Canada PR Visa Process

Almost every Country's citizens are eligible to apply for a Canadian Permanent Visa. India is one of the main sources of skilled immigrants for Canada. Every year many Indians apply for a Canada PR Visa to live in Canada as permanent residents. Because of the many immigrant-friendly policies of Canada, it encourages Indians to settle in the country. Canadian immigration has targeted 1.5 million newcomers between 2024 and 2026.

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If you become a Canadian permanent resident, there are certain benefits that you avail of. Following are the major benefits of the Canada PR Visa:

  • Can live and work anywhere in Canada
  • Free world-class health coverage
  • Free education for children up to 18 years of age
  • Sponsor your relatives
  • Become a Canadian citizen
  • Protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
What is the Canada PR Visa process from India?

Canada's permanent resident visa allows the holder to live, work, or study in the country for five years. A person is required to live in the country for 730 days to complete their residency obligations. If a person stays for 730 days in the country, they can renew their PR visa for 5 years. These 730 days are not required to be continuous. If a person lives for 3 years or more in the country, they can apply for Canadian citizenship.

As mentioned before, Indians make the majority of the immigrants in Canada. To facilitate these aspirants to apply for Canada PR Visa, Canada has several major immigration programs to do so.

Express Entry program

Introduced in January 2015, the Express Entry program is the fastest and the most popular immigration pathway to Canada PR Visa. It is the main source for skilled immigration in Canada and manages the profiles of immigrants who have applied for Canada PR visas through three economic immigration programs:

Express Entry program is a point-based immigration program were to be eligible, candidates are required to score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in the FSWP point assessment grid. These points are awarded based on the following factors:

  • Age:-Maximum 12 points are awarded to the candidates between the age group of 18-35 years. You start losing one point every year after the age of 35 years.
  • Education:- You can get a maximum of 25 points if you have doctoral or master level education.
  • Work Experience:- Maximum 15 points are awarded in this category and you need at least 1 year of experience in a skilled occupation that is categorized under Canada National Occupation Classification (NOC) skill type-level A, O, or B to be eligible for PR Visa.
  • Language Proficiency:- If you can score 6 per band in the IELTS examination, then you can get minimum PR Visa points. You also get extra points for French proficiency.
  • Arranged Employment:- 10 points are awarded if you can get pre-arranged employment from Canada.
  • Adaptability:- Maximum 10 points are awarded if your spouse is also accompanying you in the application.

If you are qualified enough to score 67 points, you can start your ECA and IELTS processing to submit your application under the express entry program. On clearing the CRS score cut-offs, you will get an ITA to submit your application for a Canada PR Visa through direct invitation.

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What is the step-to-step process to apply for a Canada PR Visa?

Following are simple steps to apply for Canada PR Visa:

  • Step 1 Get ECA: You have to get your educational credentials assessed by an authorized Canadian Assessing Body to check the equivalency as per Canadian education.
  • Step 2  Complete your IELTS Exam: In the second step, you need to attain the required IELTS scores or a minimum of 6 bands in each module of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
  • Step 3 Create an Express Entry Profile: Applicants will be required to create an Express Entry profile by registering themselves under the Federal government's Express Entry program online. The Express Entry profile is then submitted into the Express Entry pool.
  • Step 4 Apply for PNPs (Optional): In case the applicant wants to apply for a provincial nominee program, they can wait for an NOI or interest letter to apply under a PNP.
  • Step 5 Get an ITA: Once the applicant can clear the minimum required CRS score, they are issued the Invitation to Apply (ITA). Once they have the ITA, the applicant has 60 days to submit their application to IRCC with all the required documents.
  • Step 6 Medical and PCC: Applicants must undergo a medical examination as a mandatory requirement to apply for Canada PR Visa. Candidates must also obtain a PCC Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Step 7 Application reviewed by IRCC: IRCC will review the Canada PR application by doing a background check and assessing all the submitted documents. This process takes around 4 to 6 months.
  • Step 8 The biometric fee: Applicant receives a request for biometrics and fingerprints.
  • Step 9 Passport Submission request & CoPR: You receive a request to submit your passport for visa stamping and soon after that you get the Confirmation of Permanent Residency (COPR).

Provincial Nominee Programs

Every province or territory in Canada (except Quebec) has these immigration programs known as Provincial Nominee Program. Through these programs, provinces can nominate skilled immigrants to fill the gap in the local labor market. PNPs allow the immigrants to live and work in the province of their own choice.

Following is the list of the major Canada PNP programs:

Also, there are enhanced immigration streams under various PNPs. These immigration streams allow the express entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination. Applying for a provincial nomination is one of the ways to improve your CRS score.

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Business Immigration

Now to attract experienced businessmen to buy or own a business in the country, Canada offers them different immigration Business visas. The major categories under Canada business immigration are:

  • PNP Entrepreneur Visa

These above-mentioned entrepreneur programs have different eligibility criteria in terms of age, education, investment, experience, etc. You can check your eligibility or can take advice from our immigration experts at Nationwide Visas.

Family Class Immigration

Family Class Immigration allows families to sponsor their relatives for Canada PR Visa and reunite with them. Relatives that are eligible under family class immigration are:

  • Spouse, common-law, or conjugal partner
  • Dependent child
  • Parent
  • Grandparent
  • Sibling, nephew, niece, or grandchild under 18 years who is unmarried and whose parents are deceased

You can become a sponsor if you are a :

  • Canadian Citizen;
  • Permanent Resident of Canada; OR
  • A person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act;

What is the fee to apply for a Canada PR Visa?

When you want to become a Canadian permanent resident, you have to pay fees to the Canadian government as well as other authorities like IELTS, PCC, etc.

  • ECA  $227 CAD to $322 CAD (per person)
  • IELTS INR 17,000 ($278 CAD) (per person)

  • Medical 4270 (CAD 70 approx.) (per person)
  • PCC INR 610 ($10 CAD approx.) (per person)
  • Application Processing fee  INR 57,940 (CAD 950) (per person)
  • Right to Permanent Residency fee INR 35,068 (CAD 575) (per person)
  • Include a dependent child INR 15,857 CAD 260 (per child) (One-time fee)
  • Biometric fee INR 5184 (CAD 85) per person. However, families applying together for a visitor visa will only pay a maximum biometric fee of up to CAD 170.
  • Proof of funds Starts from CAD $14,690 for a single individual.

What are the documents required to apply for a Canada PR Visa?

To get your application process in time, applicants must submit the correct and valid documents required to apply for Canada PR Visa. Following is the list of documents that are required to apply for a Canada PR Visa:

  • ECA (Education Credential Assessment)
  • IELTS Score Card
  • Travel Documents like passports
  • Medical & Police Clearance Certificates
  • Work Experience Letter (Reference letters)
  • Other (If applicable)

How can you lose your Canadian permanent residency?

You can lose your Canada permanent resident status due to the following reasons:

  • Become a Canadian citizen
  • Give up (renounce) your PR Status
  • Become inadmissible to Canada

Although Canadian immigration is quite a long and complex process, you can get in touch with an immigration expert to apply for a Canada PR Visa to save time and to make this job easy.

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