PROGRAMS AND TYPES OF IMMIGRATION TO CANADA:

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Immigration to Canada opens up exciting prospects and opportunities to create a better life for you and your children. Any individual has the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. The most important is to determine which type of immigration best suits you.
The new Immigration law of Canada cancels the possibility to independently choose the registration location of your immigration application.
Therefore, if previously you could choose the location to submit your documents to, as for example Tel Aviv, Moscow, Warsaw or embassy in another city of another country, now, the registration of the immigration application is possible only in the consular department of the embassy of applicant’s country of residence.
The consulate is checking your immigration set of documents to have:
⦁ correctly filled immigration forms;
⦁ a receipt for Processing Fee payment;
⦁ all necessary documents (photocopies of passports, certificates, etc.)

In most cases, all the documents for immigration are processed through the Canadian Embassy, but in some cases, you can apply for permanent residence after moving to Canada (refugee status, protection from deportation).
Application process for student visa and work permit has is peculiarities.

 

The application process for provincial nominees

How you will apply depends on which Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream you are applying to. You might need to apply using the paper-based process, or the online process through Express Entry.

In both cases, you must apply in two stages:

First, you must decide where you want to live in Canada and apply to that province or territory for a nomination. They will review your application based on:

their immigration needs,

if you really plan to live there, and,

for Express Entry only—if you meet the minimum criteria of at least one of the federal immigration programs covered by Express Entry.

Note: If you are creating an Express Entry profile, you will be asked which provinces and territories you are interested in. They may contact you and ask you to submit a PNP application so they can nominate you. If you already have a nomination, you must show this in your profile.

The criteria by province and territory vary and can change without notice. To be nominated, you must follow the instructions on their website and contact them directly.

After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent residence. CIC will assess your application based on Canadian immigration law.

If your nomination is through Express Entry, you must be invited to apply by CIC before you can submit an electronic application for permanent residence.

As part of the process, you will have to pass a medical exam and get a police check (certificate). All immigrants must have these checks, no matter where they plan to live in Canada.

Decide which process you will use

The application process is determined by the PNP stream that you are applying for. There is a paper based process and an electronic process.

In the paper-based process:

You apply to the province or territory for nomination under a non-Express Entry stream  

You need to meet the eligibility requirements of the province that nominates you

Once you have been nominated, you submit a paper application for permanent residence to CIC

Application processing times are longer than through Express Entry  

In the online Express Entry process, there are two ways to apply:

You contact the province or territory and apply for a nomination under an Express Entry stream

If the province or territory agrees to nominate you, you create an Express Entry profile (or update your profile if you already have one) and show you have been nominated

OR

You create an Express Entry profile and show the provinces and territories you are interested in

If a province or territory sends you a “notification of interest” to your MyCIC account, you contact them directly

You apply to their Express Entry stream

In both cases:

You must meet the eligibility requirements of the province or territory, and

You must submit an Express Entry profile and show that you meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry, including being eligible for one of the immigration programs it covers

If you are invited to apply, you submit an electronic application to CIC

We expect to process most Express Entry applications in 6 months or less.

Note: We are updating the Express Entry system:

you can now earn additional points if you studied in Canada

a valid job offer now only needs to be for one year, and some job offers no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

the amount of points you get for a job offer has changed

if you are invited to apply, you now have 90 days instead of 60.

Published 20.03.17

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