How to Immigrate to Canada from China

Are you thinking about making a change? Have you been curious about immigrating to Canada but the process just seemed too daunting? With so many options to choose from, worrying about whether or not you have all the correct documentation, as well as not being sure if you meet the criteria of your chosen path, it can become quite a cumbersome task. But why not take a chance, as so many other successful candidates have, and allow us to do all the heavy lifting while you focus on the fun bits like choosing your destination and what to pack!

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's take a look at the process of how to immigrate to Canada from China, step by step, to ensure that we cover everything you need to know and all the reasons why you will not regret making Canada your new home.

What makes Canada such a great city to live in?

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Canada is known for its diverse population, welcoming over 250,000 newcomers annually. More and more Chinese residents are choosing to up and relocate, with more than 10,000 locals leaving China in 2017 alone. Although the US is still the number 1 choice of places to immigrate to for China’s top tier wealthy citizens, this may all change soon.

With trade wars between the U.S. and China and Trump’s new taxation on the horizon, there seems to be a hint of economic uncertainty in the air. This has prominently factored in the immigrant decision-making process, causing a swell of Chinese immigrants to flock to the U.S., for fear that immigration requirements may become more unfavourable for them, including a possible increase in the investment threshold.

However, Canada is not far behind the U.S., ranking as one of the most popular destinations for immigration among Chinese residents, and it’s no secret why. With a high standard of living including world-class healthcare and education systems, as well as its ever-growing diversity, why wouldn’t you consider making it your home and give your family the best that life has to offer?

Here are the top 5 reasons to relocate to Canada from China

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1. Education is of an extremely high standard, not to mention that public schooling is state-funded, meaning that it is free for permanent residents and citizens up until the end of high school. Tertiary institutions are also of the highest calibre, making Canada a fantastic option for those interested in furthering their education.

2. Multicultural - With more than 20 per cent of Canada’s population hailing from foreign countries, it has become one of the most diverse multicultural countries to live in. It's transformed into a blend of cultures, languages and religions, creating ease of adaptability and integration.

3. Diversification of Wealth - For those looking to invest, Canada offers a wealth of cost-effective options with remarkable investment value, particularly in the property sector.

4. Quality of Life is exceptionally high in Canada and has been ranked number one globally for 2 years running. For example, there are strict laws regarding food safety and it also offers, amongst other benefits, a taxpayer-funded Medicare system, which covers most medical services such as doctors and hospital visits.

5. Less Pollution - Levels of pollution are considerably lower than that of China. Air pollution in China has caused considerable health risks to its city-dwelling citizens, whereas provinces such as British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are ranked as having the cleanest air quality in Canada.

So now that we know that Canada is an amazing choice for you and your family, let's have a look at the immigration process, step by step.

Step 1: Choose Your Destination

There are a number of fantastic cities to choose from, each with their own characteristics and charm. Here are the top 5 choices among newcomers who choose to move to Canada:

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1. Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in Canada. With over 140 languages being spoken daily, it’s no surprise that more than half of its population are foreign-born residents. It is a vibrant city with an assortment of nightlife and restaurants to choose from.

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2. Vancouver is a thriving diverse urban hub surrounded by natural splendour, offering the best of both worlds. 44% of the population is represented by those of Chinese descent, followed by 24% of its residents originating from South Asia. The climate is mild and pleasant, making it the perfect city to delve into the outdoors.


3. Calgary is a mix of honky-tonk, natural beauty and urban cool. It is home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede, the magnificent Banff National Park, the grandeur of the Rocky mountains and a vivacious nightlife.

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4. Montreal is a culmination of all things French, embracing the arts, culinary delights and the good life. Old Town emanates Old European design through its 17th-century architecture and terraced cafes in cobblestone streets. It hosts over 50 National Historic sites and is home to The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

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5. Ottawa is a breathtaking combination of extensive wilderness and lush forests with over 250,000 lakes, including the Great Lakes, which contains a fifth of the world’s freshwater. It is a lively cosmopolitan community with endless opportunities to reconnect with nature.

Step 2: Choose Your Visa Type

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Choosing your visa depends on a number of factors, such as your reason or intention for wanting to relocate to Canada as well as your choice of province. By now you should have a vague idea about which of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories appeal to you, meaning it now comes down to your reason for wanting to immigrate to Canada.

There are five main options to consider:

1. Economic Immigrants/Federal Skilled Worker Program

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This category is for skilled workers with Canadian experience who qualify under one of 3 categories

Skilled Worker Stream

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is for applicants who are skilled in a specific in-demand trade with the necessary work experience and would like to live and work permanently in Canada.

Canadian Experience Stream

This category is for applicants already living and working in Canada, with temporary status, looking to apply for permanent residency status. This category includes foreign workers and students, with an excellent command of the English and/or French language.

Business Stream

Sub-categories under this stream such as entrepreneurs, self-employed immigrants and investors are aimed at applicants who have the necessary financial means, skills and work experience to practice business in Canada.

2. Student Permit

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Those wanting to live and study in Canada will require a study permit as well as a tourist visa. There are certain requirements in order to qualify, all of which can be found here.

3. Family Sponsorship

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This category is for applicants with close relatives in Canada who have committed to financially support their family member while applying for residence. Permanent residents or Canadian citizens are able to sponsor their spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, dependent child as well as any relative deemed eligible under this category.

4. Humanitarian and Compassionate Applicants

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These applicants qualify to apply for permanent status in Canada under the following exceptional circumstances:

  • Settlement in Canada;
  • Family Ties;
  • Best interest of children; and
  • Consequences of not granting the request.

It is important to note that these circumstances are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

5. Refugee Class

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This category is for applicants who are unable or afraid to return to their home country and need protection. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are able to sponsor immigrants who are deemed eligible to settle in Canada under refugee status.

Step 3. Gather all necessary documentation

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There a number of things that you will need in order to apply, including the following:

ID and Passport;
Language Tests;
Education Credential Assessment;
Your NOC (National Occupational Classification) code;
Provincial Nomination (if you have one);
Job offer (if you have one);
Police Clearance; and
Medical Certificate

Step 4. Create an Online Profile

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Once you have selected your destination and the visa that best suits your circumstances, it’s time to get the application process started. The Express Entry Systemis the most popular path to take when applying for permanent residency as it speeds up the immigration process. You will need to create an online profile containing information such as your age, education, work experience and so on. Based on the information that is supplied, you will then be ranked against other applicants based on points scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Only those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for permanent residency. There are many ways to improve your score, including receiving a Provincial Nominee, which can be obtained by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) or alternatively receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) from your chosen province.

Step 5: Await Your Invitation to Apply (ITA) and Book Your Plane Ticket!

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Once all the paperwork is out of the way, there’s nothing left to do but await your Invitation to Apply (ITA) and start planning your journey to your new home in Canada!

But let's face it, with all this information at your fingertips, the application process can still be a complicated and laborious task. But if you sign up today for your assessment, one of our dedicated Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) will be able to assist you with the entire process, from advising you on the best choice of over 70 programs up until you’ve received your visa or permit. Why make things more complicated than they have to be? Let us help you to take your first step towards immigrating to Canada.