Canada continues to be a destination of choice for many Filipinos. Canada has one of the world’s fastest growing Filipino communities, many of whom came under one of Canada’s more than 100 different immigration programs. Are you ready to take the first step and learn more about how to immigrate to Canada?
For the past 30 years, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments, has introduced many different ways that applicants can immigrate to Canada.
The Government of Canada has done this to not only bring people with the educational background and work experience to help make positive contributions to the Canadian economy, but also to allow even more applicants from around the world to apply.
The Government of Canada’s immigration system is a one of the most dynamic in the world, with programs and policies changing with very little notice, adapting to the changing needs of Canada and the world.
There are three ways that new immigrants are welcomed to Canada:
-as economic immigrants
-as family sponsored members
By far, the largest portion of new immigrants come as economic immigrants, with approximately 6 out of 10 new immigrants coming from economic class immigration programs.
Applicants are highly educated and highly skilled people who apply from outside Canada, as well as temporary foreign workers and international students who are already in Canada.
IMMIGRATE TO CANADA UNDER THE EXPRESS ENTRY SYSTEM
Applicants are required to create an online profile under the Express Entry System, where they will be screened to determine their eligibility under three immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Class
- Federal Skilled Trades Class
- Canadian Experience Class
Under the Express Entry System, eligible applicants are ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The CRS gives each applicant points for age, education, work experience, language proficiency and other factors.
The higher the score, the better the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to become a Permanent Resident.
The Government of Canada has also established different pilot programs that are under the economic class.
These programs include:
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)
- Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AIP)
- Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)
PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have grown since they were first introduced almost 20 years ago, and have become one of Canada’s most popular immigration programs.
Beginning with 233 applicants in 1996, the different PNPs has grown to welcome more than 60,000 applicants every year.
Under the different PNPs, provincial and territorial governments are allowed to nominate a limited number of applicants to become Permanent Residents.
Applicants must meet the minimum requirements established by each provincial and territorial government. Each PNP is unique, allowing them to choose the best applicants who meet their provincial and territorial labour market requirements.
Provincial and territorial governments also have a unique nomination stream that is different from their PNPs, which allows them to nominate applicants under the Express Entry System.
Applicants with active profiles in the Express Entry System who receive a nomination from a provincial or territorial government get additional CRS points which gives them the advantage in receiving an ITA.
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is still on track to meet their targets of welcoming more than 200,000 new immigrants under economic class immigration programs.
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