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Every year, thousands of people make decisions about moving to another country. It can be temporary residence or work, but most often the goal is to change your place of residence on a permanent basis. There may be several reasons, all of them are related to the desire to improve the financial situation and the quality of life in general.
Canada is one of the most popular countries for immigration of Ukrainians, Russians and residents of other post-Soviet countries. According to forecasts, this country plans to receive over 400,000 immigrants annually for 2021-2023. Despite the rather large planned number, there are much more applications for immigration. And there is a logical explanation for this.
Moving to Canada, a person gets a lot of benefits:
This is facilitated by huge reserves of natural resources and a developed industry, which allows them to be used rationally. We supplement this with competent management of the country, which is oriented towards the interests of citizens, and we will get one of the most comfortable countries to live in. This is confirmed by the fact that Canada is included in the list of economic leaders of the G7.
High quality of life
Canada has one of the highest levels of medicine and education. Paying hefty taxes, Canadians get practically free medicine and a well-developed infrastructure that significantly improves living standards. Service in government and social services is also at a high level, so each citizen sees what his money is spent on.
High level of security
Canada has a fairly low crime rate. This was achieved thanks to the well-organized work of law enforcement agencies and citizens. The police here have the confidence of the population, so a large number of crimes can be prevented.
In most of the populated areas, it is comparable to the European one, although you can always choose the warmer Toronto or Vancouver. If you are used to hot summers and frosty winters, then the provinces of Manitoba or Alberta will be more familiar to you. Excellent ecology, clean air and incredible nature make many tourists think about moving.
Large number of immigrants
This factor allows you to quickly adapt in view of the rather large diaspora of immigrants from post-Soviet countries. The culture and heritage of immigrant peoples is honored here, so newly arrived people do not feel infringed and quickly learn.
How to immigrate to Canada?
Another reason for choosing Canada is its hospitality and the large number of relocation opportunities. This is due to the fact that, despite all the advantages of living here, the country is not densely populated and for its further development people are needed who are able to contribute to this. In order to attract skilled workers to Canada, the government creates various programs, the conditions of which can significantly improve the standard of living for immigrants.
Possible options for immigration are:
Admission to one of the universities in the country
It is possible to do this both immediately after school, having only a certificate, and with an already existing diploma of higher or incomplete higher education. You can master a new direction and get a second education or continue to study in the chosen profile.
For admission, you will need a document on education, which you have and a certificate confirming your level of knowledge of the English language. There are several exam formats, as a result of which you can get this certificate: IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and others. When choosing an educational institution, you must first clarify which of the certificates is accepted upon admission.
Initially, a student visa is issued for a period that corresponds to the chosen curriculum: 1.2 or 4 years. After that, already in Canada, you can apply for a work visa and, with the help of your employer, obtain permanent resident status. It is important to understand that the cost of studying in Canada is quite high; if you have a student visa, you can only work partly - no more than 20 hours a week.
Through the Express Entry Immigration System
This government system was launched in 2015 to organize a faster and better immigration process. In fact, this is a database of profiles of potential immigrants, which are filled in according to a number of criteria. For each of the points, a certain number of points is awarded, which in total make up the candidate's rating. The maximum possible number is 1200 points, the smallest number at which the candidate received an invitation is 438.
The assessment is carried out according to the following criteria:
Work experience and skills in various fields;
Level of English and / or French;
Availability of an invitation;
Participation in the government's immigration program.
The same requirements apply to a partner or family members if you are not immigrating on your own. At the same time, the type of visa for different family members may differ.
Candidates are checked approximately twice a month. Those with the most points receive an invitation.
Having received an invitation from the employer
In this case, there are two areas: highly qualified specialists, as well as nannies for children and nurses for the elderly and disabled.
The list of professions is quite large and covers different spheres of life of Canadians:
HR and recruiters;
Wages and the need for certain workers depend on the region and its economic development. In Ontario and Vancouver, wages can be 1.5-2 times higher than in Quebec, but in any of the options, the standard of living of people in Canada is quite high.
Babysitting and Nursing Programs were launched in 2019. After entering one of them, the immigrant is issued a work visa. Also, a work visa can be obtained by a spouse, if the couple has children - a study permit.
A work visa for a Home Child Care Provider Pilot nanny or a Home Support Worker Pilot nurse opens with a connection to the profession, but a person can independently choose an employer.
Pilot programs for immigrants
In this case, there are also two options:
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is focused on populating four provinces. The list includes Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island. In this region, there is a need for workers in various fields. The program is designed for three years, during this period the country's authorities plan to accept 10,000 immigrants.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Program builds on the previous program. The goal is to populate Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories. The program is designed for 5 years.
With a certain frequency, other provincial immigration programs are launched, which are focused on settling in various regions. The conditions may vary slightly, as different provinces may require different workers.
At the moment, there are also BC Tech Pilot programs for IT professionals and International Experience Canada, focused on temporary employment. The latter has the most flexible conditions.
Marry a Canadian citizen or citizen
Despite the fact that this is one of the most popular methods, it is quite difficult. In Canada, there is a fairly serious marriage verification procedure in order to exclude fictitious relationships. In addition to interviews and checks, the host undertakes to provide the immigrant spouse for at least 2 years.
Open your own business in Canada
The goal of this program is to create jobs for Canadians. When choosing a program, you need to focus on the location in which you want to live and develop your business. If location doesn't matter to you, you can focus on federal programs. The main selection criterion is the ability of the business to meet the needs of the region's residents. Depending on this, the conditions for obtaining a visa are formed.
Regardless of which method you choose for yourself, you need to collect a fairly extensive list of documents. The composition of the package may vary depending on the requirements of a particular structure that checks each of the categories of immigrants.
Due to the 2020 quarantine restrictions, the duration of immigration programs may be adjusted. This is due to the fact that the country was unable to accept the planned number of immigrants due to the need to close the borders. Changes may also affect the package of documents, the current information must be clarified at the time of submission of the full package.
What do you need to immigrate to Canada?
If you decide to move to Canada for a certain time or have chosen this country for permanent residence, you must contact the Canadian Embassy in your country.
The mandatory package includes the following documents:
citizen's passport and international passport;
a certificate of the presence of movable and immovable property, bank statements and ownership of other assets may also be required;
higher education diploma and certificate;
certificate of good conduct;
an invitation from the host, it can be an employer, university, spouse, etc.
a certificate of an international format, reflecting the level of knowledge of English (the format also depends on the program).
This list can be much larger, it all depends on the requirements that are provided for by the program you have chosen. The final result is influenced not only by the availability of all documents, but also by the correctness of their execution, as well as the completeness of information about you and your family. The purpose of collecting these documents is to show that you can contribute to the Canadian economy as a future citizen.
Who can help?
It is important to understand that the presence of a refusal from the embassy significantly reduces the chances of obtaining a visa in the future. Therefore, if you want to increase your chances, it is best to contact an immigration consultant. You can find it using our service.
An experienced immigration consultant will be able to select the right program for you and your loved ones, based on your requirements and capabilities. He will be able to properly prepare you for the submission of documents, as well as give recommendations that will increase the chances of opening a visa to Canada.
The second point is the collection of a package of documents. With the help of an agent, you will be able to provide all the necessary documents and certificates that will reflect your capabilities and reliability. In any case, these will be your documents, the task of the consultant will be to ensure that they are collected in full and submitted in the correct format. Most agents can help fill out the questionnaire in English if you know you can make a mistake on your own.