Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world’s most multicultural society with the population of approximately 33.4 million. It is one of the countries that actively seeks out newcomers as immigrants and encourages citizenship. Every year approximately over 250.000 immigrants from around the world come and settle in Canada.
Why Immigrate To Canada?
Becoming a permanent resident of Canada entitles a person to live, work, and study in Canada on a permanent basis. Permanent residents have almost all the rights of a Canadian citizen, including Universal Health Care benefits provided by the province they reside in (government-funded health care), a subsidized educational system, unrestricted access to the Canadian employment market, Unemployment Insurance benefits, Canada Pension Plan benefits and the option to participate in tax exempt retirement plans such as registered retirement savings plans (RRSP). A permanent resident also has the right to reside in any part of Canada they choose.
Canada’s Immigration Policy
Canada is one of the few countries in the world which actively promotes immigration as a part of their immigration policy. What distinguishes Canada even further is that, unlike certain countries which set limits on the number of immigrants they will accept, Canada actually set’s annual targets of how many people they hope to attract. Canada’s immigration system does not discriminate based on a person’s nationality or country of origin. Immigrant’s come to Canada from all over the world and are treated equally under the same laws.
A permanent resident may apply for Canadian citizenship after having resided in Canada for a minimum of three (3) years. Once you become a Canadian citizen you may apply for your Canadian passport. Canada also recognizes dual-citizenship, which means that the Canadian government will not require you to relinquish your current citizenship upon becoming a Canadian citizen.
There are a number of categories through which one can apply for permanent residence to Canada. Determining which category is best for you is the first step in the immigration process. The following sections act as a guide in helping to determine which immigration category offers you the best chance of qualifying for permanent residence to Canada