Planning Your Canadian Immigration

An immigration plan is similar to a good business plan, You need to know your goal, what the requirements are to reach your goal, have a plan that anticipates each step, and execute your plan.  The more detailed your plan, the easier to implement.

Know your goal:  Your general goal is immigration to Canada.  A specific goal would be under what class of immigration you intend to apply.  The classes of immigration under which you can presently apply are:


1.    Federal Skilled Worker Class: This is the class most frequently used by new applicants for Canadian immigration.  There is more flexibility here because not only are there Federal needs for certain vocations, but a number of Provinces likewise have their own specific needs.  If you qualify for one of these,  the provincial government  will aid you in your application and in some cases it pushes you closer to the top of the waiting list for application processing.

2.    Canadian Experience Class: an immigration category for Canada’s temporary foreign workers and international graduate students who wish to become Permanent Residents. This class was first implemented in 2007.

3.    Business Class:  This class is for Investors, Entrepreneurs, and the Self-Employed.  Applications in this class generally take less time than the Federal Skilled Worker Class. 

4.    Family Class:  This class of immigrant must be  sponsored to come to Canada by a relative such as a parent,  fiancĂ©(e), spouse, or common-law partner.  A common-law partner is defined as a person of the opposite or same sex with whom you are in a conjugal relationship and who is currently cohabiting with you and has done so for at least one year.

5.    Quebec Selected Immigration: Skilled Worker / Professional applicants intending to reside in Montreal or another city in the Province of Quebec are selected based upon a different set of criteria than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada. The Quebec Immigration selection system is designed to indicate the likelihood of succeeding in settling in Quebec.

6.    Provincial Nominees Class: In this classification a prospective immigrant applies to a Province which has certain established needs. If you fit their immigration criteria, then the province(s) then aid(s) in the application process. Provinces and territories share authority with the federal government and can fast track applications.

7.    Refugees Class: Applicants in this class are admitted under special rules.

8.    Others: (visitor visa, temporary employment authorization,) and so on…

Requirements and steps to reach your goal:  What are the specific requirements for entering Canada under your proposed class of immigration.  This can be accomplished by studying the CIC (Citizenship and  Immigration Canada office) requirements.

Have a plan that anticipates each step:  Make a checklist of all requirements for your selected class of immigration.  Put in as much detail as possible.  You may need to modify the list  by including additional steps as the process continues.

Execute your plan:   This includes all immigration steps needed before you can be considered for immigration to Canada, and before the CIC can approve or disapprove your application for immigration.  This may be done through an attorney or Immigration Consultant OR you may take the initiative and do all the paperwork yourself.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.   

With an Immigration Attorney or Immigration Consultant, you are paying for their knowledge of the process and at the same time you are going to pay several thousand dollars more in fees.  If you do it yourself it will require more research and personal work on your part, but you will be able to complete the process in a much less expensive manner.

Like a business plan, going through all the steps will not necessarily mean success.  However, by organizing yourself and systematizing the process on your end, there is a greater likelihood that you will be successful.  This assumes of course that you meet the prerequisites for immigration in your selected class.

Lamar Ross is an author, educator, internet entrepreneur, and international traveler. He has a special interest in training individuals for expatriate living and providing information on unique travel destinations. For more information on simplifying your application for Canada Immigration, go to []