Cold might be the first thing that comes to mind when we think about Canada. And it makes sense to be like that, after all, winters are really challenging there. But here are some good news: For a start, cold can be fun too! Second, the country is prepared for it. Third, It might not be as cold as you'd imagine:
Life quality may be the second thing that comes to mind, and again, it is a valid conception. Canada is ranked on 13° place (out of 189 countries) on the 2019 Human Development Index Ranking, which means, in practical terms, that life quality is (very!) good there. Health care is good, education is good, safety is good, and the list goes on and on.
And here is the great news (that you probably already know) - Canada is looking for skilled immigrants! There is a shortage of workers in serveral professions, so immigration is a traditional source of economy-boost. There are many incentives to attract immigrants, for an example - citizenship might be granted after a few years.
Take a look at these impressive numbers on immigration, from the official 2019 Anual Report to Parliament on Immigration :
There are several paths to immigration. This website provides a step-by-step guide on how to go through one of them - Permanent Residency visa, through the Federal Skilled Worker program, using the official proccess called "Express Entry".
Let's go over some of the basics.
There are several ways one can move to Canada. Here are some options:
Again, Canada is looking for skilled workers (population growing old, etc. etc). However, there are specific sets of skills needed the most, and there is a process in place to make sure people with those skills are selected first. This process is called Express Entry.
Express Entry is the official process in place to select skilled workers and grant them with a Permanent Residency visa.
The process consists basically of two major phases:
PHASE 1 - You submit a form saying you have interest, and stating your information like number of dependents, education, English level, etc. No need to provide any documents yet.
PHASE 2 - If you get enough points, they send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA), and you now send all the required documents. If everything is ok, you get your PR.
The two phases mentioned above are a very summarized way of putting it.
Here is a more detailed approach:
The items above are just a summary, each one has it's own set of procedures, which are all covered in detail on this website.
If you plan on give it a try, and move forward on the process, you can celebrate - you just finished the first step - "understand the process"! Set this as "done" on the button below, and move on to the next step.
How long will it take?
A typical process takes around 1 year to be completed (get visa).
How much will it cost?
A typical process costs somewhere between $1000 and $2000 (CAD) in fees.
Does each member of my family need to go throguh this whole process?
No. Only one person do this proccess, as main applicant, and family members are included as dependents.
Do I need to be officially married to take my sopouse/partner?
No. Canada accepts "common-law partners" as well as typical marriage certificates.
This website details all the steps needed, so all you have to do is follow the instructions.
Track your progress - After you complete each item, click on the "Set as Done" button for that step, and move on to the next task.