Canada. I will explain this in detail in another article.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Unlike the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), which is run by the Federal Government of Canada, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is run by provinces in Canada. Provinces, from time to time, invite persons and families with skills, education, and work experience to contribute to the economy of the specific province.
Different provinces have different requirements. Therefore, an applicant needs to confirm the requirements of any province before they apply for provincial nomination. Some provinces allow you to apply directly for nomination while others require that you apply through the Federal Express Entry. A detail of this will come in another article.
Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class is basically under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) but targeted towards candidates with Canadian experience. What does this mean? In the FSW pool, there are candidates who are getting points for having worked in Canada in the past. The Canadian work experience is an adaptability factor and it counts towards their total point.
The Canadian Experience Class invites applicants in this category. Do not worry, if you don’t have this, you can still get Canadian PR.
Federal Skilled Trades Class
This immigration route is open to persons who have trade skills that are in demand in Canada. It is another popular immigration scheme among Africans and Asians who want to migrate to Canada. This program helps you become a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR).
The requirements for application include the English or French language requirement depending on the province you have in mind. Don’t worry, the language requirement here is not high. If you can speak and understand English, you are probably eligible. Other requirements include at least 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade. Note that this experience must be within the last 5 years before your application.
Canadian Family Class
The Canadian Family Class immigration scheme is pretty simple and straightforward. It is for people who have become Canadian PR or Citizens to invite their family to come and live with them. For example, if you travel to Canada via the FSW scheme and you get the PR, you can invite any relative that you declared when you were traveling to Canada.
Note that the person inviting you will also need to pledge to take care of the needs of any family members they are inviting for a specified period. If you have a close relative in Canada, you can ask if they are willing to sponsor you.
The other 4 means of migrating to Canada is not for people who are simply looking for a greener pasture. It is for people who want to do business in a more prosperous economy. These immigration programs include Business Investor, the Business Entrepreneur, the Business Self-Employed, and the Quebec Immigration.