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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?