How can I immigrate to Canada from India?
There are a range of immigration programs if you wish to immigrate to Canada from India. You can apply for PR Visa or Provisional Residency Visa through these programs. The chief among them are:
- Federal Express Entry System
- Provincial Nominee Programs
- Quebec Skilled Workers Program
Majority of the immigration programs of Canada are based on points. The applicants must ensure that they fulfil the eligibility requirements of these programs. They must score adequate points based on diverse factors of their profile. This includes Language Proficiency, Work Experience, Education, and others. Only then they can qualify for a specific immigration program or system.
What are the Requirements to Immigrate to Canada?
Immigration to Canada has 6 major streams. These are:
· Federal Skilled Worker Program
· Provincial Nominee Program
· Quebec Skilled Worker Program
· Business Immigrant
· Canada Experience Class
· Family Sponsorship
Each stream caters to a diverse group of immigrants and has unique eligibility requirements. Here we will consider the requirements for the FSWP:
You must possess a minimum of 1 year of work experience that is full time and continuous. This is out of the last 10 years prior to your submission of PR application. Equivalent continuous part-time work will also qualify. This must be in the Skill Type B, A, or 0 in the Canada NOC – National Occupational Classification.
You must demonstrate that you possess language proficiency of minimum CLB 7 – Canadian Language Benchmark. The test results must be from an organization that is designated by IRCC for language testing.
You must offer either an overseas educational credential or a Canadian educational credential. An Educational Credential Assessment – ECA Report must be offered from a designated agency. This is to prove that the overseas certificate/degree/diploma is on par with the Canadian credentials.
What is the minimum score for Immigration to Canada ?
The minimum points for basic eligibility for FSWP are 67 out of 100. Those who score below 67 will not qualify. It must be noted here that basic eligibility factors score and CRS score (Comprehensive Ranking System) are different.
All the qualified candidates must create a profile in the Express Entry System. ECA and IELTS score is mandatory for this. The profile is then offered ranking out of 1200 for diverse factors. This includes Work Experience, Language Proficiency, Education, Age, etc.
CIC holds regular draws from the Express Entry pool and specifies minimum CRS score for the draw. All the qualified candidates in the pool with scores above the specified CRS minimum score are offered an ITA. They can submit an application for Canada PR Visa. The CRS minimum score has remained at 450 and above so far in 2019.
I got overall band 5 in IELTS (General Training) and trying to get PR via consultancy. Am I eligible to migrate from India to Canada?
What is the process to apply for Canada PR through Express Entry program?
To apply for this program, you must submit an Expression of interest and qualify under the type of job mentioned under the Skill types. Based on your inputs your profile will be given points and you will have to score a minimum of 67 points to find a place in the applicant pool.
Officials from provinces and employers in Canada go to this pool to search for talent that will meet their needs. If you score high points you will get an invitation to apply for a permanent residency (PR). The number of invitations (ITAs) are however based on the Annual Immigration Level of the country.
Once you have a fair idea of the requirements for this program, you will first do an assessment to see if you have the necessary qualifications that meet the eligibility requirements. You will need to:
· Chalk out a plan of action to score adequate points in your low score areas
· Assess how best you can score these points to find a place in the applicant pool
How does the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) work?
Under this program Canadian provinces and territories nominate individuals for Canadian Permanent Residency. This program was created to help Canadian provinces attract international talent and solve their talent shortage crisis. The provinces are on the lookout for professionals with experience in technology, finance or education, marketing or healthcare.
With this program you have the option to apply to some of the best Canadian provinces which include:
· Prince Edward Island
· Nova Scotia
There are two options when filling an application through the PNP program-valid job offers from Canadian companies or through Express Entry.
You could qualify through the individual In-demand Occupation Lists of some provinces. You will get an invitation from the province if your occupation is on the list. You can then go for a Canada PR Visa application.
Apart from the mandatory documents, applicants for the PNP program must present their educational and professional credentials.
What are the application options for the Provisional Nominee Program (PNP)
There are two options when filling an application through the PNP program:
1. Through Express Entry
2. Non-Express Entry
There are 2 ways to apply:
You can apply for a nomination by contacting the province or territory and apply for a nomination under the Express Entry stream.
If you get a positive response from the province or territory to nominate you, you can create an Express Entry profile or update your profile if it already exists.
The other option is to create an Express Entry profile and indicate the provinces or territories you are interested in. If the province sends a ‘notification of interest’ you can then contact them and then apply through the Express Entry system.
You must meet the eligibility requirements for a successful outcome of your application.
Under this option you can apply to the province or territory for nomination under the non-Express Entry stream. If you meet the eligibility requirements and qualify through the individual In-demand Occupation Lists of some provinces, you will get a nomination from the province if your occupation is on the list. You can then apply for a Canada PR Visa.
You will now have to submit a paper application for your PR visa. The processing time is usually longer than through the Express Entry system.
1. Apply in the province or region where you desire to settle.
2. If your profile meets the eligibility criteria, you could be nominated by the province to apply for a PR visa.
3. Apply for your PR visa after you are nominated by a province.
The criteria for evaluating the PR application varies from province to province.
What are the eligibility requirements for the PNP program?
To apply under the PNP program you must meet the minimum requirements for the province’s non-Express Entry streams or must be nominated under that stream.
If you do not receive a nomination, then you must contact he province directly.
How can you choose the right immigration program for moving to Canada?
To choose the right immigration program, you must do your research to decide which one is right for you and more importantly which will ensure a greater chance of success in getting your PR visa. You must understand the application process of each program to help you choose the right immigration program.
This is where the help of an immigration consultant will be valuable. The consultant will help you with submitting your application on time so that you do not miss out on the deadlines or closing dates that will be a setback to your application success.
Can I still submit my WES application as part of my Canada permanent residence application?
Yes, you can apply online for WES open cases for the ITAs issued as part of the Express Entry draw held on March 23 in which 3,232 candidates were selected.
Is Canada immigration department processing PR applications?
Yes, the Canada immigration department is conducting Express Entry draws. The last draw was held on 23 March where 3232 candidates received ITAs. Apart from this the Canadian provinces are holding regular PNP draws. In fact, Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan held their PNP draws between March 26 to March 30.