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Know About Canada

With a history covering from the period of Paleo-Indian, present Canada is a culmination of Canada’s indigenous group, French and British traditions. Thanks to this multi-faceted cultural influence, it has become a favorite destination for immigrants. Its cosmopolitan cities offer a stable livelihood and are one of the safest countries to immigrate. Canada offers over 70 different immigration programs and visas. And it's the vibrancy of this country, the diversity in the landscapes, and the natural beauty that keeps attracting people, coming from all walks of life, who proudly call it their home.

Quick facts:

  • Capital: Ottawa

  • Major cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton

  • Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)

  • No. of Provinces and Union Territories (UTs): 10 Provinces and 3 UTs

  • Official Languages: English and French

  • Motto: A Mari Usque Ad Mare (Latin) [From Sea to Sea]

  • National Anthem: O Canada

  • Royal Anthem: God Save the Queen

  • Time Zones: UTC−3.5 to −8. Summer (DST): UTC−2.5 to −7

  • Climate: Most parts of Canada face harsh winter especially in the interior and Prairie region where the continental climate is usually experienced. The average temperature is near
    -15 °C and can drop below -40 °C with severe wind chills. While the coastal average high temperatures are in the low 20s °C, and occasionally the interior high temperature exceeds 40 °C.

 

Program

  • There are various programs offered by the Canadian Government under which you can apply for the immigration process. However, do note that these programs are dynamic and subject to change from time to time. At F-connect, we are dedicated to assisting you with choosing the most suitable program applicable to you. Some of the popular ones for migration are:

  • Through Express Entry Program

  • Through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

  • Through Quebec Selected Workers Program (QSWP)

  • Through Federal Skilled Program

  • Through Canadian Experience Class

  • As an Investor

  • As an Entrepreneur

  • For Family

 

Eligibility

Each program of the immigration process comes with its own set of eligibility, however, there are a few commonalities that are required to be eligible to apply. Canadian immigration officials use a point-based system to evaluate candidates on different criteria known as CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score where the maximum score is 1200. The applicants are typically assessed on:

  • Education background

  • Professional experience

  • IELTS score

  • If migrating to Quebec, then French language proficiency is also assessed

  • Reference and other legal documents

  • Canadian employment documents, if any.

 

ECA or Education Credential Assessment

If you have attended universities outside of Canada, then it is required to get a credential assessment to verify and validate a foreign degree, diploma, or certificate. This evaluation issues the Canadian University equivalence to your degree. There are different types of ECAs that are done, however, for the purpose of the application, it is important to get the evaluation done specifically done for immigration. In case, if the ECA done is not right then you will be requested to get it reissued. There are various designated authorities that do this procedure. The most popular ones are:

  • WES (World Education Services)

  • IQAS (International Qualifications Assessment Service)

  • ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service of Canada)

  • ICES (International Credential Evaluation Service)

 

IELTS

Educational verification and language proficiency makes up for phase 1 of visa processing for immigration. The Canadian immigration officials accept expertise in English or French for their evaluation. There is a range of tests whose scores are authorized by the officials. For English, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) are approved, while for French TEF Canada (Test d’évaluation de français) scores are required.

 

PR Visa Benefits

Applying for the PR Visa is a way to migrate to Canada and enjoy the promise of a great lifestyle and a plethora of job opportunities in a thriving economy. The PR Visa gives you the status and benefits of a permanent residence with a validity of five years subject to renewal. With this status, you are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Live, study and work in any Canadian Province or Union Territory

  • Eligibile for healthcare and social benefits as enjoyed by a Canadian citizen

  • Apply for Canadian citizenship in future

  • Protection under Canadian Law

 

Process Flow

The process to apply for Canada PR via any program can be divided into 3 phases. The details are as below:

Phase 1: Before starting the process, you need to have your educational credentials verified with a designated authority such as WES, IQAS, etc. It can take anywhere between 8-20 weeks depending on the authority you choose. The next step is to get the score report for your proficiency in English or French or both languages. With these two processes, along with your work experience, you can enter your profile in the pool which is the next phase. In total, it may take 3-4 months before you can enter the Visa process.

Phase 2: Here, you will enter the pool of interested applicants who are willing to immigrate to Canada. Your profile is created with IRCC which is valid for 12 months and details your Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Canadian immigration officials. It is during this phase that you can opt to enter in PNP in order to gain extra 600 points for ITA (Invitation to Apply).

Phase 3: Canada officials regularly do draws and send out invites or ITA to the eligible applicants based on their CRS. Once you receive an ITA, you have 90 days to complete the procedure of paying the application fees, getting biometrics, background check, and medical done. Once this is successfully done, the last step is to submit your passport for Visa stamping and you can be on your way to Canada in the next 6 months.

 

Express Entry

This is by far the most popular program used to enter the immigration process of Canada. The reason for its popularity is the transparency and the evaluation metrics. It has particularly made it easier for competent professionals to move to the country since the point system identifies applicants who have the highest chance of succeeding once they immigrate. The maximum score one can have is 1200 and it is calculated based on:

  • Age

  • Marital status

  • Educational level

  • Language proficiency

  • Canadian work experience

  • Foreign country work experience

  • Skill transferability

 

Additionally, if the candidate manages to get a nomination from the provinces through the PNP program, they earn additional 600 points. Also, candidates with Canadian job offers or blood relatives residing in Canada are eligible for additional points

 

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

This program differs from Province to Province as each of them has different eligibility criteria. With the exception of Quebec, all the provinces have their own nomination programs. In total there are more than 70 different nominee streams offered by the provinces. These nominations can help you gain 600 CRS points for your express entry application and also makes you eligible to directly apply with IRCC for the PR visa.

You can:

  • Directly apply with the Province you wish to immigrate

  • Get nominated by a Province and then apply for PR Visa through Express Entry, if your profile is eligible.

 

Federal Skilled Worker Program

This program is suitable for those with foreign work experience and who wishes to immigrate to Canada permanently. In order to be eligible for this program, one needs to meet the below requirements:

  • skilled work experience of at least continuous 1 year in the past 10 years.

  • proficient in English with a minimum score of CLB 7 in listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

  • verified education credential assessment.

 

You can enter the federal program by creating an Express Entry profile.

 

Canadian Experience Class Program

This one is appropriate for those who have Canadian work experience and are now looking to settle in Canada permanently. In order to be eligible for this program, one needs to meet the below requirements:

  • at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada, in the last 3 years. The experience needs to be full-time or at least an equal amount in part-time.

  • proficient in English with a minimum score of CLB 7 for NOC 0 or A jobs OR CLB 5 for NOC B jobs.

  • verified education credential assessment.

 

You can enter the program by creating an Express Entry profile.

 

Prepare for Canadian Way of Life

Canadians are some of the warmest people you will come across. They embrace different cultures and, in fact, multiculturism is in their ethos and national policy. As far as weather is concerned, you might be surprised with the harsh winters if you come from a mild or warm weather country but the warm summers definitely make up for it. If you have made the decision to move, it will help to get acquainted with the Canadian format of resume and office culture. Below are some tips that can help you with adjusting to your new life in Canada:

  • Always be punctual and value other’s time both professionally and socially.

  • Be considerate and respectful of the opposite sex during the conversation.

  • Resist asking personal questions like age, relationships, marital status, unless you are well-acquainted with a person.

  • Showing gratitude and appreciation is valued the most in Canada. Using “Thank you” and “Please” can help you make acquaintances.

 

Job Search

Even though it is not necessary to have a job offer in hand before immigrating to Canada, however, it does help to have an offer or some connections before landing in the country. Below are some tips that can help you with your job search:

  • Create a Canadian specific resume

  • Use your current network to find opportunities and continue networking and speaking to people

  • It helps to prepare responses for a few common interview questions

  • Utilize websites like LinkedIn, Indeed Canada to find suitable openings

 

At F-Connect, we help you with finding the right resource and help you with preparing for the interviews and creating resumes.

 

FAQs

1. Is there any maximum age limit for Canadian immigration?
A. There is no age limit specified by the Canadian government, however, after a certain age it would be difficult to meet the minimum 67 points criteria for the application. Calculating thus, the maximum age limit would be 46 years.

2. How to choose the right immigration program for the Canada PR process?
A. Research is the foremost thing you will have to do. More importantly, it is essential to know the procedure flow, process, and eligibility criteria for each program in order to choose the right program. It is in such scenarios where F-Connect consultants will be most useful. We look after every paperwork needed and research to be done in order to avoid missing deadlines.

3. Is there a minimum IELTS score needed?
A. 8777 (LRWS) is the desirable score for achieving maximum points, however, if you score lower than that, then one can opt for a suitable PNP or if they have a valid job offer.