3 Easy Ways to get Permanent Residency in Canada

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Applying for a Canadian visa on your own is a tough and time-consuming procedure, especially given the numerous papers to fill out, supporting documents to provide, and rigorous dates to meet.

There are over 100 distinct Canadian immigration choices to choose from, and the key to a successful application is knowing which one best meets your specific circumstances. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.

We’ve compiled a list of the three most straightforward Canadian immigration processes to get you started on the road to a new life in one of the world’s most diverse and diversified countries.

The following are the top three ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada:

1. The Express Entry System

2. The Provincial Nominee Program

3. Family Sponsorship

1. The Express Entry System

The Express Entry System was initiated in 2015 to speed up and simplify the Canadian immigration process for skilled foreign applicants who want to live and work in Canada. The great thing about the Express Entry system is that you don’t require a job offer to apply, not to mention that the processing time has now been reduced to approximately 6 – 8 months, making it one of the easiest and quickest ways to immigrate to Canada. Candidates can apply under one of 3 Federal Immigration Programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP);
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

All eligible visa applicants are scored according to factors such as their age, work experience, and educational qualifications according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). They are then entered into a draw pool and ranked against other applicants. Express Entry draws usually occur every 2 weeks in Canada, from which the highest-scoring applicants are chosen by the Canadian government to apply for permanent residency.

The Express Entry system is also linked to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Nine of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories have Express Entry-linked PNPs making it both quicker and easier to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to live and work in Canada permanently.

2. The Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program is aimed at enticing experienced workers to move to the province in order to fill the current gap in the Canadian labour market. Certain provinces and territories have specific occupations that have high shortages, which means that should your job title be listed on a particular province’s In-demand Occupation list, you will be placed above other applicants to receive a Provincial Nomination (PN). Receiving a PN almost guarantees permanent residency candidates are awarded 600 extra points to add to their CRS score.

But that’s not the best part. Certain PNPs have Express Entry streams, which means that if you have an Express Entry profile and have expressed interest in that province, they are able to select your profile from the draw pool. Not only will your application be fast-tracked, but you will receive extra points, making certain PNPs extremely easy to receive permanent residency through.

Below are the PNPs that have Express Entry streams or categories.

  • 1. The British Columbia PNP Express Entry Stream;
  • 2. The New Brunswick PNP Express Entry Labour Market System;
  • 3. The Saskatchewan PNP International Skilled Worker Category Express Entry System;
  • 4. Nova Scotia PNP Demand Express Entry Stream; and
  • Nova Scotia PNP Experience Express Entry Stream;
  • 5. Northwest Territories PNP Express Entry for Skilled Workers stream
  • 6. Newfoundland and Labrador PNP Express Entry for Skilled Workers stream
  • 7. Ontario INP Human Capital Category: Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream; and
  • Ontario INP Human Capital Category: Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream; and
  • Ontario INP Human Capital Category: Express Entry Skilled Trades stream;
  • 8. Prince Edward Island PNP Express Entry stream;
  • 9. Yukon PNP Express Entry stream.

3. Family Sponsorship Visa

The Family Sponsorship Visa allows permanent Canadian residents and citizens over the age of 18 years of age to sponsor a spouse or common-law partner, a relative or dependant to live and work in Canada. There are 4 streams under this visa, including the following:

  • Spousal and Family Sponsorship Visa;
  • Spousal and Common-law Sponsorship Program;
  • Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program; and
  • Super Visa