There are five main categories, under which one may become a Permanent Resident of Canada. Here is a brief description of each:
EXPRESS ENTRY CATEGORY
This path may be for you if you are a skilled worker, whose services are in demand in Canada. The Express Entry System allows the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to assess and choose immigrants with certain skills under federal economic immigration programs
The Canadian Provinces and Territories are also allowed to utilize the Express Entry System to directly recruit qualified people needed for their local economies.
This path to Permanent Residency Status is designed for people, who have the knowledge, skills and the resources to successfully establish a new business or invest in an existing business in Canada. There are 3 sub-categories under this program. Here is a brief review of each:
- Self Employed Persons
The Investors Program
This program is designed to attract people with relatively high net-worth to permanently immigrate to Canada. Of course they can bring along their qualified family members as well.
What are the Requirements for Investors’ Stream?
Qualified Applicants for this Program must show that they are able to:
- Have experience in operation, management of a viable business
- Have a net worth of at least $1,600,000, which can be traced to a legitimate source
- Have the ability to invest $800,000 for five years with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada which acts as an agent on behalf of provincial and territorial
investment funds. Of course, this amount can be financed.
This business immigration program is designed for two types of self-employed people such as:
- Those who will either establish or purchase a qualified business in Canada, which contributes significantly to the overall Canadian Economy, Cultural Milieu or Artistic Expressions
- Those whose have quantifiable experience in managing and operation a farm in Canada. Of course, they would require the necessary financial resources as well
- Professional athletes, actors, consultants, and owners of small business outlets that may be in demand in Canada are some more of those who may qualify
Family Immigration Category
Every year Canada welcomes over 280,000 successful applicants for it Permanent Residency Programs. Many of them obtain (PR) Cards through Family sponsorship. In fact, the Canada has traditionally been one of the most compassionate countries in keeping families together.
Of course there are many options, under which family members may qualify. Here are some of such sponsorship programs:
What are the requirements for Spousal Sponsorship?
An Outland Sponsorship is required, when the sponsored partner is living outside of Canada. However, the applicant spouse can be in Canada and still apply through the Outland program.
The other potential option for Spousal/Common-Law Sponsorship is Inland Sponsorship Program. This path allows the sponsorship to take place, when the couple is together in Canada and the foreign spouse/common-law partner is in Canada under a temporary status.
The sponsors must be able to prove that they:
- Are Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada;
- Are at least 18 years old;
- Can provide the basic necessities of life for themselves and their sponsored, such as food, clothing, and shelter;
The sponsored spouse must be at least 18 years old and must have an abstract of medical, criminal and background check. It also must be proven that the marriage is genuine and not a sham and so on. However, under this program, Canada allows the Common-Law Partners and Conjugal Partners to also apply.
PLEASE NOTE: Canada recognizes same-sex marriage. Thus same-sex partners can apply under any of the above three categories, provided they meet all other criteria.
B) Dependent children, including adopted ones
Almost, always, people who legally come to Canada as temporary workers or a Permanent Residents, have the right to bring their qualifiedly dependent children with them. In fact, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents have the right to bring their children, even if they did not accompany them at the time of immigration.
This sponsorship includes both natural and adopted children. Of course, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) must approve the parent/s “the Sponsor/s” and the child the “sponsored.”
C) Parents and Grand Parents
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are allowed to sponsor their parents and grandparents to Canada.
Through this Family Class Sponsorship Stream successful parent(s) and grandparent(s) of the sponsors receive Canadian Permanent Residence status, which can lead to Canadian Citizenship.
Here are some of the requirements that the Sponsor in Canada must meet:
- The sponsor must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- The sponsor must be 18 years old or more.
- The sponsor must sign an undertaking to repay any provincial social assistance benefits paid to the sponsor and accompanying family member(s), if any, for a period of 20 years, if necessary; and
- If the sponsor lives in Quebec, additional requirements are stipulated, and so on.