If you’ve been thinking of immigrating to Canada in 2022, you should know there are a few options available to make this happen.
Before you go to Canada during the pandemic, it’s worth knowing that they have created a lot of travel restrictions. COVID-19 case counts in Canada are at an all-time high to begin the new year. It’s been a while, but the federal government is finally starting to require some pre-arrival PCR tests. Starting on January 15, most foreign travelers will have to be fully immunized with a vaccine from a recognized manufacturer.
The Canadian government website has the information on travel restrictions for visitors coming to Canada. Currently, students, workers, and permanent residents are permitted entry but they must follow the public advice on how to prevent coronavirus.
If you qualify for one of these programs, you may also be able to apply for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that is aligned with Express Entry, though this is not required for all PNPs. Some PNPs are managed by the province’s own application system and may be more appropriate for some people who are ineligible for Express Entry.
Express Entry calculates points based on factors such as your Canadian Language Benchmark level, work experience, post-secondary education & age. This score allows you to be eligible for Canada’s Express Entry Visa Program.
There are other factors that can boost your score such as having French language proficiency, a sibling in Canada, or a valid Canadian job offer.
Although the standard processing time for an Express Entry application is six months, the average processing time in 2020 was nine months.
Express Entry allows you to apply for Canadian immigration to any province or territory except Quebec, which is why it has its own section.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a possible option for people who qualify to move to Canada and don’t meet the requirements for Express Entry. Every province and territory except Quebec and Nunavut has a PNP. Each governmental body tailors their program to suit their unique demographic and economic growth strategies.
There are two types of PNPs: enhanced PNPs, which use the Express Entry pool to draft applicants; and base PNPs, which operate independently from Express Entry. If you are nominated for the province through the enhanced PNP, you would receive 600 points – putting you in priority for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
Base PNPs are more focused on recruiting candidates who support regional economic and population growth strategies. To apply for this program, you will need to have a connection to the province, such as local study or work experience, or professional experience that matches NOC skill levels C and D.
Quebec has its own immigration program. Although the federal government still holds a permanent say on who gets admitted, they cannot enforce sweeping immigration policy that covers the province.
You need to get the Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ, in order to immigrate to Quebec. The CSQ is given out by immigration authorities and it depends on what kind of immigration visa you’re looking for.
Getting your CSQ confirms to the government that Quebec has selected you for immigration. You can then use it to apply for permanent residence with IRCC
You may be eligible for family sponsorship if you have family in Canada. Canadians can sponsor their spouses and common-law partners, as well as their dependent children or adult relatives, parents, and grandparents. In some cases, Canadians may be eligible to sponsor other family members.
Both sides of the sponsorship process have eligibility requirements. Canadians may be required to present that they can financially support both of you. The person being sponsored has to pass criminal and medical admissibility criteria. You must both demonstrate that your relationship is genuine. In the case of spouses, for example, the immigration officer must be convinced that you did not marry solely for the purpose of immigration.
Each program has its own eligibility criteria, and depending on what country you are coming from, different document requirements. To know more about Canada Immigration Programs call us at 1800 419 3242 or email to us at email@example.com
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