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Choose from 120+ Economic-class Pathways to Immigrate to Canada

Canada offers about 120 immigration pathways

In 1967, Canada become the first developed country to introduce an objective points system to assess and invite foreign immigrants who could successfully integrate into the Canadian labour market.

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The program has evolved today into a number of additional Canadian immigration programs available for various sections of economic-class immigrants.

Economic immigrants are selected for their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy, including skilled workers, business immigrants, provincial and territorial nominees and live-in caregivers.

Today, Canada offers some 120 different economic class immigration streams which are managed by federal and provincial governments.

All economic-class aspirants are evaluated on basic human capital factors like age, education, work experience, proficiency in the official language. Those proficient in English have an inherent advantage of securing permanent residence in Canada.

Immigrate to Canada from U.A.E

In the list of the country of residence of most successful Canadian immigration candidates via Express Entry, the Emirates is ranked number five. This goes on to bust a popular myth that Canada is only attracting immigration aspirants from lower-income countries.

Although the Emirates boasts a high quality of life to its residents, yet many Emirati citizens, as well as foreign ex-pats, choose to permanently settle in Canada for a number of reasons. It includes:

  • a direst & easy pathway to permanent residence & eventually citizenship,
  • high-paying career opportunities for skilled and tech workers,
  • better social benefits like universal health care and high-quality education, and finally,
  • a pleasant climate

Here are some popular immigration pathways to consider:

Express Entry for Skilled Workers

An Express Entry is a popular immigration pathway for foreign skilled workers to apply without a job offer and obtain permanent residence in Canada. It is a system for maintaining a pool of interested candidates who wish to obtain permanent residency.

Such candidates must qualify under one of the three federal immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSTP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP).

In addition, any Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with a dedicated Express Entry immigration stream can make use of the Express Entry pool to nominate desirable candidates to apply for Canada PR.

On successful registration of your Express Entry profile, you are given a Comprehensive Ranking System score. Every fortnightly, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts a nomination draw in which the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.

Other Federal Immigration Programs

In order to address regional and occupational needs, IRCC operates programs like Atlantic Immigration Pilot and Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

Immigration to four Atlantic provinces of Canada, i.e. Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, or Nova Scotia is made easy with the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. IRCC looks to welcome over 6,000 immigrants per year through it.

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot find skilled workers who can help meet the labour market needs of Canada’s multi-billion dollar agriculture and agri-food industry. About 2,750 applications per year are welcomed.

Provincial Nominee Programs for economic-class immigration

The unique federal-provincial-territorial arrangement in Canada allows 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada to nominate economic-class immigrants including skilled workers, international students, business investors or entrepreneurs independently.

Tech workers, recent graduates are finding newer and better opportunities in Canada in view of visa curbs by the US.

Canadian provinces like British  Columbia, Ontario have dedicated immigration streams for Tech workers. Other provinces like Saskatchewan, Manitoba, News Brunswick, Prince Edward Islands are actively inviting economic-class immigrants.

Quebec Immigration

Quebec is a french-speaking dominant region and acquired a special status among other Canadian provinces. It handles its own immigration through Arrima system.

Although the process is a little slow, Quebec seeks to welcome over 25,000 economic class immigrants each year.

Between January and August, IRCC landed 222,000 new immigrants in Canada. It is seen as a good sign of recovery yet Canada is still short of its annual target of 401,000 new immigrants.

However, Canada can still achieve higher immigration levels for the following reasons:

  • IRCC held an unexpected and the largest Express Entry draw in its history on February 2021, resulting in 27,332 invitations to apply for permanent residence. We may see a repeat of history.
  • In May, IRCC launched six temporary immigration streams that will allow some 90,000 candidates currently living in Canada to transition to permanent residence. Such programs may re-open in near future.

Nonetheless, Canada still has the ability to compensate by increasing overall intakes in 2022 and 2023. By all means, Canada is open to the immigration of more foreign skilled workers and other economic-class candidates in near future.

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