The paradise for immigrants, Canada is coming up with new surprises every now and then. The 300,000 immigrants intake by August 2022 is a proof in itself that Canada is heavily dependent on immigration and looks forward to welcoming people from all over the world belonging to different ethnicities.
Canada’s welcoming nature and easy immigration processes have made it an ideal place for talented skilled individuals to migrate and settle in this land by becoming a permanent resident of the country.
There are a lot of benefits permanent residency in Canada offers making it an attractive and currently one of the top destinations for migration:
1. Right to Live and Work in Canada
Three Canadian cities, Calgary (third), Vancouver (fifth) and Toronto (eighth), have made to the top ten in the list of the world’s most livable cities in the Global Livability Index 2022. In addition to this, according to a report by US News and World Report, Canada was listed as the best country to live and work in the world.
With less crime, friendly people having community values, work life balance and a cultural balance, Canada’s permanent residence is one of the most sought-after PR in the world now.
Once you get a PR, you can move to any territory or province in Canada. You have the right to work with any employer of your choice, get free education for kids and access universal healthcare services.
2. Lucrative Job Opportunities
Due to rapid economic growth and a technology boost, Canada has long experienced labor shortages, which have been further worsened by the pandemic. Unemployment rates are at record lows and the demand for skilled workers is at an all time high. Canada currently has more than 900,000 unfilled jobs – a huge number that can be filled with a ready to work talent pool a.k.a immigrants.
3. Allows you to bring your family along!
Canada PR lays special emphasis on family ties and so family members (spouse, dependent children, parents) can also live, study or work in Canada if they become permanent residents.
4. Free Education for children
The government of Canada provides free education up to Grade 12 for all children of permanent residents. Canadian education has three levels: primary, secondary, and higher education which is totally free for children upto 18 years of age.
Not only this, university education comes at a subsidised rate for your children if you are a permanent resident of Canada.
5. Universal Healthcare
The Canadian government offers universal healthcare to all its subjects including permanent residents. In other words, if you are a permanent resident, the medical care for you is completely free covering the prescription drugs that are paid through the taxes.
Please note, this doesn’t include the dental and eye care. You are also eligible to apply for public health insurance as a permanent resident in Canada.
6. Social Benefits
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works to improve the overall quality of life for all Canadians including permanent residents.
Social benefits you get as permanent residents include COVID-19 benefits, child benefit, Employment Insurance, pensions and benefits for housing, training, education, family, people with disabilities and so on.
7. Road to Canadian Citizenship
Permanent residence is the first step to getting the Canadian passport. Permanent residence visa is valid for 5 years.
In order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you need to be physically present in the country for 1095 days, that is three out of five years.
Please note: Only those 5 years preceding the date of your citizenship application will be valid.
8. Freedom to Move and settle anywhere in Canada
The PR card gives you the freedom to move outside, inside or remain in Canada any number of times you want. You can also make a move to another province and make it your home.
9. Freedom to Start a Business
Permanent residents have almost all the rights as a citizen except for a Canadian passport or ability to vote or become an electoral candidate. They can legally start their own enterprise or invest in a franchise or start a new business with sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation.
10. Safe & Secure Environment
Canada is one of the most peaceful countries in the world with absolutely no history of unrest. With crime rates as low and lucrative job opportunities for everyone, people are overall happier, satisfied and believe in living in a community.
How to get PR in Canada?
There are 100+ immigration pathways to move to Canada. Here are the top 5 categories you can get a PR:
1. Express Entry
There are a number of Canadian immigration programs available for a permanent residence visa. The most popular among these programs is Express Entry Program (EE). Canada plans to welcome 110,000 Express Entry immigrants per year by 2024.
The processing time of the Express Entry Program is super fast and it is one of the most sought after Canada Immigration programs.
Read everything you need to know about this program here.
2. Family Class Immigration
A candidate with PR can bring their family members to Canada using Family Class Immigration Program.
You can sponsor the following people:
- Common-law partner
- Conjugal partner
- Dependent children
- *Orphans under the age of 18
3. Provincial Nominee Program
Started in 1998, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the 2nd most attractive immigration program to migrate to Canada as a skilled worker after Express Entry. Canada has 13 political divisions, with ten largely self-governing provinces and three territories with a lesser degree of self-government. Each province and territory has its own exclusive economic and geographic needs.
Together with each province, the Canadian government operates an immigration program called the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Each program is designed to meet the province’s or territory’s needs for business individuals, investors, or skilled workers.
All provinces have their own rules that target specific groups. The rules contain requirements to qualify as a nominee under a program. Provinces do not approve permanent resident status, but nominate it.
The power to approve permanent resident status rests with the federal government. This is why Provincial programs are referred to as “nominee” programs.
Read a comprehensive guide here.
4. Business Immigration
If you are a businessman looking to set up a business in a country full of opportunities and skilled talent, Canada has the perfect program for you – Business Immigration program.
5. Atlantic Immigration Program
The Atlantic Immigration Program is a federal program for skilled foreign workers and international students looking to permanently settle and work in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces.
Read a comprehensive guide on Atlantic Immigration Program here.
How many points are required for a Canada PR Visa?
Currently, a candidate needs a minimum of 67 points out of the total 100 to apply for permanent residence in Canada. These points are calculated based on the following factors:
You can gain maximum points if you are younger under certain immigratoion programs. In the case of a Federal Skilled Worker Program, you can get more points if your age is below 30 as per CRS.
The minimum education requirements for migrating to Canada is the Canadian equivalent of secondary school level education. However, you gain more points if you have higher educational qualifications such as bachelors and masters. You gain even more points if any of these educational credentials are acquired in Canada.
English language Proficiency
English and French are widely spoken in Canada with English being the primary language in most of the provinces. IELTS and CELPIP are used to assess your English proficiency and you need to have a minimum band score to qualify. Please note, the minimum requirements depend on the program you are applying for.
However, having a high band score can fetch you more points thereby increasing your chances of getting qualified for Canadian immigration.
Applicants who have at least one year of work experience (30 hours per week) in a skilled job get more points under the CRS. With more experience, you can get more points and improve your chances.
An applicant gets extra points for the ability to adapt to the country. If you have a spouse with an eligible IELTS score or blood relation in Canada, you can get extra points.
After the initial requirement is fulfilled, you must then apply for one of the pathways to Canada as mentioned above.
Other Important FAQs
What is the best way for an Indian to file for Canada PR?
The Express Entry system is one of the most effective and fastest ways to file for Canada PR. It allows skilled workers to secure a PR visa in Canada.
If you are eligible for Express Entry, you can create a profile online, submit the relevant documents and file your visa application with the help of a Licensed Immigration Consultant.
Can you lose PR visa status in Canada?
The PR status remains valid for 5 years and you need to renew it before the expiry date. You can also lose Canadian permanent resident status if you have not stayed in Canada for a minimum of 730 days in the last five years.
You can also lose your PR if you:
- Become a Canadian Citizen
- Become inadmissible to Canada
- Renounce your PR status
Which countries can you travel to with a Canadian Permanent Resident Card?
Canadian permanent residence allows you to travel to 25 countries without having to acquire a visa.
How can Keel’s Licensed Immigration Consultant help?
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Dedicated Success Manager
Your Success Manager remains with you every step of your Canada PR journey making it smooth, transparent and efficient.
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We help you with interviews and your IELTS preparation. We provide the best coaches who help you get your desired band score.
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