Canada is known for its welcoming attitude towards immigrants and refugees. In fact, over the last decade, Canada has welcomed an average of more than 300,000 immigrants per year, making it one of the most popular destinations for people looking to start a new life abroad. As per Canada.ca, 2022 marked the invitation of 431,645 new permanent residents.
As a leading immigration law firm based in Toronto, Kurzfeld Law understands the complexities of the Canadian immigration system and is here to help you achieve your immigration goals. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the Canadian immigration system and how we can help you navigate it.
Types of Canadian Immigration
The Canadian immigration system offers several pathways for individuals who want to immigrate to Canada. The three main categories of Canadian immigration are:
- Economic Immigration: This category is designed for skilled workers, business people, and entrepreneurs who can contribute to the Canadian economy. In 2021, Canada is set to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants, with the majority of them being economic immigrants. There are several economic immigration programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Entrepreneur Program.
- Family Sponsorship: This category is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who want to sponsor their family members to come to Canada. In 2021, Canada is set to welcome over 100,000 family members through family sponsorship. This includes spouses, partners, parents, grandparents, dependent children, and other eligible relatives.
- Refugee and Humanitarian Resettlement: This category is for individuals who are fleeing persecution, war, or other dangers in their home country. In 2021, Canada is set to welcome over 30,000 refugees and other protected persons.
Canadian Immigration Programs
Each immigration category has its own set of programs with different requirements. Here are some of the most popular Canadian immigration programs:
- Express Entry: This program is for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Candidates are ranked based on a point system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence. In 2020, Canada issued a record-breaking 107,350 invitations through the Express Entry system.
- Provincial Nominee Programs: These programs allow Canadian provinces and territories to nominate candidates who have the skills and experience needed in their region. Each province has its own set of criteria, but most require candidates to have a job offer in the province and meet certain language and education requirements. In 2020, over 80,000 people were nominated for permanent residence through provincial nominee programs.
- Family Sponsorship: This program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members to come to Canada. Sponsors must meet certain income requirements and commit to supporting their sponsored family members for a certain period of time. In 2021, Canada plans to admit 80,000 family members through family sponsorship.
- Refugee Sponsorship: This program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor refugees to come to Canada. Sponsors must commit to providing financial and emotional support to the refugees for one year. In 2021, Canada plans to admit 20,000 refugees and other protected persons.
The Canadian Immigration Process
The Canadian immigration process can be complex and lengthy, but with the help of an experienced immigration lawyer, you can increase your chances of success. Here are the general steps involved in the Canadian immigration process:
- Determine your eligibility: You must meet certain eligibility requirements to be considered for Canadian immigration. These include age, language proficiency, education, work experience, and other factors.
- Submit an application: Once you have determined your eligibility, you can submit an application for the immigration program you are interested in. The application process involves submitting various forms and supporting documents.
- Wait for processing: The processing time for immigration applications can vary depending on the program and the volume of applications being processed. Some applications may take only a few months to process, while others may take several years.
- Attend interviews and provide biometrics: Depending on the program, you may be required to attend an interview and provide biometric information (such as fingerprints and photographs).
- Receive a decision: After your application has been processed, you will receive a decision on whether or not you have been approved for immigration.
- Prepare for arrival in Canada: If you are approved for immigration, you will need to prepare for your arrival in Canada. This may include obtaining a visa or permit, finding a place to live, and making arrangements for your transportation.
How Kurzfeld Law Can Help
Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be a daunting task, but Kurzfeld Law is here to help. Our team of experienced immigration lawyers can help you determine your eligibility, assist with your application, and guide you through the entire immigration process. We can help you with all types of Canadian immigration, including:
- Express Entry: Our team can help you prepare your Express Entry application and ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria.
- Provincial Nominee Programs: We can assist you in identifying the best provincial nominee program for your skills and qualifications, and help you prepare your application.
- Family Sponsorship: Our lawyers can guide you through the complex process of sponsoring a family member to come to Canada, including meeting the income requirements and supporting your sponsored family member.
- Refugee Sponsorship: We can assist you in sponsoring a refugee to come to Canada, including helping you understand your legal obligations as a sponsor.
The Canadian immigration system offers several pathways for individuals who want to immigrate to Canada, but the process can be complex and overwhelming. With the help of an experienced immigration lawyer, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your immigration goals. Kurzfeld Law is here to help you navigate the Canadian immigration system and achieve your immigration goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you.