Over the last ten years, Canada has become one of the most preferred location to migrate to in the world and what has made it so popular is the Permanent Residency(PR) status in Canada. It is allotted to the candidate for five year’s timeframe and is a family visa with benefits like healthcare, free education and right to stay, live and work in Canada that makes it one of the lucrative visas in the world. Please note that the PR status of Canada and Canadian citizenship are two different things and after living in Canada for a minimum period of three years, a candidate is eligible for the citizenship of Canada.
Out of all these three ways of attaining the Permanent Residency (PR) Status the most convenient and the fastest way of immigration to Canada is Express Entry Program which got introduced in January 2015 as an initiative to bridge the gap of skilled work force in Canada and increase employment.
The best ways to apply for a Permanent Residency (PR) Status in Canada?
The immigration to Canada is done through point measurements eligibility and for this you need to apply through one of three main and popular programs for immigration – Express entry program, Quebec Skilled workers program (QSWP) and Provincial Nominee Program( PNP)
Express Entry program
This is a program for the skilled candidates and it is one of the most popular and fastest way to migrate to Canada. Introduced in January, 2015 this mode of immigration allows the candidate to migrate to Canada after the eligibility on the points measurement is met and the points are calculated with the help of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool in which the parameters of points calculations are Age, Language Proficiency, Education and Work Experience. Filling and submitting the application through the Express Entry Program is completely free of cost. There are three main streams under the Express Entry Program for immigration:
- Federal Skilled Workers
- Federal Skilled Traders Program
- Canadian Experience Class
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
This is program for the candidates whose application is reviewed by the province under two main ideas firstly, that you meet the eligibility criteria for Permanent Residency (PR) status in that particular province and secondly, your occupation should in–demand in that province. Generally, a candidate needs to apply directly to that province under the Provincial Nominee Program but at times in the express entry program form the preference for that province can be filled. The province can pick a candidate from Express Entry Program if the minimum eligibility criteria is met, this mode is generally followed by the province of Ontario which asks for a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 400.
Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)
Quebec region selects the candidate based on its market requirement and occupation in demand. For QSWP the candidate needs to apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (CSQ) and after the Quebec region approves your application then the approval is sought from the federal government.
Requirements for The Permanent Residency (PR) status of Canada
The only important requirement for the Permanent Residency (PR) status of Canada is to meet the e eligibility for the PR status after which the candidate can lawfully immigrate to Canada. The eligibility criteria are based on the valuation of points based on the personal information. The criteria of eligibility are different for the Express Entry Program and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) but the standard guidelines are the same in both the entries. The points are calculated on the following premises.:
- Age – There is no specific age limit for immigrating to Canada but having an age of 18 to 35 years allots maximum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points to the candidate
- Language Proficiency – It is important for the candidate to undertake IELTS examination before the immigration and high score in IELTS can lead to high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Further, the knowledge of French language can add extra points to the application of the candidate.
- Education – Having a high education can help the candidate secure high Comprehensive Ranking system (CRS) points
- Work Experience – Being skilled can not only help the candidate to settle in Canada but also help him/ her migrate to Canada as the country requires minimum one-year experience in full time continuous employment from the candidate. Having high experience means having high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
- Adaptability- Having a sibling or spouse already settled in Canada is of added advantage and can help the candidate avail extra points at the time of immigration.
How Long does it take to immigrate to Canada?
There is a lot of screening involved before migrating to any country with respect to employment, medical condition and police verification, which requires sufficient amount of time from the candidate but thanks to the introduction of Express Entry Program recently introduced in 2015 by the Government of Canada the screening time of the application has reduced to 6 to 12 months. There have been candidates who have migrated to Canada in 6 month’s time as well with the help of the Express Entry Program
After the completion of the eligibility criteria and receiving the ITA (Invitation to Apply) by the IRCC (Immigration Refugee Citizenship Canada) the processing through the embassy will be initiated and you will have to submit an appropriately filled PR application and pay the fee for the same and get ready with your medical and police verification for the immigration.
The process of immigration to Canada can become smooth and hassle free if the candidate hires a good and reputable immigration service to represent its candidature. The processing of the application when done with the help of immigration experts can help the candidate choose the best option for immigration based on his / her credentials and make the immigration process hassle free along with eliminating the risk of rejection of the application of the candidate. A smart candidate will always choose his options wisely.
Having a reputable and best immigration service, which has enough experience in the field might be advantageous for you as a candidate cause then your immigration processing will be hassle free and it will also help you choose the best options based on your credentials. The best immigration service in the industry will guide you as a mentor and support you during the most crucial decision of your time.