Last Updated on November 12, 2023 by Otuebo Harrison
One of the best nations in which to reside right now is Canada. It offers one of the best educational systems and employment prospects in the world. Don’t forget about the world-class, free healthcare system, which is among the top 10 in the world. The Canadian government extends invitations to about 500 000 immigrants each year so they can begin a new life in the nation of North America.
Currently, there are more than 100 options available for anyone looking to immigrate to Canada and begin a new life. Would you wish to receive this opportunity as one of the recipients?
We’ve made a list of the 5 best ones that give you the best chance of being accepted.
1. The Express Train: Express Entry Program
The best approach to become a permanent resident of Canada is most likely through the Express Entry System. This mechanism was developed especially to help Canada import skilled labor.
In other words, if you have a degree and some professional experience, this is how you enter the North American continent.
You just need to create a profile once for this program in order to be eligible for all draws that will take place during the following 12 months (draws are biweekly).
The selection process takes skilled individuals six months on average.
This doesn’t preclude you from being chosen in your initial draw, either. You’ll need to start over if a year goes by and you’re not drawn.
You can select from one of the three programs offered by the Express Entry System based on your age, education, work history, and language proficiency:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – the main program created for skilled workers.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – for immigrants with work experience in eligible trade occupations.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – this program was established for those who already worked in Canada on a temporary visa (read more below).
2. The HiTech-ish: British Columbia Provincial Program
Nearly every province in Canada has its unique immigration policies for professionals. These are not connected to the Express Entry System and are known as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
The British Columbia PNP (BC PNP) is likely the best of all. Why? since it is the only one that takes applications online.
Additionally, it holds more draws than the Express Entry System, which reduces the waiting time.
There are certain in-demand professions in each Canadian province. In British Columbia, those in the technology industry are in high demand.
A BC PNP application for permanent residence from an IT expert is typically approved in approximately 2 to 3 months.
3. The Rural: Atlantic Immigration Pilot
In order to draw new workers to Atlantic Canada, the pilot program was started in 2017. For those who are unaware, Atlantic Canada is made up of the Eastern provinces (apart from Quebec) that are situated on the Atlantic Ocean’s coast: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The pilot is also divided into 3 programs:
- Atlantic International Graduate Program
- Atlantic High-skilled Program
- Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program
Similar to the Express Entry System, all you need to do is set up a profile and wait to be chosen.
On average, the waiting period lasts only six months. Your chances of getting approved much sooner are higher the more in-demand your profession is.
It is generally more likely for persons to immigrate through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot if they work in the healthcare, agricultural, aquaculture, technological, and transportation sectors. In actuality, you are approved more more quickly than through Express Entry and the majority of PNPs.
4. Immigration Hack #1: Temporary Working Visa
The temporary working visa, also known as a temporary foreign work permit, only permits you to stay and work in Canada for a little time—usually a couple of years—unlike the preceding programs.
You might get your temporary work permit in as short as six months, depending on your training, employment history, and industry.
You are eligible to apply for a permanent residency through any programs that are offered once you have at least six months of work experience in Canada. The Canadian Experience Class is your best choice, but you’ll need at least a year’s worth of work experience in the nation to qualify.
5. Immigration Hack #2: Student Visa
You don’t need to be a competent worker to enter Canada quickly. A study permit is another option.
You must first be admitted to one of the reputed universities before you may travel to Canada as a student.
You can start the application procedure on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website as soon as you get a letter of acceptance from one of them.
Once you’ve arrived in Canada as a student, you have a few options if you decide you want to stay. As long as you are qualified, you can apply for permanent residency using any of the offered programs.
Additionally, you can apply for a post-graduate work permit. This is a short-term work permit designed especially for foreign students attending Canadian universities.
Through this program, you are permitted to remain and work for up to three years after graduating. If you decide that you want to stay in Canada during this time, you can apply for permanent residency.
In fact, your chances of getting accepted will likely be higher than they would be if you applied right away after graduating.