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Top 5 Canadian Immigration Programs

Canada is a highly desirable study abroad destination for international students from across the globe. One of the biggest benefits of studying in Canada is the various pathways to permanent residency available to international students. ApplyBoard’s new video series explores the top five Canadian Immigration Programs:

  1. Provincial Nominee Program
  2. Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  3. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  4. Permanent Residence for Caregivers
  5. Quebec Experience Program

We’ll take a closer look at each below.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program is ideal for individuals who want to live in a specific province or territory (with the exception of Quebec, which has its own immigration pathway, detailed below) and have the right skills to contribute to its economy. Eligible applicants can apply to the Provincial Nominee Program under one of the following streams:

  • Students
  • Business People
  • Skilled Workers 
  • Semi-skilled Workers

That means that after you complete your studies at a Canadian institution, you may be eligible for the Provincial Nominee Program. Watch the video to learn more about eligibility requirements, which differ by province, and how you can apply.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

After you complete your studies and have a work permit, you may be eligible for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. It allows employers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island to attract highly-qualified candidates to these Atlantic provinces. Candidates can apply under one of three streams: 

  • Atlantic High-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Each requires specific work experience, education, and language requirements, as well as a job offer from an employer in an Atlantic province. Watch the video to learn more.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

If the idea of living and working in a tight-knit town or rural community sounds appealing, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot might be for you. You may be eligible for the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot if you receive a job offer from an employer in one of the following communities and meet the other eligibility requirements:

  • Claresholm, Alberta
  • Vernon, British Columbia
  • West Kootenay, British Columbia
  • Altona/Rhineland, Manitoba
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • North Bay, Ontario
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Sudbury, Ontario
  • Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The video explores the four-steps to applying for permanent residence under the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and more.

Permanent Residence for Caregivers

Caregivers are in high-demand in most provinces across Canada. If you have an open work permit and are working as a caregiver in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency under one of the following pilot programs:

  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot 
  • Home Support Worker Pilot

If you don’t meet the requirements for permanent residency, you may still be eligible to work in Canada temporarily through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Watch the video to learn everything you need to know.

Quebec Experience Program

The province of Quebec has its own unique set of rules and requirements for immigration, which differs from the rest of Canada. If you studied full-time at an institution recognized by the Quebec government and obtained a diploma within the last 36 months, you may be eligible for the Quebec Experience Program.

The first step to permanent residency through the Quebec Experience Program is to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate, known in French as a certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). This document is issued by Quebec’s Ministère de l’immigration, de la diversité et de l’inclusion (MIDI).

Check out the video to discover additional eligibility requirements, including whether you need to take a French language test.

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