Immigration

Find your pathway to immigrate!

Whatever you want to achieve in Canada, there is more than one way to immigrate. Whether you look to settle in a rural area as a farmer or to enjoy the vibrant lifestyle in one of Canada’s well-known cities: more than 100 programs address the need of Canada’s economic market to attract skilled and highly educated workers, invite foreign nationals to study or unite family members.

While the main purpose of all programs is to help foreign nationals to come to Canada you should be aware that there is no golden rule that determines who will be eligible to immigrate and who is not. Every application is individual and the key to success is to find the program that fits your personal circumstances best.

Canada’s immigration system has significantly developed and matured over the course of years and is considered to be one of the best immigration systems in the world. A number of other countries worldwide have adopted the principle of the Canadian immigration system and its law.

What are the main categories to immigrate?

Generally, Canadian immigration law distinguishes between several main categories all of which have their own prerequisites and requirements that need to be fulfilled to successfully apply and to settle permanently.

Canada is highly interested in immigrants who actively contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy. Therefore, the vast majority of immigrants will be selected within one of the programs that belong to this category, for instance, Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trade, Canada Experience Class, Entrepreneur Streams or Provincial Nominee Programs.

A country that has been welcoming immigrants for decades, Canada supports citizens and permanent residents to unite with their close family members like parents, grandparents, dependent children and spouses / common-law partners. All programs under this category require an undertaking by the sponsor that obliges the sponsor to care several years for their relatives being sponsored. The length of the sponsorship obligation depends on the program chosen. In addition, certain requirements must be met, such as proof of minimal income and filing tax returns for the 3 years prior to submitting an application.

Canada has signed a number of international treaties and is a member of some of the most important conventions under the Charta of the United Nations. As such, Canada’s obligations to help and support refugees are an important part of the Canadian immigration law.

Retirement immigration – a common misconception

Unfortunately, there is a common misconception about this topic. There are quite a few people who believe that as a pensioner they can “just come to Canada” to spend their retirement here, buy a little cottage on the lake and live off their pension. To put it simply (and this is the harsh truth), there is, unfortunately, no option for retirees to come to Canada that way. The Canadian Immigration law has no stipulation or provision that would allow retired people to come to Canada and to settle here without contributing to the economy.

Some of the pathways to Canada are shown below. It is important to know that immigration programs can be under the jurisdiction of either the Federal Government or a Province/Territory. Even though some of the programs might look similar there are differences between programs of the provinces because each province/territory has the right to adjust programs according to their specific needs.

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Family Class


For applicants with close relatives spouse / common-law partner, parents, grandparents) in Canada.

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Provincial Nominees

Canadian provinces and territories are able to select eligible candidates and nominate them.

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Temporary immigration

For candidates who want to study or work temporarily in Canada.

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Skilled Worker


Programs are based on age, education, work experience and other factors of the applicant.

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Canada Experience

For candidates who have studied or gained work experience in Canada.

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Business Immigration

Seasoned business owners or entrepreneurs that want to open or buy their own business in Canada.

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