There’s no better time to start your move to Canada for 2023 than right now! As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, moving across the world doesn’t happen overnight, it takes planning and time.
Now would be the best time to learn how to immigrate to Canada in 2023 because the Canadian government has a goal of inviting 465,000 new immigrants as permanent residents and by preparing ahead you can increase your chances of being one of them.
Let’s have a look at how you and your family can live in one of the best countries in the world!
How to Move in Canada in 2023
Canada is a big believer in immigration and therefore has over 100 visa and immigration programs to allow immigrants from all over the world to work and live in Canada. Of these many programs, Canada has five top programs that will have you living in Canada as a permanent resident.
They are as follows:
If you haven’t heard of Canada’s famous Express Entry yet, then you’re missing out as it is one of the top ways to immigrate to Canada as a foreign skilled worker. Express Entry, which started in 2019, is an online system. This makes it accessible to everyone from all over the world.
The Express Entry system is already responsible for inviting over 11,000 people in January and February alone. This will be done through the three federal economic programs run through the Express Entry:
So, how does Express Entry work?
You would need to determine if you meet the Express Entry requirements, if successful you’ll need to create an online profile. After this, you’ll then be placed into the Express Entry pool, along with other eligible candidates. You’ll also be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which ultimately determines if you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA). An ITA means you have the chance to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
How to receive a good CRS score
Your total CRS score is made up of two sections. The core set of points is a total of 600 and the additional set of points of 600 points. This makes the maximum score 1,200 points.
Core: 600 points
- Skills and experience factors;
- Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education; and
- Skills transferability, including education and work experience.
Additional: 600 points
- Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates;
- A valid job offer;
- A nomination from a province or territory;
- A brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident; and
- Strong French language skills.
Express Entry candidate profiles can remain active and rank against other candidates for up to 12 months. The higher you score, the more likely you are to also receive your results faster.
- The CRS score is broken into four sections:
|Criteria||Maximum Points Awarded (with Spouse)||Maximum Points Awarded (without Spouse)|
|Official Language Proficiency||150||160|
|Canadian Work Experience||70||80|
|Section B (Spouse or Common-law Partner)|
|Criteria||Maximum Points Awarded|
|Official Language Proficiency||20|
|Canadian Work Experience||10|
|Education||Maximum Points Awarded|
|Good language proficiency + a post-secondary degree||50|
|Canadian work experience + a post-secondary degree||50|
|Foreign Work Experience||Maximum Points Awarded|
|Good language proficiency + a post-secondary degree||50|
|Canadian work experience + a post-secondary degree||50|
|Certificate of Qualification (trades occupations)||Maximum Points Awarded|
|Good language proficiency + a post-secondary certificate of qualification||50|
|Criteria||Maximum Points Awarded|
|Sibling living in Canada||15|
|French Language Proficiency||30|
|Post-secondary Education in Canada||30|
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is yet another great way to move to Canada. In order to address the labour needs in each province of Canada, the government and local provinces have an agreement. The agreement allows the local provinces to nominate eligible foreign skilled workers, such as yourself, to live and work permanently in Canada.
There are many advantages to the PNP. They include:
- You would be moving to Canada with a job offer in hand;
- You’ll arrive in Canada with permanent residency;
- Certain PNP streams processing time can be done as short as 4 months;
Here are the 11 Provincial Nomination Programs in Canada:
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
- Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
- Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
How to apply for a Provincial Nomination?
Applying for a provincial nomination can go two ways. You could apply directly via a paper application or the Express Entry system. It’s good to know that applying directly will have additional costs because you’ll be using mail or courier services and it will take approximately 15 to 19 months to find out the results of your application.
However, if you go via the Express Entry system your processing time will be much faster and you’ll have two ways to apply. Either through expressing interest through your Express Entry profile or by applying through a Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream.
Regardless of the method, you choose to apply for a nomination through, a good tip would be to always apply to a province in Canada where your occupation or skill is in-demand. Doing so will increase your chances of receiving an ITA and immigrating to Canada in 2023.
Family sponsorship is definitely one of the simple ways to immigrate to Canada and allows a family member residing in Canada to sponsor a relative in another country to immigrate to Canada. If you are a Canadian citizen and don’t live in Canada, you won’t be able to sponsor someone to move to Canada. Here are the four streams within this program:
Spousal and common-law partner sponsorship
This stream allows the sponsor (who is a permanent Canadian citizen) to sponsor their spouse or partner for permanent residency in Canada, whether they are currently in Canada or not.
Parents and grandparents sponsorship
This stream is limited to 10,000 people as that is the amount that the IRCC invites per year. Applicants can sponsor their parents or grandparents to move to Canada, however, they will have the financial responsibility on their shoulders.
The government doesn’t offer financial assistance for this program.
Dependent child sponsorship
If the children receive approval from the IRCC, biological or adopted, the sponsorship will apply to them. Children qualify as dependents if they’re under 22 years old and don’t have a spouse.
Orphaned family members and siblings
If you have a brother, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild that is orphaned, you will be allowed to sponsor them if you are residing in Canada. Other options are to sponsor one relative (brother, sister, nephew, niece, aunt or uncle) of any age if you don’t have a closer living relative such as your spouse, dependent children, parents, and grandparents.
Who Is Eligible to Sponsor?
You can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child if:
- you are 18 years or older.
- You’re a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act
- If you’re a Canadian citizen living outside Canada, you must show that you plan to live in Canada when the persons you want to sponsor become permanent residents.
- You’re able to prove that you’re not receiving social assistance for reasons other than a disability
- you can provide for the basic needs of any persons you want to sponsor
As a sponsor you will need to make a promise that you’re able to take care of the person you’re sponsoring financially, this promise is known as an undertaking. The undertaking commits you to:
- provide financial support when your family members become permanent residents; and
- repay any provincial social assistance your sponsored family might have received during that period.
There’s also the sponsorship agreement which is a document stating that you and your sponsored family members agree that:
- you as a sponsor providing for the basic needs of sponsored family members, and
- the person being sponsored will make effort to support themselves and their family members
The length of the undertaking depends on the age of the person you sponsor, the relationship to you and where you live. Below is a table demonstrating the period of each sponsor type.
|Length of undertaking for all provinces except Quebec|
|Person you sponsor||Length|
|Spouse, common-law partner or conjugal partner||3 years|
|Dependent child (biological or adopted) or child to be adopted in Canada under 22 years of age||10 years, or until age 25, whichever comes first|
|Dependent child 22 years of age or older||3 years|
The entire application process for the Family Sponsorship takes around 12 months but can be longer depending on the country you’re immigrating from.
Did You Know?
Spouses can work in Canada under Sponsorship Programs
This is yet another advantage of the family sponsorship program because it’s designed to allow spouses to work in Canada while waiting for their applications to be finalized. However, this part of the program is only for individuals who are already living in Canada under a temporary visa.
Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)
The AIP was specifically designed for Canada’s four Atlantic provinces. The main aim of this program is to assist Canadian employers with finding skilled or qualified foreign nationals who were able to close gaps in the market where they couldn’t fill them locally. This program enables skilled workers to immigrate to one out of four provinces:
- New Brunswick;
- Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Prince Edward Island; and
- Nova Scotia.
There are three programs within the AIP:
- Atlantic High-skilled Program;
- Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program; and
- Atlantic International Graduate Program.
Home Care Provider Pilots
In order to qualify for the Home Care Provider Pilots, you’ll need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. You’ll also need a one year post-secondary education credential. There are two types of home care provider pilots.
Types of Home Care Provider Pilots
Home Support Worker Provider Pilot (NOC 44101)
- Family caregiver
- Home support worker
- Personal care attendant
- Respite worker
- Home visitor
- At-home attendant for persons with disabilities
- Live-in caregiver for seniors
- Personal aide
Home Child Care Provider Pilot (NOC 44100)
- Au pair
- Live-in child caregiver
- Private home child caregiver
- Parent’s helper
What is the maximum age for foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada?
There is no set age limit requirement for any Canadian immigration program. Although, applicants between the ages of 25-35 receive the maximum amount of points. This in no way means that older applicants can’t be selected. Having enough work experience, connections to Canada such as relatives, high language proficiency, and advanced education or the equivalent of Canadian education can easily make up for any points lost for age in the economic immigration process.
Family sponsorship, humanitarian and refugee immigration to Canada don’t use a ranking system so age will not influence the immigration process.
Can I bring my family to Canada?
Absolutely! Some immigration programs allow foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada with their family members. The family members who are able to accompany the individual immigrating will depend on the immigration program of choice. Those immigrating through Canada’s Express Entry system can include their spouse and dependent children on the application, but their parents will not be included in this option. Canada specifically has the family sponsorship program enabling Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, and parents/grandparents.
What is the difference between a Canadian citizen and a permanent resident?
A Canadian citizen is an individual that was born in Canada. They have rights and privileges such as access to healthcare, social services, and support from the law. A Canadian citizen is allowed to live, work, and study, anywhere in Canada, as well as to vote in Canadian elections.
A permanent resident is an individual that comes from another country that has permission to live in Canada as a resident. Permanent residents are allowed to work and live anywhere in the country. They also have a number of benefits such as access to social services and healthcare, the right to live, work, and study anywhere in Canada, and be protected under Canadian law. Permanent residents are not allowed to vote in the Canadian elections
Can you become a caregiver without post-secondary education?
Yes, you can. If you have past experience or training in-home care support or child care you will be considered, however, you will need to complete a year of post-secondary school education in Canada in order to officially work there.
What are the top occupations in-demand in Canada?
Canada has many jobs to offer that require high skills or low skills. Canada's in-demand occupations range from engineers to electricians and more.
Which city has the most job opportunities in Canada?
Vancouver, British Columbia has a fast-growing economy and is one of the world’s wealthiest, cultured and more diverse cities in Canada. This means there are many jobs available across several different fields. Toronto also has the biggest population of immigrants in Canada and is a great city to find jobs.
How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada
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