Applications for Permanent Residency in Canada are managed through various Express Entry programs. These are:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Canada chooses skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in Canadian economy. Express Entry is a two-step process. The first step is to fill-in online Expression of Interest to enter a pool of candidates. Citizenship and Immigration Canada conduct draws throughout the year to invite the highest-ranking candidates to apply for permanent residence. For those who receive an Invitation to Apply, the second step is the application for permanent residence. Medical examination, security and criminal checks and access to sufficient funds to support yourself and your dependents after you arrive in Canada are also required.
Federal Skilled Worker Program: This path is for skilled foreign workers with at least 1 year of work experience within last 10 years in NOC (National Occupational Classification) O, A & B, a post-secondary qualification and good command in English or French. The application is assessed based on the selection factors once the candidate meets the conditions set out in the minimum requirements.
Federal Skilled Trade Program: This path is for skilled trades people to immigrate to Canada. This path is available to those who have a minimum 2 years of work experience in an accepted occupation in the last 5 years and a Certificate of Qualification or to those who have a job offer(s) from up to two Canadian employers that totals at least 1 year of full time work and minimum language requirements in English or French.
Canadian Experience Class: The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) allows temporary foreign workers with at least one year of full-time skilled work experience* (or an equal amount in part-time) in Canada, to apply for permanent residence in Canada. If you have worked more than one year in Canada as a skilled worker then we can assist you in getting permanent resident status in Canada
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): Most provinces in Canada have an agreement with the Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to settle in that province. As of January 2015, most of the provincial nominee programs have combined their programs with the Express Entry system and accept a portion of their applicants through that program. The province will consider application based on its immigration needs and genuine intention of the immigrant to settle there. After nomination by a province or territory a separate application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) must be made for permanent residence. A CIC officer will then assess the application based on Canadian immigration regulations.