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Permanent Residency (PR)

Canada is a geographically huge country with one highest GDPs in the world with per capita GDP of U.S. $42,080. The country also has huge area, both land and water, and one of the lowest population density with less than 4 people per square kilometer. Besides this, Canada is known for its contribution of world peace and is also one of the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world.


This country has a unique personality as the population is culturally diverse and you see large number of ethnicity. This is nothing surprising, however, as Canada is one of the most immigration-friendly countries in the world. This country has always been an immigrant friendly, welcoming thousands of international students as well as permanent residents every year. The country has some of the most liberal policies international students. The students are encouraged to find jobs after they complete their course and settle in the country. Eventually, people can also apply for citizenship. This student-visa to citizenship route is the traditional way for people from different countries to settle down in Canada. Alternatively, people can also choose to go for permanent residency.


What is Canada PR?


Permanent residency is granted to people who are not Canadian citizens, giving them the right to live and work in Canada. There is no time limit on their stay. This is a way for working professionals to move to Canada and eventually settle down in the country. Statistics suggest that top country to apply and gain permanent residency in Canada is India.


By gaining permanent residency, these foreign nationals have most of the rights that Canadian citizens enjoy, unlike with student visa. Besides having the freedom to study, work and live anywhere in the country, unless specified, permanent residents have access to social benefits like free education for their children and state health care facilities. People can also gain permanent residency and move to Canada with the family. Another advantage of permanent residency is that after staying in the country for a specified number of years, one can apply citizenship. As of now, the regulation states that a person who has lived in Canada on permanent residency for three years can apply for citizenship.


What are the different Canada immigration or PR programs?


People can apply through different immigration programs set up by Canadian government. These programs made for people in different work sectors and industries. This way immigration is not limited to certain industries. People categorized as skilled workers, self-employed, businessperson, investors and many other have the opportunity to move to Canada through these categories.




Skilled Immigrants Program (Direct Invitation through Express Entry) 


Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)   


Self-employed Persons Program 


Business, Investors & Entrepreneurs Program


It is important to understand what category is applicable to you. It depends on the kind of work you are involved with and the purpose of moving. Applying for permanent residency has a set procedure and requires step by step execution. Rao Consultants, ICCRC-authorized organization, helps you understand the details and supports you from ground-up until you land in Canada.


Canada Express Entry


Express Entry is one of the most popular systems for people wanting to immigrate to Canada. Canada attracts people from different walks of life from all over the world, and this system has an array of provisions. People belonging to different industries and occupations can take advantage of the versatility that Express Entry offers to pursue their dreams of moving to Canada. Implemented in 2015, this system manages immigration applications for Canada’s economic immigrant programs. Programs for which applications are processed through Express Entry include:

·        Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) 

 This program is meant for working professionals who want to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Besides language proficiency and education requirements, people must have a minimum of one-year work experience. This program is aimed at skilled workers like those in IT industry, Finance, and other such industries.

·        Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) 

This program is for people who have a trade license, where usually both physical and manual work is required. This program is applicable for people working in construction industry or for those in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and other such sectors.

·        Canadian Experience Class (CEC) 

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is specifically aimed at foreign nationals who have had at least one year of experience working in Canada. CEC allows such people to immigrate permanently to Canada. This is a way that this country acknowledges talented foreign nationals who are already working in Canada. This program allows such people and families to adopt the country as their own.


Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is rapidly becoming one of the most popular immigration programs in Canada. This program requires the provinces to nominate your immigration and in past few years, the provinces have increased their nominations.


Eligibility for PNP


Like with all immigration programs, no matter what province you plan to choose, foreign nationals must pass a medical exam and get a police check. Besides these two things, rest of the requirements will be different from province to province.


PNP targets skilled and semi-skilled workers, international students, businessmen and other people in similar categories.  It is most likely for a province to nominate you if you have certain qualifications.


You must have the potential to contribute to the province’s economy. This criterion is gauged by the kind of education and skills you have. You can also show enough work experience in a certain field.


You wish to live and work in a certain province or territory for a long time and eventually become a permanent resident of Canada.


Provinces that have Provincial Nominee Program


Canada is geographically and economically a huge country but has a very low population density. This is why, inviting foreign nationals to study, work and stay in the country helps Canada improve its economy. For this reason, many provinces are encouraging talented and skilled people from different countries to live and work there. There are several provinces and territories in Canada that have and boost the PNP immigration program. They are: 

  • Alberta 
  • British Columbia 
  • Manitoba 
  • New Brunswick 
  • Newfoundland and Labrador 
  • Northwest Territories 
  • Nova Scotia 
  • Ontario 
  • Prince Edward Island 
  • Saskatchewan 
  • Yukon

It is important to note that every province has its own unique criteria and application process. The target groups for every territory will also vary and may be subject to change from time to time. As someone looking to immigrate to Canada through this program, one should carefully consider the requirements of each territory.


Self-employed Persons Program


This is a program for individuals who are not working for some company but are managing their own occupation independently. In order to be eligible for this program, individuals must show at least 2-years of experience in their chosen occupation and also score minimum required points in relevant grid. These points will confirm if the individual has the capability to become self-employed in Canada and make enough economic contribution to the country.


This program is mainly aimed at people in cultural fields like those who are artists, designers, film-making, musicians, writers, technical experts for motion pictures and dramas, dancers, and many others. This is also a category for athletes and sports professionals.


Business Immigration Programs


Business immigration program allows interested investors, entrepreneurs, and businessmen to move to Canada. The country welcomes such individuals as it encourages development of businesses and might create revenue as well as jobs in the country. These individuals, however, must prove their capability to invest and run a business as well as intention to be a business in the country.


Start-up Visa Program


This is a program for foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada and carry-out a business in the country. To qualify under this program, there are some eligibility criteria. One must show a qualifying business and have support from designated organizations. One must have enough funds to set up a business and also for supporting himself until the business starts making money. Like any other program, this one also required language proficiency and other admissible requirements.