Permanent immigration to Canada is currently possible through more than 80 federal and provincial programs. Both candidates living abroad and those already residing in Canada may benefit from one or more immigration programs. Immigration to Canada will depend on your personal characteristics, such as your education, work experience, knowledge of English or French, age, if you have an employment offer and other factors. Explore the avenues below to find the best pathway for yourself and your family.

Express Entry is an application management system, which the federal government uses to process permanent residence applications for skilled workers. Under the Express Entry management system, there are three immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program. Interested applicants must qualify under one or more of the three programs as well as obtain a sufficiently high score under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System to be able to facilitate their Canada immigration.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) are managed by Canada’s provinces and territories. Each province and territory (except for Nunavut and Quebec) has its own set of immigration programs that are defined by their specific needs. Provinces and territories often set their requirements lower than the federal government and as a result enable obtaining permanent residence to applicants who would not otherwise qualify under Express Entry. Some provincial programs are aligned with Express Entry and successful applicants may benefit from faster processing towards immigration to Canada.

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