Immigration to Canada
The government of Canada has announced that it will welcome a high number of immigrants in 2018. This will be the largest intake that Canada has had in quite some time. To read more about these plans visit the Government of Canada website.
Canada attracts people from around the world. Some wish to come for a temporary stay, while others hope to call Canada their home. Canada’s temporary programs are for people who plan to leave before their permit expires. For people who wish to live in Canada, pathways for immigration to Canada are available. There are Economic, Family, Convention Refugee & Protected Persons, and Humanitarian & Compassionate Programs. This article provides a brief overview of Canada's immigration programs.
Temporary Resident Programs
One of the goals of Canadian immigration law is to make entry easy for temporary residents. A temporary resident is a person who wishes to enter Canada for a limited time. They are not pursuing permanent immigration to Canada. This includes visitors (tourists), foreign workers, and foreign students. Before making travel plans, it is important to know what the requirements are. For example, if you are from a visa-required country, you must apply for a temporary resident visa. If you are from a visa-exempt country, such as Israel, you must still apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization. Other possible requirements include biometric information, a medical examination, study permits, and work permits.
Immigration to Canada through Economic Programs
A majority of newcomers immigrate to Canada for skilled work. Economic categories also attract entrepreneurs, investors, and more. Skilled applicants are chosen to be permanent residents. This decision is based on your ability to become economically established in Canada. Each economic program has different requirements. It is important to check which economic program you could be eligible for before applying for immigration to Canada.
Immigration to Canada through Family Programs
Family reunification is one of Canada’s immigration priorities. A news release by IRCC reports that Canada has taken great strides in reducing the backlog in family reunification applications. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can sponsor family members for immigration to Canada. By doing so, they take responsibility for the foreign family member for a certain number of years. If you have family in Canada, this might be a possible route for your immigration to Canada.
Refugees, Protected Persons, and Humanitarian & Compassionate Cases
Canada is serious about meeting its international responsibilities. Under these programs, Canada shelters convention refugees and protected persons. After some time, they may become eligible to apply for permanent resident status.
Sometimes, Canada even allows immigrants who are otherwise inadmissible to stay. These are called humanitarian and compassionate cases. In 2016 alone, Canada welcomed around 65,000 settlers in this category. This number includes refugees and asylum seekers. For more information, see the latest details posted in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Newsletter.
If you have questions about immigration to Canada, please contact us.
We at Cohen, Decker, Pex & Brosh law offices would be happy to discuss this issue with you.