Want to know about the Canada Immigration Program and steps involved in applying for the Canada Permanent Residency? I have covered all the points regarding the Canadian Immigration Process in 2023. If you read this post carefully that covers all the important points then you do not need to go to a consultant and pay a large amount of money. You can complete all these things on your own easily.
According to the Canada Immigration Plan, the Government of Canada aims to welcome 465,000 new permanent residents in 2023, 485,000 in 2024, and 500,000 in 2025. Most people want to know about the Canadian immigration process. Canadian Immigration applies on your profile, education, work experience, and English language proficiency. The step-by-step application process for the Canada Immigration Program is given below.
Okay, so there are 16 different types of Canadian immigration programs. But here in this post we will discuss the most common type “Express Entry Program.”
The Express Entry program is for skilled workers and is further divided into three types.
- Canadian Experience Class (For those who have Canadian work experience)
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (For those with foreign work experience)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (For those with Trade Experience)
For the Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker Program) applicants do not need to require a Job offer from Canada.
Step 1: Get your Canadian assessment (equivalence) of your Higher Education “WES”
WES evaluates academic credentials from schools and universities around the world and converts them to Canadian equivalents. Choose “World Education Services” (WES) because it is the fastest!
- The official website of WES: https://www.wes.org/
Step 2: Prepare and Give IELTS General
For the Express Entry, IELTS Academic will not be considered. You must opt for IELTS General. There are no Minimum requirements. The more bands you get, the higher points you will receive.
- The official website of IELTS: https://www.britishcouncil.pk/exam/ielts
Step 3: Work Experience (Within the last 10 years)
At least one year of work experience is required. The more experience you have, the more points you will receive.
Step 4: Police certificate
This step can be different for each country. You might need to get a Police clearance certificate.
Step 5: Enter the Express Entry Draw
Once you have your educational documents from the WES, IELTS result, and work experience, you are eligible to enter the Federal Skilled Workers Program draw under Express Entry.After every few months, they hold a draw. Where they send out “Invitations to Apply“. The last draw was held on August 15, 2023, in which they sent 4,300 invitations.
- Work experience
- Whether you have a valid job offer
- English or French language skills
- Adaptability (how well you’re likely to settle here)
Based on how well you do in each of the 6 factors, they will assign you an overall score out of 100. The current pass mark is 67 points.
Based on your current circumstances you can check your score from the official website: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp
Step 6: Medical Examination
Medical examination is mandatory (can be done before or after applying for PR). The Website for Medical Examination is: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/documents/medical-exams.html
Step 7: Apply for PR (Permanent Residence)
Once you receive the “Invitation to Apply“, you want to apply for Canada’s PR. There are a few steps required once you receive the Invitation to apply.
Step 7: Proof of Funds
You will need “proof of funds“. This is necessary because they want proof that you have enough funds to cover your initial expenses when you arrive in Canada.
The amount will depend on whether you are single, married, or have children.
You just have to show this amount and don’t have to pay. Cna be shown through a bank statement.
Proof of Funds is not Required if:
- are currently able to legally work in Canada
- have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada
Step 8: Fees for Permanent Residency
Once you are ready to apply online for the Express entry after receiving the invitation. You need to pay the Application Fee.
- For your application: $1,365
- Include your spouse: $1,365
- Include a dependent child: $230
Step 9: Processing Time
The Processing time varies by the program and by country. You can check the processing time on the official website. Currently, the applications are being processed in five months.
- Link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html
Step 10: Submit Your Passport at the Canadian Embassy
After your online application is approved, submit your passport to the nearest Canadian Embassy for the visa and get your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) a permanent resident visa.
Step 10: Land in Canada – Your Life is Changed
You will receive your PR in Canada.
Become a Canadian Citizen
To become a Canadian citizen, you need to stay in Canada for 3 out of 5 years.