Immigrating to Canada in 2021

The federal government has announced that between 2020 and 2023, it plans to welcome more than one million new immigrants. Canada has many programs available to assist those who wish to live and work in this country, and at first glance, it might seem overwhelming and hard to know which is the right program for you. After all, there are more than 80 different pathways for immigration into Canada!

In this article, we will review the broad categories of pathway that you can take if you wish to immigrate to Canada in 2021 and some of the information you will need to get started.

Economic and Business Pathways

The programs are designed to help skilled foreign workers and business people who can help Canada’s economy to thrive. Programs included in this category are:

  • Provincial nominee programs.
  • Express entry.
  • Quebec immigration.
  • Investor programs.
  • Entrepreneur programs.

Also in this category are programs designed for immigrants in certain sectors of the economy such as the Caregivers Program, Agri-Food Pilot, Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and Atlantic Pilot.

Family Sponsorship

Individuals may also be able to immigrate to Canada through a family sponsorship. If you have one of the following family members already living in Canada, they may be able to sponsor you:

  • Spouse or common-law partner.
  • Dependent child.
  • Parents or grandparents.

Humanitarian and Refugee Immigration

The third category of immigrants is those who are granted entry into Canada for humanitarian and compassionate reasons. According to government targets, a significant proportion of immigration over the next few years will be dedicated to refugees.

How much money is required to immigrate to Canada?

The answer to this question depends largely on what program you are using to enter the country. Economic immigrants for example must be able to provide proof that they can support themselves whereas business immigrants are required to make a significant investment in Canada.

With family sponsorships, this varies on who is being sponsored. In the case of a dependent child or spouse, there is usually no financial information required, but in the case of parents or grandparents, there is usually a financial requirement that must be met.

With humanitarian and compassionate immigration, there are no financial requirements except in cases where refugees are being privately sponsored.

Am I too old to immigrate to Canada?

While there is no age limit for immigrating to Canada, in the case of economic immigration, those who are between the ages of 25-35 receive the most points. For family and humanitarian immigrants, there is no point system.

How difficult is it to immigrate to Canada?

With so many programs available, there is every chance that you will be able to find one to which you are suited. With that being said, however, moving into any new country does require a bit of work and some pathways are more difficult to qualify for than others.

For this reason, it is important to work with a qualified immigration lawyer who can be your point of contact with the Canadian government, who can help you with your application, and who can advise you of which documents you will need to submit.

To learn more about how you can immigrate to Canada in 2021, contact Mikhailtichenko Law Office today to speak with one of our immigration lawyers.