Over the past 30 years the Canadian Government has had the highest annual quotas of legal immigration of all developed countries, granting an average of 240,000 – 260,000 permanent resident visas each year.
For the past several decades Canada has enjoyed the biggest and most accessible immigration program, open to a variety of qualified applicants from all over the world. In its constant pursuit of the best and most qualified professionals, academics, skilled trades people, and businessmen, the Canadian Government is trying to offer the best and most flexible options of quality of life.
The Canadian immigration system offers a very wide of immigration programs, for different applicants with different profiles and qualifications – there is an option for everyone – which leads to the acquirement of the Canadian permanent resident status.
In sharp contrast to other countries that are exploring the different possibilities to exploit the desperation caused by the current economic climate, the Canadian Government and society are looking for ways to attract the most qualified individuals, offering them the best options to enjoy a better long-term future. Indeed, although there are many and very diverse temporary job opportunities, the focus of the Canadian Government is to create an economic, cultural and social climate in which people prefer to stay in Canada as permanent residents, allowing them to take advantage of the incredible opportunity of acquiring Canadian citizenship and a Canadian passport.
Contrary to what happens in the large majority of developed countries, obtaining a work permit is neither a central nor an indispensable requisite for qualifying for a permanent resident visa. As a matter of fact, the large majority of the various Canadian immigration programs do not require you to have a job offer. This is one of the most frequent misconceptions of most people contemplating the possibility of living in Canada.
The reality is completely different; over the past 30 years the Canadian Government has had the highest annual quotas of legal immigration of all developed countries, granting an average of 240,000 – 260,000 permanent resident visas each year.
In 2017, Canada will welcome 300,000 new permanent residents into Canada. This plan supports the government’s economic growth strategy by addressing labor and skills shortages, reuniting families sooner and reducing backlogs. The plan features the highest planned level of admissions in recent history.
Canadian Immigration Programs
The Canadian immigration system offers a very wide of immigration programs, for different applicants with different profiles and qualifications – there is an option for everyone – which lead to the acquirement of the Canadian permanent resident status
Economic permanent residence immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Workers (for people with skilled professional work experience)
- Federal Skilled Trades (for people with experience in skilled manual work)
- Canadian Experience Class (for people with in-Canada skilled professional work experience)
- Quebec Skilled Workers (for people with skilled work experience who want to live in the province of Quebec)
- Provincial Nominees (for people who want to go to a specific province)
Business permanent residence immigration programs:
- Self-Employed (for people who want to be self-employed in agriculture, sports, or the arts)
- Entrepreneur (for people who have experience in owning/managing business)
- Investor (for people who have an entrepreneurial background and are willing to invest)
Family Sponsorship permanent residence immigration programs:
- Dependent Child
- Parents and grandparent
It is very important to note that most of these programs do not have a mandatory requirement for the applicant to be working in Canada or to have a job offer, in order to be able to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence status. To learn more about the specific requirements of the Canadian immigration programs please refer to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp