This is the permanent residency provided by Canada which allows a person to stay permanently in the country. This visa allows you to work and live independently in the country. There are many benefits which come with PR visa like free medical, free education for kids till the age of 18. Moreover you can apply for citizenship after fulfilling the requirement of being physically present in Canada for 3 years (1095 days) in 5 years.
PR Visa programs Canada
There are many programs to obtain Canada PR
- FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program) Express Entry
- PNP (Provincial Nominee Program)
- Family Sponsorship
- Quebec Skilled worker program
- AIPP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
- RNIP (Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot)
There are few programs which left a big impact in terms of migration to Canada. These programs are mostly used by applicants to secure their PR visa for Canada. See below the visa programs and process to get PR visa.
FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program) Express Entry – This program is mostly used by skilled migrants in the past few years to get PR visa. This program has minimum requirements like certain Work Experience, Age, Education, Language Proficiency, adaptability and Job Offer issued by a Canadian employer. There is a point base system to check the eligibility of the applicant. Current passing mark is 67 out of 100 points which are totally based on six factors mentioned above. Applicants are free to live in Canada in any state or city after receiving the PR visa under this category.
PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) – This program is introduced by Canadian Immigration to fill the shortage of skilled workers in provinces. There was a challenge faced by provinces where applicants were moving to different states within a certain timeframe. To get the maximum output from this program immigration put the 2 years cap before applicants can think of moving interstate to live. Each province has its own stream as well as different requirements. PNP program is in demand across the world among candidates as you can get PR even having less CRS under express entry. In the year 2021 due to Covid this program was in high demand as there were no draws of express entry unless those came through CEC (Canadian Experience Class) or PNP (provincial Nominee Program). PNP programs as per provinces AINP, BC PNP, MPNP, NBPNP, NTNP, NSNP, OINP, SINP, PEIPNP, Quebec PNP and YNP
Family Sponsorship – You can sponsor your family members under this program to get a PR visa. You have to be eligible to sponsor the relative. The basic eligibility requirements like your age must be 18 years or older, You have Citizenship of Canada or Permanent Resident of Canada. You can sponsor your spouse, partner or dependent child, Parents or Grandparents.
Quebec Skilled worker program – Quebec is the only French speaking region of North America. This province is always on the top of the list for French speakers. Like other states Quebec is also looking to give province nominations to the highly skilled applicants. They have their selection grid factors. Getting picked by province totally depends on the points of the applicant. Higher the point, the better the profile. As per Quebec rule book you have to score 50 points to be eligible if you are single or 59 points with a spouse.
AIPP (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program – This program is launched in the year 2017 by Canadian Immigration. AIP program is a job offer based program where LMIA is not mandatory. There are 4 provinces participating in this program like New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. There are designated employers willing to offer a job under this program which means it’s mandatory to be designated employer before offering the job to overseas applicants. There are three programs to give a job to someone: AIGP (Atlantic International Graduate Program), AHSP-(Atlantic High Skilled Program) and AISP (Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program). Each of these programs has their own requirement.
RNIP (Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot) – This program is basically a community-driven program where 11 communities participate. RNIP left a big impact after its success. By the program name rural, it’s inclined towards rural areas. You are required to get a job offer letter from employers based in 11 communities. There are 4 steps to apply for a PR visa under this program. Each community has its own requirements.
Communities part of this program North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Brandon, Altona/Rhineland, Moose Jaw, Claresholm, Vernon, West Kootenay.
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