Did you know there are currently over 100,000 Trinidadians living in Canada? Whether it be for work, to further their education or to permanently start a new life, they have all decided to do so in one of the best countries in the world, Canada.
Moving to another country can be both overwhelming and confusing, so let's take a look at exactly how to immigrate to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago in 2022. This way, you too can join one of the biggest immigrant communities in the world.
How to Start Your Life in Canada
It’s vital to understand the differences between Canada’s immigration programs and visas because ultimately you’ll need to determine which one suits you best. There are over 100 visa and immigration programs that enable foreign nationals to either work, study or live in Canada. Here are the more popular ones.
By far one of the most programs, Express Entry, is set to welcome 110,500 immigrants as permanent residents. This will be done through the three federal programs that fall under Express Entry. They are:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class;
- Federal Skilled Worker Class; and
- Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry is a great program as almost anyone can apply. If you meet the Express Entry requirements you’ll be placed into a pool. Here you’ll be ranked according to your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
How are CRS points earned?
You can earn CRS points through the core and additional points that total up to a 1,200 score. They are as follows:
Core points - 600 points
- Your skills and work experience
- By adding your spouses work experience, language skills etc
- Skills transferability and education
Additional points – 600 points
- If you have an additional certificate, diploma or degree
- If you get a job offer in Canada
- If you’re nominated by a province or territory
- Having a sibling in Canada that is a permanent resident or citizen
- If you have strong French language skills
Express Entry is not only popular but also highly favoured by immigrants for several reasons including the fast processing time of six months. If you aren’t successful the first time around you’ll be able to stay in the pool for one year. You can improve your CRS score by the additional factors mentioned above.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Do you have a specific province in Canada that you’d like to work and live in? If yes, then this is the perfect program for you. The provinces of Canada and the government have an agreement that allows the provinces to nominate foreign skilled workers, such as yourself, for Canadian permanent residency.
What’s great about this program is that there are over 80 provincial nomination programs available in Canada. This means you have several ways for you to immigrate to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago in 2022.
There are two ways in which you can apply for this program. Either directly to the province or via Express Entry. Of course, applying through Express Entry will work in your favour as it’s a much quicker process.
Always try to apply to the Canadian provinces where your occupation or skill is in demand. This will increase your chances of receiving a nomination.
Home Care Provider Pilots
There are currently two pilots that fall under the Home Care Provider Pilots, they are:
- The Home Child Care Provider Pilot; and
- The Home Support Worker Pilot.
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot
This pilot allows qualified caregivers, as well as their family members, to move to Canada and become permanent residents.
To qualify for this program you’ll need to either have worked full-time in one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs:
- home child care provider - NOC 4411; and
- home support worker - NOC 4412.
You may also apply if your job title includes au pair, babysitter, parent’s helper, nanny or child care provider. The care can be given both in your home or in the employer's home.
The Home Support Worker Pilot
The Home Support Worker Pilot is yet another great way to work in Canada and become a permanent resident. As mentioned above, you’ll need to have worked full time and in one of the NOC jobs 4411 or 4412.
Other job titles include:
- Personal aide - home support;
- Live-in caregiver - seniors; and
- Family caregiver.
Canada Study Permit
Studying in Canada is probably one of the best ways to immigrate to Canada. Canada sees over 130,000 international students every year, for good reason. It has one of the best educational systems in the world and is often compared to that of the U.S. and U.K., only Canada is cheaper.
A Canadian study permit is highly favoured by international students for many reasons including:
- When you come to Canada on a study permit you can bring your spouse or common-law partner on an open work permit;
- You can work part-time or full-time on a study permit;
- You receive a worldly recognized qualification; and
- You can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Who is eligible for a Canada study permit?
In order to apply for a permit, you’ll need the following:
- Get an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI);
- Have a valid passport or travel document; and
- You need to prove that you can finance yourself and any family member that comes with you.
Did you know that as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, you qualify to apply for a study permit through Student Direct Stream (SDS)? The SDS will cut your application time and you could have your visa in up to 20 calendar days!
Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is a great way to earn Canadian work experience and therefore make you eligible to apply through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), under Express Entry.
How does the PGWP work?
If you obtain a PGWP successfully, you’ll receive an open work permit which allows you to work anywhere in Canada and in any position. The validity can be anywhere between eight months to three years.
Good to know!
If you are a student at a Trinidad and Tobago University, then you’re eligible for scholarships to Canadian Universities.
Living in Canada
Canada is known as a country of opportunity. Whether you’d like to come to Canada for work or study, there is a visa for you. Even more so Canada offers free universal healthcare to all its residents as well as free public education. This making sure you and your family can live a better life.
Canada also celebrates multiculturalism and has hundreds of organizations all over Canada to help newcomers, such as yourself, settle into Canada much easier and quicker.
So why the wait? Start your process to immigrate to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago in 2022 today.