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The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is a point based immigration system which gives permanent residency to Canada. The Federal Skilled Worker visa enables skilled workers to migrate to Canada to work, study and live in Canada on a permanent residency basis and eventually apply for Canadian Citizenship (Canadian Passport). The FSW allows a person to live work and study in Canada. PR via FSW also allows migrants to access social security benefits as well as Healthcare benefits and subsidized education. This Permit is specifically intended for skilled workers to contribute to Canadian economy and fill the skill shortage. As the Federal Skilled Visa is assessed through a shortage occupation list you also have a better chance to acquire a job in Canada fairly quickly. The biggest benefit for a Canadian Skilled worker is that you will not require a sponsor to offer you a job instead you will be granted with an independent work permit considering you hit the required points threshold in the point based system.
The Federal Skilled Trade Worker Program (FSTP) is specially designed for trade workers who are highly required in Canada due to the shortage of those skills within Canadian job market. This program enables the trade workers to work freely without any sponsorship and freely change their employers as and when they want to. This program allows the person to work and live in Canada along with their family for 4 years on permanent residency and then qualify for a Canadian Citizenship (Canadian Passport). This program also allows a person to then sponsor their family members or help them in applying for their permanent residency applications. The main benefit of this program is that the migrant will have access to various social security benefits as well as subsidised healthcare and education for kids. This program takes only 6-9 months to process and also does not require an immigrant to have a sponsor to apply for it.
This is a type of Permanent Residency applications that the Government of Canada is accepting until December 2014. To qualify for this category, an applicant should fulfil the following conditions:
a:Have an experience for 2 years full time or equivalent part time with in last 5 years in one of the following occupations:
Industrial, electrical and construction trades;
Maintenance and equipment operation trades;
Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production;
Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;
Chefs and cooks;
Butchers and bakers
b:Have an offer of employment with an LMIA from a maximum of 2 employers in Canada or have a Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body in Canada in one of the above skilled trades
c:Prove your basic language efficiency from a designated testing organization like an IELTS
Each province in Canada has different requirements of migrants depending on their labour shortage. Due to this reason, each of them has their own provincial nominee program which enable migrants to move to Canada much faster. This program enables migrants to work in their field of interest and since this program is based on the labour shortage, there are high chances of getting jobs quicker. People who apply and receive the nominations under this program can apply for work permit or permanent residency to Canada. Under this program, you can apply to the following provinces:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Each of these above provinces have tailored their immigration plan depending on the province’s/territory’s specific needs and they select and nominate the candidate who will be able to settle in the life and culture of their region and contribute to the community effectively. These provinces/territories have special arrangements and agreements with Citizenship and Immigration Canada which allow them directly to select these migrants and nominate them which fast track their application for permanent residencies with the federal government.
If you have completed your education in Canada, there is a high chance that you would qualify to apply for a permanent residency under the Canadian Graduate Program. This program is especially for students who have completed their Masterâ€™s or PhD from a publicly funded university in Ontario. In order to apply for the permanent residency under this program an application should:
Be interested in living and working in Ontario
Has graduated from an existing Master’s program from a publicly funded university in Ontario or has completed at least 1 academic year of the master’s degree
Apply within 2 years of when the Master’s degree was granted
Should be legally residing in Ontario
Should be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English or French
Should be able to show a minimum level of income or savings
The recipients of this nomination can then apply for the permanent residency with the CIC and can fast track their dream to live and work in Canada. Ontario is accepting only 2,500 applications in 2014.
These applications are for the people who are sponsored to come to Canada by a relative who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Citizens and Permanent residents of Canada can sponsor their Spouse, common-law partner or children. The sponsor needs to be at least the age of 18 and should be able to demonstrate the willingness to take care of the person who is being sponsored including the economic well being. The sponsor needs to convince the CIC that he and his family intend to move to Canada permanently after this application being granted. The following relatives can be sponsored under this category:
Spouse or common law partner
Brothers and sisters
Nephew or Nieces
To be eligible to be sponsored, the spouse or the common-law partner should be able to prove their relationship to be genuine. Proof of genuine relationship can be demonstrated by providing marriage certificate, proof of communications, joint lease bills, bank accounts, photos etc. Dependent children can only be sponsored and they need to be under the age of 22. Children under the age of 22 but married or in a common law relationship cannot be sponsored. A Canadian citizen or permanent resident also has the ability to sponsor other relatives like orphaned niece, nephew, grandchild, brother and sister. However, the relative must be under the age of 18 and the sponsor should take an undertaking to take care of the sponsored which include his social and economic well-being.
This is a category of immigration where the individuals who have already worked in Canada can apply for a permanent residency and eventually qualify to apply for the citizenship. The CIC is accepting only a maximum of 8,000 applications under this category with a sub cap in certain occupations. To qualify for this program the candidate must:
a:have acquired 12 months of full time work experience in an occupation in the skill level 0, A or B of the National Occupation Classification(NOC) list and they are of a managerial, professional, technical or skilled trade nature.
b:have acquired the work experience in Canada within 3 years immediately preceding the application
c: can demonstrate a sufficient proficiency in English or French language from designated language testing centres like IELTS or TEF
d: does not have any kind of medical or criminal issues in or outside Canada
The following occupations are not accepted under this category:
1221 Administrative Officers
1241 Administrative Assistants
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
6211 Retail sales supervisors
6311 Food service supervisors