How Having Relatives In Canada Help You With Your Immigration Process

Having relatives in Canada can have a positive impact on your process of immigration. Not only will their experience of the entire process come in handy but also they can add value to your application. Let us see how


Additional to family sponsorship programs, there are other ways that a relative in Canada be beneficial to your application. Some immigration programs give a notable advantage to candidates that already have family members in Canada by blood, adoption, marriage or common-law partnership. The relative must be at least 18 years old and must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

The Express Entry system includes some federal skilled worker programs, such as Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTP) and some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). The Express Entry consists of ranking eligible candidates according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). After being ranked, they may be invited to apply for Permanent Residency in a draw. The draw occurs periodically from time to time(approximately every 15 days)

Higher scores mean higher the chances to receive an invitation. Thus, having siblings can be of great advantage, since it gives 15 extra points to applicants.

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Although the way of calculating points in the Federal Skilled Worker program(FSWP) is slightly different from the Express Entry CRS, the FSWP also awards points for candidates who have relatives in Canada. To be eligible, candidates must meet at least 67 points out of 100. 5 points are awarded in the Adaptability factor for candidates that have family members living in Canada, such as parents; grandparents; child; a grandchild; sibling; niece or nephew and aunt or uncle.


Many of the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada also offer extra points to applicants who have family in Canada. The following are the list of such provinces 


Holding a strong connection to the province of Saskatchewan can potentially award 30 points to an applicant. This connection could be through family (20 points), work (5 points) or study experience (5 points). The Saskatchewan government accepts for family connection the following: parents; sibling; grandparent; aunt or uncle; niece or nephew; cousin; and step-family members or in-laws of the same relationships.


Similar to Saskatchewan province, Manitoba province also award extra points to an applicant that has a strong connection to the province. A close family may award 20 points out of 25 in the adaptability factor while distant relatives and friends may award only10 out of the 25 maximum in the same factor.


The New Brunswick province also has a provision for providing extra points for having relatives living in the province.


The two Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador also offers at most 7 out of 13 points to applicants having close relatives in the province under the adaptability factor of its PNP program.

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