Canada’s immigration system is truly a world leader.
Canada welcomes more than 300,000 immigrants every year, which marks a 1%-growth of country’s population annually. Immigrants come to Canada under three immigration categories – economic immigration, family reunification (sponsorship) and humanitarian considerations (asylum seekers and refugees).
In addition, millions of people come to Canada to visit, work, or study temporarily.
Express Entry is an e-system which operates the profiles of candidates for three federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class.
Provincial Nominee Programs: Canadian provinces and territories (except Quebec) have their own immigration programs, which often have “softened” requirements compared to federal programs.
Regional Immigration Programs: there are two programs for immigration to certain regions of Canada – Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.
Sector-Specific Immigration Programs: Canada has recently announced the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.
Quebec Immigration: The Province of Quebec has its own special immigration system.
Business Programs: Foreign entrepreneurs can become permanent residents of Canada and launch their business here.
Caregiver Programs: Individuals with Canadian work experience as a home child care provider, or home support worker, can become permanents residents of Canada.
Family immigration programs (Sponsorship)
Family Class Immigration: Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor their spouses or common-law partners, dependent children, parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada.
Humanitarian considerations (Refugee System)
Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Refugee status is not a free ticket to Canada. The Canadian refugee system is not for those who are looking for a better life. It is designed to protect those who can prove that they face persecution or the threat of life in their home country.