The first step to immigration is know what moving to another country entails and then what would be the best path for you and your family.

Immigrating to Canada

There are several methods of immigrating to Canada; study permit, work permit, refugees and asylum, skilled workers, business, and more. Applicants should be aware of life in Canada and make the necessary preparations beforehand. These include having some language proficiency – English or French – and a financial plan to start a new life in a new country. Recent immigrants will have to prove they have enough capital if they are immigrating as a skilled worker or self-employed person. Canada uses express entry to manage permanent residence applications from skilled workers. Through this system, applicants are ranked with the highest rankings being invited. Furthermore, the federal government has implemented extensive services for individuals interested in living in Atlantic Canada. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot assists via a range of fields. The international graduate program allows individuals who have studied in one of the Atlantic provinces to apply for PR. The intermediate- and high-skilled programs are for individuals who have completed a certain number of hours working in the past 3 years.

Working in Canada

While working in Canada is the goal of many, the things to consider are plenty! In order to work in Canada, a work permit is required. It is important to know that a work permit allows the applicant to work in Canada and is not a visa for arrival. To enter Canada, a visa is also required. There are two types of work permits: Open work permit, and Employer-specific work permit. While an open work permit does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), an employer-specific work permit does. This is due to the fact that an open work permit is not restricted to a specific job like the employer-specific work permit. In other words, the Canada open work permit is not job-specific and allows the individual to work in other fields as well. In contrast, the employer-specific work permit is limited to the individual’s field and requires an LMIA in most cases along with a job offer. In many cases, the employers need an LMIA to be allowed to hire foreign temporary workers.

Studying in Canada

Education is another method of travelling to Canada. The study permit allows foreign individuals to study at a designated learning institute (DLI). DLI’s are approved schools by a provincial/territorial government to host international students. Applicants need to ensure that their DLI makes them eligible for a post-graduation work permit. The Post-Graduation Work Permit allows students who have completed their post-secondary studies to seek work for a specific period of time. The list of DLI’s can be found on the government website. The study permit however, is not a visa. A visa can be issued after the approval of the study permit. If students wish to change their status to a PR, they may be eligible to apply for the Canadian Experience Class. Furthermore, applicants must meet the required language levels in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.