Recently, the federal government of Canada announced that it would be admitting over 1 million new immigrants within the next three years. But with more than 70 Canadian immigration programs to choose from, you might be confused as to which one is best under any given circumstances.
If you are in the process of trying to immigrate to Canada – or if you are trying to help a loved one or new employee move here, this article is for you. We’ve compiled our list of top four programs for immigrating to Canada in 2020.
1. Express Entry
The quickest of all Canadian immigration programs is aptly named “Express Entry” with 80% applications being processed in under 4 months. This program is designed specifically for skilled foreign workers who wish to become permanent residents in Canada. The program works by ranking candidates based on their age, education, work experience and their ability to speak one of Canada’s official languages. This program also allows successful applicants to bring their family members to Canada.
You are not required to have a formal job offer to apply for the Express Entry program. Ideal candidates include those with university or college degrees, skilled work experience and at least a moderate proficiency in French or English.
2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are offered by each of Canada’s provinces and territories with the exception of Quebec. Through the PNPs, provinces and territories can bring in skilled foreign workers to have permanent resident status based on their own economic needs.
Individuals who receive a nomination from one of the provinces or territories receive an additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which all but guarantees that they will be invited to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system.
3. Become an International Student
Did you know that Canada is one of the top countries in the world for international students? This is in part because of our many great colleges and universities as well as our open minded and welcoming attitude toward newcomers – but it is also because Canada makes it easy for international students to apply for permanent residence status after they have graduated.
4. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP)
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program was created in 2017 in order to help the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) attract international workers. Applicants to this program must fall into one of three streams:
- High-Skilled Workers Stream
- Intermediate-Skilled Workers Stream
- International Graduates Stream
In all three of these streams, applicants are rated on work experience, education, language proficiency and proof of funds (ability to support themselves).
If an employer who is participating in the program offers a job to a skilled foreign worker, that person will receive support to help them through their immigration process and to settle in Canada. Would you like more information or assistance with the Canadian immigration process for yourself or someone you know? If so, contact us today for a consultation.