Immigration to Canada: An Overview of the Available Categories

Canada is a nice place to live. Canada is giving the opportunity of immigration to peoples of other countries. It is relatively easy, specially for the skilled people and the people who has capability to contribute to their economy, for example the entrepreneurs.

The Canadian immigration program is actually a symbiosis. Canada will give opportunity to people and help them grow while at the same time these peoples activity will help grow the economy of Canada.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, there are five ways one can migrate to Canada. These are:

1. Skilled workers and professionals: For people who want to settle and work in Canada (outside of Quebec).

Right now they are allowing only 29 categories of skilled persons to be immigrated to Canada as skilled worker. This year (2011 to 12) they will process only 10000 skilled worker immigration visa. Not more than 500 visas will be allotted to any of the 29 categories. This is the most widely used category for immigration.

2. Quebec selected skilled workers: For people selected by the Quebec government to settle and work in Quebec.

French is the official language of Quebec. So, if somebody is planning to move to Quebec, he/she should try to get familiar with the language. However, understanding only English is not prohibited or is not considered as a deficiency for Quebec skilled worker migration.

3. Canadian Experience Class: For people who have recent Canadian work experience or have graduated and recently worked in Canada. This option is targeted to the person who have temporary permit to work or study in Canada. With this option they can convert their temporary permit to permanent one.

Canada gives this option to ensure that the people who are familiar with the working environment of Canada and have required skills, remain there and keep contributing to the economy.

4. Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed people: For people who want to start a business in Canada.

This program is aimed to attract experienced businessman to come, live and contribute to the economy of Canada. The view is that, through their activity, Canada will have a strong and prosperous economy. Business immigrants are expected to make a C$800,000 investment or to own and manage businesses in Canada, and must meet certain experience and/or net worth criteria.

5. Provincial nominees: One of Canada’s provinces or territories can nominate you to settle and work there. Each province has their own requirement and thus their program varies.

At this moment Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Yukon are Northwest Territories offering the scope. Their requirements are available in the respective website.

To bring non-immigrant family of a permanent resident (for example, newly married spouse) to Canada, the permanent resident can sponsor his/ her spouse. This could be considered as another way to migrate to Canada.

Of all above options, immigration as skilled worker is most popular. Occupation and experience is the key for successful migration in this category. Now the opportunity has been narrowed by making a list of only 29 occupations. Skilled workers in these occupations are only allowed for application. The scope is further narrowed by allowing only 500 person per occupation. Provincial nominee could be another option but should keep in mind the question- why the Canadians are not going to the region.

Whichever program one wishes to use to be immigrant of Canada, a fair amount of paperwork is required. Forms, including the application form can be downloaded from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website. Instruction are also available for submitting the documents.

More on Immigration to Canada is available at

Overview to apply for Canada Immigration as Skilled Worked is available at