Canada Immigration Policy
Besides the Family Sponsorship program, there are 3 other ways of immigrating to Canada namely,
(1) Investor program
(2) Start-up Visa program and
(3) Skilled Worker program.
Quebec is the only province that offers the Investor Program, but the program is suspended until 31/03/2021 so Canada investment immigration is currently not possible.
Start-up Visa Program
In order to attract more potential innovative entrepreneurs to start-up their business in Canada, the Canadian government has introduced a Start-up Visa Program with very appealing conditions. There is no entry limit to personal assets, the applicant is required to hold no less than 10% share of the start-up business. Furthermore, the applicant needs to send a proposal to a designated organisation for assessment. After approval, a letter of support has to be issued by the organisation. Applicants must obtain at least 5.0 in English or French in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test. Applicants must also have proof of funds to show that they have enough money to settle in Canada (1) CAD $12,960 for a single applicant and (2) CAD $16,135 for couples.
Skilled Worker Program
The Skilled Worker program is divided into 3 categories:
(1) The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
(2) The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
(3) Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Canada’s express entry score is calculated on a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Skilled worker applicants are chosen based on their skills and ability to contribute to Canada’s economy.
Applicants under Canada skilled immigration need to check their skills category in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) to ensure their skills are listed and in demand. For those who have at least one year full-time Canadian work experience or skilled worker experience, there is a possibility to be exempted from the certification exam. In addition to meeting all the education requirements, a score of 7 in CLB is needed for CEC and FSWP, whereas a score of 5 is needed for FSTP. In general, applicants should have job offers from Canadian employers in order to gain extra points to ensure a successful application. Jobs in high demand include nurses, pharmacists, truck drivers, welders, electricians, etc. Immigration policies are revised constantly so one must check regularly.
Living in Canada
Canada is a well-developed country with a good quality of life and an abundance of nature. The air and water quality are excellent, it has been rated multiple times as the most desirable country to live in. Chinese immigrants prefer big cities such as Vancouver and Toronto. The emphasis on multi-culturalism in Canada means the country’s population is made up of multiple nationalities across the world.
The country is also rich in natural resources and is self-sufficient in most food supplies. Social welfare is highly rated such as child benefits, employment insurance, social housing, medical care, retirement pension etc. All these benefits make Canada a desirable and worry-free country to live in. Permanent residents enjoy the same benefits as citizens apart from slightly differing rights and obligations, such as taxes.