Canada Immigration: 6 Vital Requirements

By | May 7, 2022

With an increasing number of individuals interested in immigrating to Canada, especially with the government’s goal of increasing the Canadian population by one million in the next three years, you may be wondering if you qualify to move to Canada. With so many potential reasons to apply for Canadian immigration, here are 6 ways you can improve your chances of being accepted into the country.

1. Health and CIC Registration

There are two main types of registration you must have in order to apply for Canadian permanent residence: health and CIC. Health Registration will ensure that you are eligible to immigrate through Canada Immigration. Once your status is approved, it will take around 60 days for your actual visa application with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to be finalized. CIC Registration involves filling out a form provided by CIC and sending it back via mail or fax.

2. Proof of Financial Capacity

Canada has strict eligibility requirements when it comes to proving financial capacity. The Canadian immigration law requires that you prove that you have sufficient funds available at your disposal so as not to be a burden on society or public welfare systems. In addition, if you are applying with a spouse or dependents, they must also demonstrate their own financial ability. This can be done by creating a household budget and calculating income minus expenses as well as investments and savings.

3. Academic Background

Your education can be an important factor in determining your eligibility for Canadian immigration. Work with a Canadian immigration lawyer that provides professional legal advice and representation services concerning higher education. If you are planning on immigrating to Canada, you must have completed at least 12 years of primary and secondary schooling, or its equivalent, in order to apply for permanent residence.

The required academic qualification is determined by what type of skilled worker program you wish to apply under. For example, if you are applying as a skilled worker or professional under Express Entry, you must have completed a post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate of at least one-year duration from an accredited university.

4. Language Proficiency

If you’re moving to Canada, then you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of proficiency in either English or French. If your first language is not English or French, you must also demonstrate that your language skills are equal to or better than those of an average Canadian who has also taken an approved language test. The most commonly accepted tests are IELTS and TEF, although CELPIP-G may be acceptable as well depending on how recently it was taken.

5. Arranging Accommodation in Canada

Canada’s immigration program is based on permanent residency. Permanent residency or PR status means that you’re allowed to live and work in Canada indefinitely, and one of these requirements is arranging suitable accommodation. If you need help finding housing, contact your local CIC-approved provider, they can help arrange a lease agreement with a landlord on your behalf. To maintain your permanent residency status, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a 5 year period.

6. Planning for Employment

The majority of our clients come to us with a job offer already in hand. They just need help getting ready and navigating their way through their Canadian immigration process. In some cases, however, it can be more difficult to find an employer who is willing and able to sponsor your work permit—especially if you have recently graduated from college or university. If you’re currently in school and looking at migrating, your first step should be connecting with your career services department.

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