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5 Reasons Why People Want to Go to Canada

Canada is a great country. There are many reasons people want to settle down there permanently. It ranks #9 in the 2020 Index of Economic Freedom in the world and #1 in the Americas. Its government integrity is respected all over the world. The second-largest country by land area, Canada is the tenth-largest economy. Its market-oriented economic system is much like the United States, with whom it has a free-trade agreement. It has an open market and the financial sector in Canada is quite efficient and transparent.

Many other reasons attract people to Canada. These include:

  1. Multiculturalism and Immigration Friendly: Migration is not an easy process. Many countries place rigorous restrictions on their immigration quota. But Canada immigration rules are lenient. The country is still welcoming immigrants – despite the global recession conditions.

    It is not a surprise that, according to the 2016 census, more than 1 in 5 people in Canada are immigrants.

    The country offers a dynamic range of immigration and visa programs for different categories of immigrants, such as employed, self-employed, and businessmen. Those who do not qualify for the immigration programs can still go to Canada through student visa programs and work permits. They may work to qualify for the Permanent Resident (PR) visas or Immigration options open to them later.

    Canada does not place restrictions on where its permanent residents can live or work. It also gives its citizens and permanent residents to follow their religion, culture, language, and communicate freely with others in the society.

  2. 10th largest Economy in the world: The World Economic League Table 2020 ranks Canada as the 10th largest economy of the world. Its GDP was US $ 1.731 trillion! The report forecasts continued economic growth for the country over the next decade fuelled by its immigration programs.

    Skilled migrants contribute to the country's economic strength. It is projected that Canada will become the ninth-largest economy in 2024 and the eighth largest one by 2029.

  3. Rapidly growing Tech Industry and better working environment: Canadian government has proactively invested in technology, innovation, and cloud services. As a result, the country has a healthy tech market that competes with the US market.

    The minimum wage per hour in Canada is between CAD 11.32 and 15.00 (US$8 and 10.7). The country not only provides countless job opportunities for skilled migrants but also some of the best working conditions and salary benefits.

    Canada also offers ample opportunities for trade and personal growth. It allows direct foreign investment and has a vast wealth of natural resources and minerals that can be tapped for commercial purposes.

  4. World-class Education System & Universal Healthcare: Canada offers the best social security benefits to immigrants and their families. The country is quite supporting to those who are new there. The educational and health facilities in Canada are not only highly subsidized but also among the best in the world.

    OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) for high school students ranked Canada at #4 for the reading, science and math abilities of its students. 62% of its 25-34-year-olds had a tertiary qualification, compared to the average of 44% in other OECD countries. International students make 13% of Canada's tertiary student population.

    Canada's overall spending is 11.6% of its GDP, which amounts to $7,068 per Canadian.

    One of the major reasons why high net worth individuals, businessmen, and investors want to migrate to Canada is that a Canadian passport allows them to travel to almost all major countries in the world without applying for a visa. If you are a frequent flyer, it solves a lot of your problems.

  5. Extremely safe and beautiful place to live: You may find it funny that if you crash into someone in Canada, he or she starts apologizing to you. Canadians are largely polite, modest, and happy.

    Canada has amazing scenery. The country has diverse landscapes and climates. They have green fields, extensive forests, lovely mountain ranges, a lot of snow, and 60% of the world's lakes. Seeing wildlife (like bears, raccoons, and moose) is a common occurrence here. People are nice and friendly and street crime is extremely rare. The best thing about Canadian laws is that they are very progressive and upholds equality. Overall, it's a safe place to live in.

    At V2I, we can guide you to the right immigration program and assist you in obtaining a quick visa approval.

Types of Visas You Can Apply For to Migrate to Canada

Skilled Worker Visa

Skilled workers may enter Canada through three pathways.

Express Entry Program

Skilled workers may enter Canada under three economic immigration programs.

  1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) ProgramIt is meant for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. They must have at least one year of work experience in managerial, professional, or technical and trade occupations, completed at least secondary education, and have English or French skills of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7. Post-secondary education and a valid job offer can win you extra FSW points.
  2. Federal Skilled Trades (FST) ProgramIt is meant for people skilled in a particular trade. They must have CLB5 in speaking and listening skills for English or French and CLB4 in reading and writing skills for any of these languages. While the education requirements are not mandatory, they must have at least two years of work experience in their technical or trade occupation. A valid job offer of at least one year or a certificate from the Canadian authority (for their chosen skilled trade) is a must to apply under this category.
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)Skilled workers with at least one year of Canadian work experience may apply for the CEC to become a permanent resident of the country. They should have CLB7 language skills if they are in managerial or professional occupations and CLB5 level of language skills if they are in technical or trade occupations. There are no mandatory education or job offer requirements on this route.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Provinces or territory may sometimes target certain groups of people according to their local market needs and requirements. These may include skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, business people, and students. Applicants with the required education, skills, and work experience willing to live in that province and territory and become permanent residents of Canada may apply for the PNP stream.

Quebec Immigration Program

Quebec has a special agreement with the Canadian government for skilled workers who want to live and work in Quebec. In this arrangement, you first need to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate. Once the Province of Quebec accepts you, you can apply for the PR (Permanent Residence) to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Temporary Resident or Visitor Visa

Temporary Resident or Visitor Visa is for people who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada and want to enter Canada for a vacation, visit family, or conduct business temporarily. You should be in good health, leave Canada at the end of your stay, and have enough money to live in Canada for the duration you are in the country. It is generally valid for six months. You cannot work or study in Canada on a visitor visa but you may join a study program with a course duration of fewer than six months.

Student Visa

International students need to apply for the study permit to study in Canada if they want to do a course with a course duration of more than six months. A study permit is not a visa but if your application gets approved, you will be granted a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada and enter the country. An eTA is meant for foreign nationals exempted from the visa requirement. It is valid for five years. The citizens of the U.S. do not need an eTA but permanent residents of the U.S. travelling to Canada by air need it.

Family Visa

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and those registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act can sponsor their relatives to live, study and work in Canada (if they become permanent residents of the country). Their relatives will need one of the following family visas though. Sponsoring family members mean that you have to support them financially and they will not receive any social assistance from the government.

Spousal Visa

Your spouse can be of either sex but he or she must be at least 18 years old and legally married to you.

Common-Law Partner Visa

The common-law partner can be of either sex, at least 18 years old, must be living with you for 12 consecutive months in a conjugal relationship (without any extended periods of break), and is not legally married to you.

Conjugal Partner Visa

A conjugal partner can of either sex, at least 18 years old, in relationship with you for at least one year, lives outside Canada and cannot marry you for valid reasons (which you will have to prove).

Dependent Child Visa

A dependent child cannot be 22 years old or above and should not have a spouse or a common-law partner. A person can only be considered your dependent child after 22 years of age if he or she has been dependent on the parents for financial support until that age and is not in the physical or mental condition to financially support himself or herself.

You can only sponsor your child, the child of your spouse or partner, your grandchild, your adopted child, or an orphaned family member.

Parental & Grand-Parental Visa

Parents or grandparents can be sponsored as permanent residents by Canadians who are at least 18 years old and can financially support them. People can come to visit their children or grandchildren in Canada on a visitor visa or eTA though.

Remaining Relative Visa

Permanent residents of Canada who have become citizens of the country within four years may nominate one close family member as a permanent resident if they do not have any other relative otherwise prescribed as the 'family member' in the visa categories.

Family-based Provincial Nominee Visa

Applicants may apply for this visa if they are good in English or French, and have a sponsor in specific provinces like:

  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Saskatchewan

Each province has different eligibility requirements that applicants need to meet to be granted this visa.

Benefits of Immigration to Canada:

Canada is a dream country for migrants for several reasons, such as:

  1. Working or doing business in Canada is a pleasure: Regulations are transparent and well-defined. Four of the largest Canadian provinces offer annual business subsidies that amount to about $29 billion. Most provinces allow for at least two weeks of paid vacations to the people. The top corporate tax in Canada is 15% while the highest federal personal income tax rate in Canada is 33%. The overall tax burden in Canada is about 32.2% of one's total family income.

    The payday works differently in Canada. You receive a salary twice a month. The formal or professional attire used to be a norm earlier but the trend is fast disappearing. The informal dress code of Casual Fridays is extending itself to the rest of the working days too.
  2. The Government and legal system of Canada are clean, reliable, competent, fair, and largely corruption-free: People and property are well-protected by law and the enforcement of contracts. Canada is known for its emphasis on social justice, equality, and inclusiveness. The country also has a very low crime rate. It is no surprise that Canada ranks among the top 10 safest countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index.
  3. The country is extremely friendly to immigrants: According to the 2016 Census, 21.9% of the Canadian population consists of immigrants. It means every one person out of 5 in Canada is an immigrant. Top 5 countries from where these immigrants hailed from include India, China, Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    The federal government of Canada has been welcoming 300,000 immigrants per year since 2015. The Canadian government plans to increase annual immigration levels to 3,50,000 by 2021 to boost the economy of the country and support its businesses. So, if you wish to migrate to Canada, this is the right time.
  4. The education system in Canada is one of the best in the world: The country tops the list of most educated countries in the world in 2020. Canadian schools offer access to modern sports facilities, art galleries, concert halls, and sophisticated technology at a lower price than the US or the UK.

    The country also has some of the top-ranked universities worldwide, such as the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University, and McMaster University. Some of the fields in which Canadians excel are computer, healthcare, information technology, engineering, telecommunications, and transportation. Many Canadian universities allow students to work as interns while they study and accrue professional experience.
  5. Canada offers the universal healthcare facility since the 1960s: It means that all its residents can access doctors or hospitals without paying anything for it. While the country spends half of what the US spends on public health, the quality of its healthcare programs is much higher. The life expectancy of people in Canada ranks among the top 20 in the world at 82 years.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Migration to Canada Do You Need to Fulfill?

The skilled workers who plan to immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry Program, have to meet the cut-off point of 67 points or score more than that on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Some of the eligibility criteria you need to meet to qualify for Permanent Residency (PR) status in Canada are:

  • Language Proficiency: It carries a maximum of 28 points - 24 points for the first official language and 4 points for the second official language. The two official languages of Canada are English and French.
  • Educational Qualification: It carries a maximum of 25 points. The certificate, diploma or degree you hold should be from Canada. Otherwise, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to prove that your education is equivalent to the Canadian credentials.
  • Work Experience: It carries a maximum of 15 points. You will be awarded points for full-time paid work under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) list. The points will depend on whether you worked while studying, who was your employer, and whether you have experience in working in Canada or overseas. The duration of work experience also makes a difference in how many points you get for this criterion.
  • Age: You can get a maximum of 12 points if you are between the ages of 18 and 35 years. You do not get any points if you are under 18 or older than 46 years.
  • Job Offer:If you already have a full-time paid job offer for one year from a Canadian employer, you can claim 10 points for it.
  • Adaptability:You can get a maximum of 10 points if your spouse or common-law partner is also qualified, has language skills, and has other credentials making him or her suitable for Canada PR.

V2I experts can help you calculate your CRS point score quickly and also advise you on how to boost it with a few simple steps.

What is the Processing Time for a Canadian Visa?

The processing time for a Canadian visa is the time it may take your visa application to be accepted or rejected. It usually depends on:

  • the type of visa you apply for,
  • whether your application is complete or not,
  • how long it takes for the immigration and visa office to verify information and process applications, and
  • how quickly you respond to any requests or concerns raised by the office.

Due to COVID-19, the processing of visas of Canadians returning to the country, vulnerable populations, and workers providing essential services are being prioritized. In general, a visitor visa takes 15-30 days to be processed, a student visa takes three days of processing, and work visas take four days to be processed. In developing countries, visa processing may take 12 months to 18 months because the background verification process there is quite slow.

V2I Canada immigration experts understand how to speed up your visa processing time by completing the application correctly and providing all the documents properly. Contact them now!

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