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Canadian Immigration Simplified for you

Canadian Immigration Simplified for you

Canadian Immigration Simplified for you

January 15, 2022

Canadian Immigration Simplified for you

The process of Immigration to Canada is not an easy one. In fact, it can become quite complicated if you aren’t fully aware of the whole procedure. To be able to complete the whole process comfortably you need to be completely ready with whatever is required to have a successful application and receive a permanent resident card.

A large number of people from all across the globe apply for the Canadian citizenship but few of them are successful while others return back empty handed. India, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom are the countries with the highest success rate for immigrants between 2019 and 2021.

So, through the next few steps we will explain you the whole procedure of immigrating to Canada:

  1. Check whether you are eligible or not?

This is the first and foremost step during the process of immigration. You must satisfy the minimum requirements to be able to begin a new life in Canada. We will discuss the immigration programs later. To adapt easily to the Canadian society, you need to possess a decent level of proficiency in either of the two official languages i.e., French or English. You need to take a language test for immigration purposes.

Let’s take a look at the minimum requirements to be eligible for Canadian Immigration:

English or French language proficiency: You must secure a minimum of CLB 5 – 7 or NCLC 5 – 7 in all four language abilities

Sufficient settlements funds: You must have sufficient settlement funds starting at CAD $12,960 per single applicant in case you don’t have a job

You Should be healthy enough: You should be physically and mentally fit and your health should not cause excessive demand for health and social services

No criminal record: You should not have any prior sentence including DUI and you must not pose a security risk

If you meet the above requirements, then you should move ahead to the next step.

  1. Top Canadian Immigration Programs to reach your goal

In this step, you need to find out the best immigration program for you out of the various programs currently available for the people who want to settle in Canada. In fact, there are 100 immigration and visa programs currently available but it’s very important to choose the right one. For that you need an in-depth eligibility assessment from certified visa consultants.

Find out which immigration program is best suited for you by the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs). Check out the top Canadian immigration programs below:

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  1. Express Entry Program

Express Entry system is quite popular among the immigrants as a large number of people use it for immigrating to Canada. In 2021 alone, 108,500 new residents will be welcomed through this pathway.

Given below is the step-by-step process of Express Entry system:

Step 1. Create an Online Express Entry Profile

Under this step, you need to create an Express Entry Profile which allows you to have an opportunity of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada. It enables Canadian government to assess whether a skilled immigration applicant is eligible to immigrate to Canada. Depending upon various factors such as job type, work experience and language proficiency; you will qualify for one of the following Express Entry immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Trades Worker Program (FTWP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Step 2. Improve your CRS score

Under this step, your profile will be ranked according to Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). After that candidate with the highest scores will be sent ITAs during bi-weekly Express Entry draws. The ideal CRS score is 500 points.

Here are the ways to increase your CRS score:

  • Gain more work experience in your field
  • Apply through available Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Improve your language proficiency scores in English or French or even both
  • Apply for a job or get an offer in Canada
  • Increase your level of education

Step 3. Apply for permanent residency in Canada

After receiving an ITA, you need to accept the invitation within 90 days and submit additional documents which include reference letter from each previous employer, identity documents, medical examination results, and clearance certificates.

  1. Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)

Provincial Nomination Program is for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. The PNP is responsible for Canada’s second-largest addition of immigrants every year.

How does PNP functions? There are 11 provinces and territories that nominate foreign workers based on their job market needs. Each province and territory have its own immigration programs that target certain groups and requirements. You just need to identify which PNP is searching for someone with your skills and education and apply to that program. If you receive a nomination, then you can apply for permanent residency in Canada. How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program stream you’re applying to.

The most popular Provincial Nomination Programs are:

  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
  • Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

III. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIP)

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate. Atlantic region consists of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This program has been highly successful over the years. To qualify for the program, candidates must receive a valid job offer from a designated employer situated in one of these provinces.

AIP controls the following programs:

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Immigration Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Immigration Program
  • Atlantic Graduate Immigration Pilot


  1. Pilot Programs 

Through the Pilot Programs such as Agri-Food Immigration Pilot and Home-Care Provide Pilot, farm workers, industrial butchers, food processing laborers, and caregivers can immigrate to Canada. Agri-Food Pilot helps address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector and makes it convenient for these workers to successfully settle in Canada. Through Home-Care Provide Pilot, you have options to come to Canada as a caregiver.

Pilot Programs also include Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, which is a community-driven program. It is designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and laborers help these communities grow by filling in-demand jobs or setting up their own businesses.

  1. Collect the required documents

Canadian immigration is usually a lengthy process because of the documentation work. You need to collect various documents to submit with your permanent resident application.

Here is the list of documents required for Canada Immigration:

  • Valid passport/travel document
  • Medical examination certificate for immigration purposes
  • Biometrics
  • Police certificate
  • Results of your Language test
  • Education Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Valid job offers letter (if applicable)
  • Family information (if applicable)
  • Proof of previous useful work experience
  • Proof of funds

These documents are very essential as they are required to support your initial claims.

Valid passport/travel document

Group A: You need copies of the pages on your passport with you. Your passport or travel document is considered valid if it’s legal, not expired and accepted by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)

Medical examination certificate

Group A: You need to undertake an immigration medical exam to demonstrate that you are not inadmissible to Canada. Only a doctor in the list of panel physicians can provide you a medical examination certificate. You can choose a panel physician anywhere in the world, even in a different country from where you live. The average cost of a medical exam is $200. Candidates also need to provide a proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.


During the submission of application, you need to pay biometrics fee and need to take an appointment to give your biometrics. Then, you’ll receive a letter indicating where you can go and submit your biometrics in person.

Police certificate

This certificate is to certify that you don’t have a criminal record or if you have one, provide a copy of your criminal record. It can take some time to acquire a police certificate, so it’s good that you start the process as soon as possible before getting late.

Results of your language test

For the immigration purposes, you will need to submit the original copies and results of your language test. You just need to schedule your test with an agency approved by IRCC and pay the costs. You can find a testing center near you.

You can take any of these approved language tests:

NOTE: Prepare for IELTS with our preparation course.

Approved English Tests
Test Instructions
CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program You must take the CELPIP-General test
IELTS: International English Testing System You must take the General Training option


Approved French Tests
Test Instructions
TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français, Your test must include writing, speaking, listening, and reading comprehension
TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français Your test must include writing, speaking, listening, and reading comprehension


Education Credential Assessment (ECA)

Group A: ECA is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one. If your education was obtained outside of Canada, get an ECA from approved institutions such as World Education Services (WES).This will prove that your education is equal to a Canadian one.

Valid job offer letter

Group A and B: If you already have a job aligned in Canada, then you just need to include a valid job offer letter. The offer letter must be on an official letter head of the company which specifies your job title, duties, salary, and dates of employment. You need to add evidence that you meet the requirements of the job.

You can get a bridging work permit which helps you to start working in Canada while your permanent residency application is being processed.

Family Information

Group A: Family Information basically involves documents relating to marital status. If you are married and have children, then you need to provide copies of your marriage certificate as well as your children’s birth certificates. In case your spouse has passed away or you are divorcee, you need to provide copy of death certificate and /or their divorce certificate.

Proof of previous useful work experience

Group A: Proof of previous relevant work experience includes documents such as work contracts, pay-slips or copies of your tax information.

Proof of funds

Proof of funds means that you need have enough money to settle in Canada. If they invite you to apply, you must give written proof that you have this money.

You need to provide bank statements, savings balance or deposit statements and you also need to have official letters from banks or other places where you secure your funds.

Have a look at the Table below for information on the funds you need to have to start your Canadian immigration process:

Number of family members Funds you need (in Canadian dollars)
1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For every additional member $3,492


Step 4: How to apply?

If the whole process of completing all required application forms, payment of application processing fee, and checking and collection of all required documents from the document checklist then you can submit your application online or mail it via courier to the relevant Canadian immigration department.

Step 5: Processing of Immigration Application 

Your application will undergo a detailed review by an IRCC Officer which can take a few months to complete. The Officer will review all the documents and information you have given and will make sure whether they meet the requirements.

Have a look at the processing times for the different immigration programs below:

Canadian Immigration Programs
Immigration Category Processing Times
Express Entry System Six months
Provincial Nominee Program 15 – 19 months
Economic Pilots: 12 – 18 months
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Six months
Business Immigration
Start-Up Visa
Self-Employed Persons
24 months
Family Reunification
Spousal and Common-Law Partner
Parents and Grandparent
Grandparents Super Visa
12-24 months



  1. How much money is required to immigrate to Canada?

You need a minimum of CAD $12,960 in savings to qualify for permanent residency, and an additional CAD $3,429 per accompanying or non-accompanying dependent family member.

  1. What is the procedure to follow for Canada immigration with a job offer in hand?

You can work in Canada with a valid work permit while the IRCC processes your application for permanent residency. A job offer is required for most immigration programs, and it can also boost your Express Entry CRS score by 50-200 points.

  1. What are the criteria for Canada business immigration?

Canada business immigration is helpful for the people with great business ideas. Taxes in Canada for small businesses are the lowest of all G7 countries. Doing business is quite easy in Canada and is one of the best places for doing business. Immigrating to Canada as a new business owner or investor is completely possible through the Start-Up Visa Program or one of the many Provincial Nomination Programs for entrepreneurs.

  1. What are the main reasons to immigrate to Canada rather than other countries?

Rated no.1 for the quality of life and the beauty of Canada lies in these features:

  • Good market job
  • Affordability
  • Good healthcare system
  • Cultural diversity
  • Amazing beauty
  • Safety
  • Well-developed education system

These steps can help you in understanding the complexities of moving to Canada. However, trusted immigration professionals can be very helpful in completing the application process quite easily. If you are thinking of immigrating, there can’t be a better chance than this with the new generous immigration targets set at 1.23 million newcomers by 2023.

Simply, fill in the form below and we’ll respond back to discuss the way forward to a new and exciting life in Canada.

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