Federal Programs for Permanent Residence in Canada
- Business Immigration
- Skilled Workers
- Skilled Trades
- Canadian Experience Class
- Family Sponsorships
- Humanitarian & Compassionate Applications
Business Immigration to Canada
There are 3 business immigration categories under the Federal business immigration program:
This program is currently under review by the Canadian Federal Government. No new applications are currently accepted under this program.
In January 2013, Immigration Canada started accepting applications for Skilled Trades Program.
Canadian Experience Class
Persons who have worked or have studied and worked in Canada may be able to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada under the Canadian Experience Class.
In order to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada under the Canadian Experience Class the person must:
- plan to live in Canada, but outside the Province of Quebec
- have worked in Canada legally for at least two years full-time (or equivalent) as a skilled worker, OR
- have studied in Canada for at least two years in qualifying program(s) of studies, and graduated from Canadian post-secondary institution(s), and have worked in Canada legally for at least one year full-time (or equivalent) as a skilled worker
- have worked, or studied and worked in Canada with properly obtained work permit, or study permit and work permit
- submit an application for Permanent Residence in Canada under Canadian Experience Class while working in Canada, or within one year of leaving job in Canada
- have sufficient knowledge of English or French
According to the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC), skilled worker should have:
- Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or
- Skill Level A (professional occupations) or
- Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)
See video about Canadian Experience Class for International Students:
See video about Canadian Experience Class for Temporary Foreign Workers:
Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada may be able to sponsor family members to immigrate to Canada as sponsored family members and become Permanent Residents of Canada.
If requirements of the sponsorship process are satisfied, Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada may sponsor the following categories of family members:
- Spouse of opposite sex or same sex (and dependent children of the spouse)
- Common-law partner of opposite sex or same sex (and dependent children of the common-law partner)
- Conjugal Partner of opposite sex or same sex (and dependent children of the conjugal partner)
- Dependent Children
- Adopted Children
- Parents (and their dependent children)
- Orphaned relatives under 18 years of age and not married or in a common-law relationship, such as: brothers or sisters, nephews or nieces, granddaughters or grandsons
- Another relative, if a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada has no living spouse or common-law partner, conjugal partner, a son or daughter, parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece who could be sponsored as a member of the family class, and has no relative who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or registered as an Indian under the Indian Act
Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications
Persons may submit an application for Permanent Residence in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds, provided that their personal circumstances are such that the hardship of having to obtain a permanent resident visa from outside of Canada would be unusual and undeserved or disproportionate.