5 ways to migrate to Canada


A booming economy, high standards of living, multiplicity of cultures, and better career opportunities are among the top reasons why people migrate. People from around the world send in their applications for a work opportunity and a subsequent permanent residency. This increase in demand for quality living is scrutinized so that the best applicants are selected. Relocating to a developed country has its perks. Here are a few ways to migrate to one such country, i.e., Canada.

Free trade agreements
A free trade agreement lets two countries enter a contract wherein they allow their citizens to relocate internationally and obtain a new residency based on their work permit. For example, if your company head office is in the United States but also has an international branch anywhere in Canada, then you can relocate under your organization’s cover and apply for residency. Earlier, this free trade visa was issued by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) now allows citizens of the United States and Mexico to explore immigration opportunities. Note that American and Mexican citizens do not require a temporary visa to enter Canada.

Express visa
Some work permits can take time and come with their own set of limitations. Many who qualify for the job may still not be eligible due to immigration laws. Alternatively, your move to Canada can be facilitated by the express visa system. You can apply online and expect a visa within six months of application. Once your profile has been registered, your application is automatically entered into the Express Entry (EE) pool. Note that you must choose from one of the three federal immigration programs for a permanent resident visa. These include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. Your application will be processed based on your work experience, education level, skills, language abilities, and age, among other factors.

Special nomination
If you possess certain special skills, advanced education, or work experience that benefit the economy of a specific Canadian province, then the government may offer you a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for entry into Canada. Each region has a different PNP program that meets that province’s economic needs (demographics also play a crucial role in this.) Based on the available criteria, the Canadian government allows skilled workers to immigrate to one of 13 provinces and territories between Alberta and Yukon. There are about 80 different economic nomination programs available, but the PNP program is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to move to Canada. After you choose an appropriate province, the next step is to determine the eligibility requirements. Upon successful application, you will be issued a certificate that permits your subsequent application for permanent residence in Canada.

International work holiday
International work holidays are a great way to gain professional work experience from developed countries like Canada and the United States. There are many programs that allow skilled workers and trained professionals to migrate to and work in a different country for a short-term residency. Alternatively, even representatives of a recognized organization can apply for this temporary work permit and residency. Post a work holiday, you can apply for a work permit with a reputed organization. You can then apply for residency in that particular country if your employer is willing to retain you permanently. In this way, you can convert a temporary internship or work opportunity into something permanent.

Spousal sponsorship
Marrying a Canadian citizen can fast-track your application to move to Canada. This allows international immigrants to marry Canadians and eventually apply for permanent residence. It is one of the quickest and simplest methods to secure a permanent move, with the marriage laying the foundation for immigration. There are many legal ways to explore this opportunity.

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