5 steps to move to Canada

Every year an approximate of about 250,000 immigrants move to Canada. There are many legal ways to move to Canada and many of you can qualify for at least one of them. Following are the step by step instructions as to how to make your Canada Immigration a success.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

There are multiple reasons as to why your immigration request could be denied. Here are some of them

  • human or international rights violations
  • health
  • Criminal records.
  • misrepresentation
  • financial reasons
  • non-compliance with IRPA (Immigration Refugee Protection Act)
  • having an inadmissible family member

Make sure to check your eligibility before applying for immigration.

Step 2: Choosing the right type of legal residency for you in Canada.

 It is very essential to choose the right way to apply to be a Canadian resident. There can be many factors that may decide the perfect type of legal residency for you. Following are a few of the options available.

  • Express Entry(for skilled workers): The skilled worker class has it easier when it comes to getting accepted for a residency, they are considered by many to be the most effective way to gain entry to Canada. Anyone who has at least a year of experience in full time managerial, professional or skilled trade work experience may apply for express entry. Under this category, the officials will take into consideration your age, work experience, education and your field of interest.
  • Provincial: This type of residency occurs when a specific Canadian province selects you to move to it, it is rather a rare type of residency.
  • Family-Sponsored: Under this category, a family member who is already living in Canada can sponsor your immigration to Canada.
  • Spouse Sponsored: This category is applicable if your spouse is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident over the age of 18. Your spouse can then sponsor you to live in Canada as a permanent resident provided you can prove that the marriage was genuine and not just an attempt at gaining residency.
  • Quebec-Selected: This category is very alike the provincial category, the only difference is that it is the provincial government that selects you on behalf of the federal government. It is majorly applicable to students, business people, temporary workers and refugees who only want to move to Quebec.
  • International Adoption: In the category, Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have adopted a child from a different country can secure the child’s Canadian residency.
  • Refugees: This category is for people who are fleeing their home country for security reasons such as natural calamities, civil war, etc. Canada is one of the leading countries in the refugee relocation program.
  • Self-employed: This category may gain you a residency as a self-employed person provided you can prove that you earn at least $40,000 per year and can continue earning that amount living in Canada.
  • Caregivers: If you are someone who wants to move to Canada to take care of a Canadian resident you may apply for a caregiver visa.

Step 3: Completing the application and paying the application fees.

 The most important thing is choosing the most relevant application for your situation for a visa. For example, a person who is moving to Canada as a skilled worker under Express Entry will have a very different application compared to someone who is moving under the business category visa. It is therefore very important to choose the most relevant application and knowing the right way to send those applications. Finally, make sure to pay your application fees in full or your application may not be processed

Step 4: Wait for your Visa

Understand that the response to your application will take some time. Even for someone who applied under Express Entry he or she may have to wait for at least 6 months to get a response. Thus it is very essential to apply as soon as you know that you have to move to Canada.

In case your application gets rejected you will have to reapply and you may do so only if the situation changes significantly, the application cost is very high thus the application has to make sense unless you have money to spare. You cannot under no circumstances, contest your application.

Step 5: Make the transition

After you have got hold of your visa, it’s all about making the transition to Canada. You may follow the following checklist.

  • Gather the proper documentation before you move.
  • Catalog apartments and houses in the area you plan to live in.
  • Purchase private health insurance.
  • Improve your language skills(English or French).
  • Find a job.
  • Apply for a citizenship

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