Immigration Visas

Professionals and skilled workers who wish to pursue permanent residence in Canada must demonstrate a strong likelihood to become economically settled in Canada. This is why the main selection factors of all economic programs are suitable education, work experience in a high-demand occupation and language abilities under one of Canada’s official languages.


Express Entry for Skilled Immigration

Skilled immigrant applicants can use Canada’s Express Entry system to become permanent residents of Canada. The Express Entry system manages skilled immigration applications and accepts the applications of those who are most likely to successfully settle in Canada and contribute to Canada’s economy.

Skilled Worker Immigration

The Federal Skilled Worker program uses its own points system according to various factors. It is designed to show if the applicant and dependents will successfully establish in Canada. Ideal applicants will possess skills and experience compatible with in-demand occupations. The selection rules favour applicants with government-approved job offers.

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Federal Skilled Trades Program

Trade certification in Canada falls under provincial jurisdiction. Each province outlines which professions will be regulated and establishes regulatory bodies where applicable. Provincial certification is often difficult to obtain from outside Canada and accordingly, this program will be most beneficial to tradespeople who obtain an approved offer of employment from a recognized employer, or who are already working in Canada as temporary foreign workers. Not all trades are regulated in all of the provinces. Where a trade is not regulated, an offer of employment becomes mandatory.

The Canada Experience Class

Individuals who have worked in Canada and who wish to settle permanently in Canada with their accompanying dependents may qualify to apply for Permanent Residence under the Canadian Experience Class. Canada Experience Class program recognizes the benefits to Canada by candidates who have spent significant amounts of time pursuing their studies and working careers in Canada. It recognizes their contributions to the Canadian economy and the creation of strong links to Canadian society. This strengthens the permanent residence programs to Canada.

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Provincial Nominee Immigration

Under a shared jurisdiction between Ottawa and the provinces, Canada operates a two-tiered immigration system, offering programs for skilled workers, at both federal and provincial levels. Through a network of Nominee Programs, almost all of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories can nominate skilled worker candidates for admission to Canada with the specific skills required by their local economies. Successful candidates who receive a provincial or territorial nomination can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through federal immigration authorities. This is an important component of all provincial programs.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

After they receive a job offer from a designated employer, applicants under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot need to get a settlement plan. A full list of settlement service provider organizations for candidates applying from either inside or outside Canada is included below. An employer may guide a candidate on which organization to choose. During the assessment, the organization will ask questions of a candidate and their family. This could happen in-person, online, or on the phone. The organization will then provide the candidate with a personalized settlement plan.


Quebec Immigration

The province of Quebec administers its own immigration programs with selection criteria that are distinct from those of federal and other provincial immigration programs. The Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MIDI) selects candidates considered most likely to successfully settle in the French-speaking province.

(A)Quebec Skilled Worker – The Province of Quebec administers its own immigration programs with selection criteria that are distinct and more predictable from those of federal and other provincial immigration programs.

(B)Quebec Business Immigration – The Quebec government selects business’s people, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals wishing to become Canadian permanent residents and settle in the province. Following the acceptance of their application, successful candidates will receive a Certificate of Selection of Quebec (CSQ) and will be able to submit a permanent residence application to the federal government.

(C) Quebec Experience Program (PEQ)- The Quebec Government encourages foreign workers working in Quebec and international students completing a program of post-secondary studies in Quebec, to permanently remain in the province.