Why move to Canada?
Canada is among the most popular countries in the world for immigrants and one of the leading G-7 nations. From July 2015 to June 2016, a total of 320,932 immigrants moved to Canada increasing the country’s population to 35.2 million. This is an overall increase of 1.7 million since 2011 and the strongest growth of all the G7 countries.
Canada Immigration – Why move to Canada?
The United Nations has ranked Canada as the best country in the world to live for five consecutive years. This is based on quality of life, job/ educational opportunities and unemployment/crime rates. Currently the country has one of the best health-care systems in the world, along with plenty of opportunities for students, excellent working conditions and some incredible natural scenery. If you’re lucky enough to become a permanent resident you can benefit from all the benefits granted to Canadian citizens such as Basic pension, subsidized lodging for low income individuals, Worker’s compensation, Unemployment insurance and protection under Canadian law.
Applying for Visas
Canada benefits greatly from qualified migrants who help boost their economy. Therefore they place a high value on attracting skilled professionals to their country.
There are over 60 different programs that you can apply for in order to gain entry to Canada. These range from student or tourist visas to skilled worker and family related Visas. The following factors will influence which visa you apply for:
- English language skills
- Whether you have family members already living in Canada
- Work experience
- Income and/or net worth
- Whether you have a job offer lined up
As of January 1, 2015, anyone looking to live and work in Canada on a permanent basis can apply for entry under the Express Entry Immigration program. This includes anyone applying as a Federal Skilled Worker. Applicants will need to create an express entry profile before completing an online form that asks questions based on the candidate’s skills, work experience and English language proficiency. The top ranking candidates will then be accepted into a pool before being invited to apply for permanent residency. If they are successful, they will then need to pass the federal skilled worker criteria test by achieving a score of at least 67 out of a possible 100.