Immigration Programs - IMMPROVED

So you're interested in immigrating to Canada, eh?

Learn about Canadian immigration programs below.

Permanent Residence

Express Entry

You may apply for permanent residence through one of these three programs if you are a skilled worker and/or have at least one year of Canadian work experience.

Canadian Experience Class

You may apply through this program if you meet the language requirements and have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in the last 3 years in a NOC 00, 0, A, B occupation.

Federal Skilled Trades

You may apply through this program if you meet the language requirements and have at least 2 years of full-time work experience within the last 5 years in an eligible minor/major group.

Federal Skilled Worker

You may apply through this program if you meet the language requirements and have at least 1 year of full-time work experience in a NOC 00, 0, A, B occupation.

Family Class

You may sponsor a relative for permanent residence if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered Indian under the Canadian Indian Act and over the age of 18.

Dependent Child Sponsorship

You may sponsor your child if they are under 22 years old and they do not have a spouse or common-law partner. Individuals over the age of 22 may qualify if they have been financially dependent on their parents since before the age of 22 due to a mental or physical condition.

Lonely Family Member Sponsorship

You may sponsor one blood related relative of any age if you do not have a living relative in Canada.

Orphaned Family Member Sponsorship

You may sponsor an orphaned sibling, niece/nephew, or grandchild if you have adopted them through blood or legal adoption, both of their parents have passed they away, are under the age of 18, and they are single.

Parent/Grandparent Sponsorship

You can sponsor your parent/grandparent so long as you can prove your ability to support them financially and ensure that they will not require government assistance.

Business

Owner Operator LMIA

You may qualify for an additional 200 CRS points if you invest in ownership of 50.1%+ of a Canadian business.

Self-employed Persons Program

You may qualify for permanent residence through this program if you have experience in cultural activities and athletics.

Start-up Visa Program

You may qualify for permanent residence through this program if you are an entrepreneur and your business idea is supported by a designated organization.

Provincial Nominee Program

You may apply for permanent residence through a province/territory’s specific stream. Each province/territory creates streams based on their goals and demands.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

You may apply for permanent residence through this community-driven program. You will require a job offer from an employer in one of the participating communities.

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program

You may qualify for permanent residence through this program if you are an experienced non-seasonal worker with a valid job offer in an eligible industry or occupation.

Caregiver

You may apply for permanent residence after working as a Home Child Care provider or a Home Support Worker in Canada for 2 years.

Temporary Residence

Foreign Worker

As a foreign worker, you may work in Canada, gain experience, and increase your eligibility for Canadian permanent residence.

International Mobility Program

You may work in Canada without an LMIA if you have a job offer and if your country of origin has a Free Trade Agreement with Canada.

International Experience Canada

You may work in Canada without an LMIA if you are from a participating country and are between the ages of 18 to 35.

Open Work Permit

You may legally work for any employer in Canada. Accompanying spouses or family members of someone who is working or studying temporarily in Canada are eligible for an open work permit as well.

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Your employer may require an LMIA to confirm that there are no Canadian citizens or permanent residents available to fill the position.

Student

You may study at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and open pathways to obtaining a work permit which can potentially lead to permanent residence. Not everyone needs a study permit, some exceptions are applicable.

Accompany your working/studying parent

You may study without a study permit if you are accompanying a parent who holds a valid work or study permit OR has a permanent resident application in process so long as you are under the age of majority in the province in which you reside.

Study Permit

You may study at a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI). You will require a study permit for a program that is longer than 6 months.

Visitor

You may visit or transit through Canada. You may require either a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), or Temporary Resident Permit (TRP).

Accompany your working/studying spouse

You may visit your spouse who is currently inside Canada on a valid work or study permit. You may require a TRV or an eTA.

Inadmissible Visitors

You may be eligible to visit Canada on a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) even if you have been deemed inadmissible or do not meet the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act’s requirements.

Visit Canada on business

You may visit Canada on a visitor visa or eTA to take part in international business activities without requiring an LMIA or work permit if you are:

•  Seeking new ways to expand your business;
•  Seeking business investment opportunities; or
•  Seeking opportunities to advance your business relationships.

Visit or transit through Canada

You may visit or transit through Canada and stay for up to 6 months. You may require a visitor visa or an eTA.

Visit your children/grandchildren

You may visit your children/grandchildren for up to 2 years at a time for up to 10 years.