When it comes to the future of immigration to Canada, it’s no longer a question of “why immigration” but “how much,” says federal Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussein. “That’s where the debate is now,” he told his audience at the 2018 Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa. “Without immigration, our ability to grow our economy would become an impossibility,” he is quoted as saying. Multiculturalism is a unifying factor in Canada. It has helped shaped the history and culture of Canada, Offering easy assimilation to new immigrants. There is no dearth of the reason why Canada has become a destination hub for immigrants, tourists, and students. Home to some of the world’s leading institution and research center, poised at offering quality, researched based education to its teeming population, this feat has endeared a lot of international students to Canada. Canada is a multi-trillion dollar economy which offers vast opportunities for business owners and job seekers alike. Canada has a flexible immigration process and an expedited process for highly skilled applicants, a move by the Canadian government to lure the brightest minds to come live and work in Canada and obtain permanent residency status. There are various ways to immigrate to Canada, but this is one of the fastest routes to enter Canada. As affirmed by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada needs skillful immigrants that will contribute positively to the development and growth of the economy through their diverse expertise. According to a study conducted by the Environics Institute and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the majority of Canadians interviewed affirmed the positive contributions of immigrants.
Canada is among a few countries that are most generous to immigrants. Though a meager percentage of Canadians have a contrary view, arguing that most immigrants are not aligned with the Canadian values. In 2015 Canada introduced highly effective and selective procedures in selecting highly qualified candidates to become permanent residents in Canada. This method replaced the old first-come first-serve immigration system to a more robust procedure. The Canadian Express Entry system is a simplified immigration process, this process allows prospective immigrants to create a profile in Express Entry. Applicants profiles are ranked against each other, and a point based system termed Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used to award accumulated points to the candidates profile based on these factors
- Work Experience
- language skills
- Federal Skilled Worker Class: Under this program, applicants are expected to have full time working experience of over 1 year. Has excellent Language skill, proficiency in either English or French. Posses a positive educational equivalent assessment test and has to be financially fit to carry cater his expenses.
- Federal Skilled Trades Class: Applicants under this category must be able to prove to the Canadian authorities that he/she has sufficient work experience, Proficient in either English, French, can fulfill the educational requirement, and is financially buoyant.
- Canadian Experience Class: This program offers permanent residency to candidates who have practical work experience in Canada at-least on the year. This helps retain talented workers in Canada.
- Provincial Nominee Programs: Candidates are nominated by provinces who find their profile impressive and wants them to move to their province. The immigrants are expected to stay live, work and contribute to the development of the province.
Inadmissibility To Canada
Some immigrants have their applications rejected on the grounds of inadmissibility. The Canadian government deals seriously with this issue. You can be inadmissible into Canada if you pose a security or health risk or have been involved in misrepresentation. Applicants with criminal inadmissibility into Canada can hire the service of an immigration lawyer to help argue their case for criminal rehabilitation.
Express Entry: How To Apply
Before creating your Express Entry profile, you need to ascertain if you are eligible by filling the free online assessment form. The assessment is on the human capital factor. After your eligibility is confirmed you can proceed to create your profile which will be ranked by the Express Entry CRS. You should endeavor to make your profile stand out and be impressive. The Canadian Express Entry is fiercely competitive, once you are certain you can fulfill the requirements, you should complete an Express Entry profile. Candidates who meet the province’s requirements will be issued an invitation to apply (ITA), a gesture that shows the province is impressed and wants you to bring your expertise to their province. Ensure you score impressively in your language ability test, if your academic credentials are not equivalent to Canadian standard, get an upgrade. Be financially buoyant to cater for your financial responsibilities, pay every required fee and do not withhold any information. Misrepresentation is a serious offense. If you receive a valid job offer and positive LMIA from a Canadian employer, your chances of success have increased, additional points will be added to your CRS points.
You can enlist the service of a professional immigration expert if after twelve months your application is unsuccessful, it is also advisable to work on your perceived weakness and improve on yourself, skills before re-applying.