10 Ways to Immigrate to Canada
There’s more than one way to immigrate to Canada.
Are you coming to Canada to work, invest, or start a business? Do you want to go to school or learn a language? Do you have family in Canada?
Find the immigration path that’s best for you.
Here’s an outline of Canada’s immigration programs:
IF YOU ARE A… CONSIDER APPLYING TO IMMIGRATE AS A… Skilled worker or professional Federal Skilled Worker or Provincial Nominee
Skilled tradesperson Federal Skilled Trades person
Person with a confirmed job offer or you have a job that does not require a work permit Temporary Foreign Worker
Experienced entrepreneur or investor Start-Up Visa
Person with experience working or studying in Canada Canadian Experience Class candidate
Relative of a family member living in Canada Sponsored Family Member
Self-employed individual with experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management Self-Employed Person
Refugee seeking protection Refugee
Each of these programs has strict requirements and its own application process. Click the links above to learn more about what’s involved.
Whether or not you qualify under a federal immigration program, you may qualify — or qualify more quickly — under a Provincial Nominee Program, which enables immigrants with certain skills to settle in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, or other Canadian provinces.
While many people are able to apply on their own, some find it easier to get help from a qualified immigration consultant or lawyer. Living Abroad in Canada offers a free immigration referral service that can put you in touch with an expert who can help you.
Have you immigrated to Canada under one of these programs? Share your story in the comments.
Updated July 2013.
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