Canada is one of the few developed countries in the world to have a consistent and liberal immigration policy. It has successfully supported the dreams of thousands of skilled migrants and their families to work and settle in Canada permanently.
The latest study by Statistics Canada found more immigrants with Canadian work and study experience gain permanent residence easily. However, this is not to suggest that interested applicants without any experience in Canada cannot obtain the status of a permanent resident.
A two-step immigration process can be understood as arriving in Canada as a student or a skilled worker, and later becoming a permanent resident. This is possible under programs like Canadian Experience Class (CEC), various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). If stats were to be believed, nearly 46% of temporary foreign workers obtained permanent residence with the help of PNPs. The same stood at 20% for candidates under the CEC. In recent times, Canada has also modified the conduct of Express Entry draws to suit the needs of temporary skilled workers in Canada or workers outside Canada with suitable Canadian experience.
Canada focuses on welcoming international students
Canada is a busy destination welcoming nearly 640,000 students and supporting some 170,000 jobs every year. Although the current pandemic has slowed down the staggering intake numbers, Canada has innovated its study abroad prospects with the introduction of new measures to fast-track study permits in Canada.
For instance, students can now get pre-approval for their study permits so that they can begin their Canadian programs online even without travelling to the country. Also, the total time that students spend online on the study will be counted towards their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. The PGWP is an important eligibility factor to consider while applying for Canadian permanent residency.
Permanent Residency without Canadian work or study experience
Those lacking Canadian work experience or study experience in Canada need not worry as there are other popular options available for them to obtain permanent residence in Canada. The Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP), the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP), other Express Entry linked Provincial Nomination Programs and various Provincial Business Investors/Entrepreneur streams offer a chance to apply for permanent residency.