The number of people moving to Canada is on the rise. With the processing time of permanent residence programs decreasing and a liberal government supporting immigrants, the future looks bright for those seeking to move to this promising country.
Here are some of the ways to live in Canada:
- Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program (IIVC) - This is an at-risk investment (non-guaranteed) of CDN $2 million into the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Fund for permanent residency in Canada. Proceeds will depend on the fund's performance and will be based on its gains or losses, including expenses and fees incurred to manage it. The investment needs to be for approximately 15 years and you need to have a net worth of at least CAD $10 million.
- You may be eligible for permanent residency in Canada if you invest CAD $800,000 in the Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). It will be used for projects to develop the Canadian economy and create jobs for five years. Your investment will be returned, without interest, about five years and three months after payment. You need to show that you have sufficient business experience and a net worth of at least C$1,6 million.
Through your family
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you are probably eligible for residency.
- If your adult child is a citizen or permanent resident of this country, you may apply for a parent residency visa.
- See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on your descent.
Skilled Visa Program
Canada has an Express Entry system to evaluate candidates for their Skilled Visa Program. Applicants must complete an online profile, and submit and expression of interest before applying for their visa. You can apply under 3 programs as follows:
- The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to apply based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
- The Federal Skilled Workers Program is for people who want to apply based on their experience and skills. Have a look at the National Occupational Classification (NOC) list to see if your occupation is listed and how it is
- The Canadian Experience Class where you need to have Canadian skilled work experience within three years of applying.
Start-up Visa Program
Canada's Start-up Visa Program is for entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build new and innovative businesses in Canada that will provide local jobs. To qualify, you need to get support for a designated list of organisations.
If you have experience and intend on buying and managing a farm in Canada or have the relevant experience to contribute to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, you may be eligible for this visa for self employed people
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
You may be eligible for a job and residency where there are labour gaps in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland and Labrador.
You can apply for a student permit if you intend on studying in designated learning institutions. Click here for the list.
Working Holiday Visa
International Experience Canada has agreements with 33 countries around the world enabling people between the ages of 18-30 or 18-35 the opportunity to travel and work in Canada.