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Canada's Incredible Asian Expat Community
Expatriates from around the world are finding Canada to be the ideal immigration destination. Because of Canada's pro-immigration stance, hard-working and experienced Asian expats from a large number of predominantly Asian countries are finding well-paid jobs in communities they can feel at home in. Asian expats are making the move to Canada for one reason, and it’s the same reason any logical person would want to immigrate to Canada for, a better quality of life. Canada’s progressive policies mean people are free to be who they want, they are free to pursue their dreams and most importantly, have unfettered freedom of choice. The Canadian government places no restrictions on people or families, and your value is determined by how hard you work, how smart you work, and the value you add to your local economy. There are pathways for businesses owners, professionals, tradesmen and semi-skilled people alike who are interested in Canadian immigration.
Canada offers a high quality of living for all expats from around the world. Asian expats are raising families in cities in towns with low to negligible crime rates, incredible public services such as free healthcare and schooling, pristine air quality and inclusive communities. Canada is a melting pot of diverse cultures from all around the globe, and while pockets of cultures will form everywhere, they are constantly intermingling and doing business with each other for the benefit of their own communities and the country as a whole. Chinese and Indian residents and citizens make up the largest groups of expats in the country, followed by ex-UK residents. As a matter of fact, 20.8% of Canada’s population is made up of immigrants, the highest of the G8 countries. Opportunities for immigrants in Canada are nearly endless, it is a country where you and your family can achieve whatever you set your sights on.
There are two main immigration pathways for business owners to consider when looking into immigrating to Canada.
Provincial Nomination Program
The Provincial Nomination Program is a dedicated immigration stream for provinces to address shortages in the community. Each province has its own set of requirements for opening a business in one of their towns, cities or communities. A general outline of these requirements are:
- You must be willing to invest in a business, new or existing and run the business in the province;
- This means settling and living in the province you have chosen;
- You must create permanent full-time employment for at least one Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- Meet both the minimum net worth requirements and the minimum investment requirement;
- Demonstrate previous experience in owning and/or managing a business of the same or similar nature; and
- Be eligible to apply for legal status in Canada.
The Start-up Visa Program targets entrepreneurs who have the initiative to build a business that is innovative and will create jobs for Canadians. This visa program requires a comprehensive business plan and financial backing from a designated organization in Canada.
Professionals & Skilled Trades
The Express Entry System was created with the intention of fast-tracking qualified and experienced applicants that are in-demand by Canada’s labour market. If you are a manager, professional or skilled tradesman, you may be eligible for Express Entry. Some examples of eligible occupations are:
- Doctors and nurses;
- Engineers and architects;
- IT professionals;
- Accountants and other financial professionals;
- Electricians and mechanics;
- Chefs, cooks and butchers.
Atlantic Immigration Program
Because the majority of Asian immigrants in Canada land on the west coast of Canada, they tend to settle in provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. This is one of the reasons why the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched, to attract more capable individuals to Canada’s easternmost provinces; Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador and New Brunswick. This very inclusive immigration pilot makes provisions for the following categories:
- International Graduate Program - this is a great program if you want to start a new life in Canada. If you attend and graduate from a school in one of the four participating Atlantic provinces, you are eligible to apply for permanent residence. You will also have a much better chance of landing a well-paying job as you will have better access to the job market through school job fairs and just being in the country already. Further, you will be eligible to work part-time on or off-campus while you are busy with your studies.
- Atlantic High Skilled Program - for people with valid job offers in management, professional or technical/skilled jobs. In essence, you must have a qualification of at least two years. Your job offer must be for a full-time paid position with a minimum term of 1 year.
- Atlantic-Intermediate Skilled Program - for people with technical/skilled job offers such as an apprenticeship or an intermediate job offer, which requires only a high school diploma and on the job training. This includes food and beverage servers, cooks, labourers, harvesters and many more vocations.
How We Make Immigration Simple
With all of these immigration and visa options to choose from, the process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.
We take care of the fine print while you choose your dream destination in Canada for you and your loved ones. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.
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