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10 Ways to Immigrate to Canada

Submitted by on May 31, 2011 – 6:05 am4 Comments

Face with Canadian FlagThe­re’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 :

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


Student Student


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.

Have you immi­gra­ted to Cana­da under one of these pro­grams ? Share your sto­ry in the comments.

Upda­ted July 2013.

Pho­to by sfl­law (fli­ckr)


  • nabil arioui says:

    salut j’ais un diplome de cuisinier2005 et l’éxpérionce de 5ans et baca­lau­reat 2003 LA NATIONALITé maro­cain et ce que je peux trouvé un chance dimi­gra­tion a cana­da par ce que il ya quel­qu’un isi qui ma dit j’ai une avo­cat il faux chargé votre dosé 17.000dh plus 3.OOOdh pour le birau dimi­gra­tion cana­dian et ce que c’est exacte le repanse slt mesieu ?

  • A.K.M.Sharifuzzaman says:

    This sha­ri­fuz­za­man i want to find job in Cana­da and want to live in Cana­da if there any scope pls told me how ? 

    Thanks and regards


  • Zhu says:

    Good refe­rence sheet !

    I immi­gra­ted under the spon­sor pro­gram. I might have qua­li­fied under the Que­bec skilled wor­ker pro­gram but at the time, I was 21 and lacked rele­vant work expe­rience. So we went with the other way, the sponsorship.

    • mayte says:

      Hola Zhu como conse­guiste entrar en el pro­gra­ma de patro­ci­nio ? en que area vives en Que­bec o la parte inglesa ?