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Immigration to Canada

Going to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity.

If you want to immigrate to Canada, there are a few different ways to apply. You will need to decide which immigration program will work best for you and your family.

Find out about the requirements and the steps to apply in each category:

Canada selects economic class (skilled workers, professionals, investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed) immigrants for their potential economic contribution and ability to participate in the Canadian labour market.

Skilled worker class applicants are chosen on the basis of a "point" system that weighs criteria such as educational credentials, work experience, age, and knowledge of English and/or French. Only applicants who obtain sufficient points are eligible.

Anyone considering immigration to Canada must understand that:

  • the skilled worker class immigration program is not a "guest worker" program
  • skilled worker class immigrants must find their own jobs, be self-sufficient and have adequate funds to support their settlement in Canada
  • a non-refundable processing fee for each adult must be paid when submitting an application in the skilled worker class; applicants will not get their money back, even if the application is refused by the Embassy or withdrawn by the applicant; applicants must read the complete application kit before paying any money in immigration fees
  • Canadian Embassies do not assist people interested in immigrating to Canada in finding employment in Canada
  • temporary residents of Canada are not permitted to seek and take up permanent employment or to remain indefinitely

It is possible to apply for Canadian citizenship after residing permanently for three years in Canada as an immigrant and then only after other citizenship requirements have been met.

Before applying, please read the self-assessment guide on the web site carefully. To take an on-line self-assessment test, on the web site.

To download an application kit please visit:
Citizenship & Immigration Canada.

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Date Modified:
2012-02-21