During the whole pandemic, CEC and PNP were the best immigration programs. In fact, those were the only programs active.
But that has changed now. In 2022, IRCC brought back the "No Program Specified" draws, and made it the norm again.
Which means that there is no priority over a specific program anymore. So now, whoever has a bigger CRS score will be invited to immigrate to Canada, regardless of the program.
In other words, the best way for you to immigrate to Canada is:
The Federal Skilled Worker program is probably the best program to immigrate to Canada in 2023.
Each case is different, of course, and some other program might be better for your specific case. But in general, FSW is a good option for most people.
The reason for that is, as mentioned above, all Express Entry draws are now happening with "No Program Specified".
That means that any program you qualify for will make you eligible to immigrate to Canada.
And FSW happens to be the only program that qualifies people without Canadian work experience / studies / job offer / province nomination.
Yes. A province nomination will give you 600 points on Express Entry, which will pretty much guarantee that you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
The bad side of PNP is that most of the provincial programs require you to have at least one or more of the following items:
Most people wanting to immigrate to Canada don't have any of the items above, which makes PNP not a good option.
You can always go to Canada temporarily (usually through studies) and get some of the items above, sure. But the cost, time and risks involved can be high.
Which makes me reinforce that, in my opinion, FSW is probably a better option.
Yes, it is possible. But it is very hard.
Mostly because it is just easier for companies to hire local workers. And cheaper and faster too.
So, if you are very specialized in your profession, enough to justify a company to go through the trouble of hiring you, then yes, chances are you can get a job offer.
But if a company can find someone to do the job that already lives in Canada, chances are they will hire that person instead.
Canada needs workers, and that is true. But the media tends to exaggerate that statement a bit, giving the impression that they are desperate, which is not always true.
Let's be clear about it: Students are not immigrants.
Study visas are temporary visas, and you are expected to leave the country after you finish your studies.
But studies can lead to Permanent Residence through some of the existing immigration programs.
So, if you believe that studying in Canada will make you eligible for a good program, and will give you good chances of receiving an invitation through that program, the study route might be good for you.
It definitely has worked for thousands of people in the past, and might work for you. Just be aware that the costs, time and risks involved are usually big.
Each case is different, but in general, the best ways to immigrate to Canada in 2023 are:
This article is based on the author's perspective and opinion.
Each case should be analyzed separately, and an immigration path that works for someone not necessarily will work for you.