Canada is the top choice for Indians who want to move abroad permanently for a better quality of life and more opportunities for career growth. Also, India has been the major source for skilled immigrants who are moving to Canada and have become Canadian permanent residents.
Immigration is the key factor for Canada to recover from the pandemic. Recently, Canada has announced their Immigration level plans for 2021, 2022, and 2023 where it will welcome 40,000, 411,000, and 421,000 immigrants respectively. Showing the commitment of the federal government to welcome more and more skilled immigrants to help in the country's economic development.
The best possible way to move to Canada from India is to get a PR Visa. As you become a Canadian permanent resident, you can avail of the following benefits:
If you are looking to become a Canadian permanent resident, the first step is to apply under a Canadian immigration program that allows you to apply for a PR Visa.
Each immigration program that provides an immigration pathway to become a permanent resident of Canada has its different requirements and application process. You have to choose the right immigration program based on your skill-sets. Following are the major Canada PR Visa immigration programs:
The express entry program provides a fast-track immigration pathway for PR Visa aspirants, with application processing time is around 6 to 8 months. Its an application management system that regulated and manages the profiles of immigrants who have applied for PR Visa through three major federal economic immigration programs:
To be eligible for FSW, which is the main source of skilled immigrants, you have to score 67 points out of 100 in the FSWP point assessment grid. Following are the factors based on which scores are assigned in 67 points calculator for PR Visa:
With the use of the ranking system - Comprehensive Rankings System (CRS), all the profiles are ranked in the express entry pool. Higher ranked profiles are then issued Invitation To Apply (ITA) to submit their PR Visa application to Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
After you have got your ITA, you will have 60 days to submit your PR Visa application along with all the right sets of Documents.
Some of the major documents you must submit alongside your Canada PR Visa application are:
After your application is submitted along with your biometrics and is successfully assessed by IRCC, you will be given your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) through the mail. You can get your PR Visa card from the point of entry in Canada.
Provinces and territories in Canada have an immigration program through which they can nominate skilled immigrants to live in the respective province as a permanent resident, these programs are Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
The following table shows the major Canada PNPs with their respective immigration streams:
|Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)||Immigration Streams|
|Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)|
|British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)|
|Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)|
|New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)|
|Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)|
|Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)|
|Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)|
|Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)|
|Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)|
|Northwest Territories PNP|
|Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)|
Each of the above-mentioned PNPs has different requirements that are based on the demands of the local labor market. PNPs provide a good alternative to the immigrants who are not able to meet the requirements of the Express entry program.
Most of the PNPs have an enhanced immigration stream that allows them to search for skilled immigrants in the federal government's express entry pool. These streams are in line with the Express Entry program.
Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination certificate are given a major boost of 600 CRS points. These many points effectively guarantee an ITA to the candidate in the next round of invitations.
Canada Business Immigration offers an immigration route that aims to create new opportunities in the local market of the province by welcoming experienced businessmen with the required skills and work experience to help the economic development of the province.
Now, under Business Immigration, various programs are designed and implemented to help promote and develop the country's economy by inviting/attracting entrepreneurs, employees, businessmen, and investors. Here are the available business immigration programs:
Quebec also offers programs for immigrant entrepreneurs and self-employed workers.
Reuniting families is a pillar of Canada's immigration policies. The Canadian government allows its citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor spouses, dependent children, parents, or grandparents to live with them in the country through a Canadian spouse visa.
You can sponsor the following relations for a dependent visa:
For the applicant to sponsor their spouse, partner, or dependent child, they have to meet the following requirements:
The province of Quebec has the autonomy of its immigration system. To immigrate to Quebec, applicants must master the French language. If you wish to immigrate to Quebec, you can apply through the following immigration programs under Immigration Quebec:
Through QSWP skilled workers can apply for permanent resident status in the province of Quebec. There are two steps to apply for this:
Step 1: Apply for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).
Step 2: Submit your PR Visa application to IRCC with your CSQ certificate.
Canada has over 80 immigration programs to make your move to Canada as easy as possible.
Canada PR visa fees are mainly of two types: Fixed fees and Variable fees. Fixed fees include processing fees, Right of permanent residence fees (RPRF), IELTS examination fees, etc. For variable fees, it includes medical examination, Police clearance certificates, etc. Following is the fees for the candidates who have applied under the express entry program:
Other than this, candidates who have applied without a job offer have to show some proof of funds to show that they will be able to support themselves and accompanying family members for their move to Canada. Proof of funds or settlement funds depends on the accompanying family members. The following table will show how the proofs of funds are required:
|Number of Family Members||Funds Required (In-CAD)|
|For each additional family member||$3,492|
Candidates have to show the above-mentioned proofs of funds in bank statements, Credit card statements, etc. Details should be printed on the financial institution's letterhead and duly signed by the authorities.