How to Immigrate to Canada from Peru in 2023

March 9, 2023


  • Shireen Fisher

Canada is considered one of the most-favoured immigration destinations in the world. It is a country in which immigrants can quickly maximize their full potential. So if you are from Peru and looking for fantastic opportunities in 2023, you will find a land of milk and honey in this North American wonderland. In this blog, we take a look at how you can immigrate to Canada from Peru.

With visions of yourself moving from the third largest country in South America to the second largest country in the world, you may wonder if there'll be a space for you in Canada. The good news? Canada is preparing to grant over 1.4 million immigrants Canadian Permanent residency in the next three years. The number of newcomers expected to be welcomed from 2023 to 2025 can be broken down as follows:

  • 465,000 newcomers for 2023
  • 485,000 newcomers for 2024
  • 500,000 newcomers for 2025

Peruvians in Canada

Since Canada is an absolute melting pot of cultures, it should come as no surprise that Peruvians are scattered across the length and breadth of this beautiful land. According to sample data released by Statistics Canada for Census 2021, the selected places of birth for the Peruvian immigrant population is 31,420. The total ethnic or cultural origin for the population in private households for Peru is 42,405. Most Peruvians in Canada live in Quebec, but Ontario and Bristish Columbia are also popular.

Why Choose Canada as an Immigration Destination

If you are ready to immigrate to Canada, you will be happy to learn that there are plenty of benefits that will come with this move. 

Higher salaries

If you intend to work in Canada you can prepare yourself to earn a healthy paycheck. According to, the average salary in Canada is $$72,000 per year or $36.92 per hour. Starting, entry-level jobs will start at $$52,000 per year, and more experienced workers will make up to $100,000 per year.

Low Levels of Unemployment

Canada's Employment rate increased by 150,000 (+0.8%) in January 2023. The country's unemployment rate is currently steady at 5.0%.

Free Education For Children

Education is a top priority for the Government of Canada. Schooling is free for children, right up to the high school level.

High Standard of Living

Due to the strength of the Canadian economy, it is quite easy for Canada to stay consistent in looking after its citizens. Most occupations offer decent salaries, so living comfortably in Canada is a standard that will not fall anytime soon.

Peaceful Surroundings

Safety and security are the first things that come to mind when moving, so you will be relieved to find that this country is one of the safest in the world.

Popular Immigration Pathways to Canada

Since Canada is preparing to take on over 1.4 million immigrants over the next three years, you should look at some of the country's most popular immigration programs to kickstart your move here.

Express Entry

This system allows you to submit an online profile within 90 days. This online system manages three federal immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class

Express Entry allows you to apply for Canadian permanent residency, so the Canadian government will determine whether you qualify for it or not. It is one of the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada, as the processing time takes as little as six months.

If successful in the application process, you will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. If unsuccessful, your application will remain in the system for a year, where you can improve your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS is a point-based system that works as a medium to score candidates that apply through one of the federal government’s skilled worker programs. It is a way to simplify the process of applying

Home Support Worker Pilot

This program is specifically for skilled foreign workers with experience in home support work. You will need an official job offer from an employer. It is a five-year program and will aid foreigners in gaining permanent residency in Canada. This applies to family members as well.

This job requires the candidate to look after people with disabilities, individuals in rehabilitation, or seniors who can no longer look after themselves.

The program is open to those who have the following titles:

  • Housekeeper
  • Attendant for persons with disabilities - home care
  • Family caregiver
  • Personal care attendant - home care
  • Live-in caregiver - seniors
  • Respite worker - home support
  • Doula

Family Sponsorships

The family class program is a great advantage and will assist applicants who have family abroad who want to immigrate to Canada from Peru. It will allow you to immigrate without having a job offer. Adult citizens in Canada can sponsor a spouse or relative for immigration to Canada.

An individual can sponsor family if:

  • They are over 18;
  • They are a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act;
  • They can prove they don't need any social assistance; and
  • They can provide basic needs for those they wish to sponsor.

The length of the undertaking will depend on where the sponsor resides and what their relationship is with you.

Most In-demand Jobs in Canada

According to Canada's largest staffing company, Randstad, the professions most indemand in Canada for 2023 include the service industry, technology, and healthcare. Below are the jobs they have pinpointed as in-demand occupations::

  • Accounting professional
  • Administrative assistant
  • Business systems analyst
  • Construction project manager
  • Customer service representative
  • Developer
  • Digital marketing coordinator
  • Driver
  • Human Resources manager
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Production supervisor
  • Registered nurse
  • Sales associate
  • Warehouse worker
  • Welder

The International Mobility Program

If you are a business person from Peru, you can gain entry to Canada on a temporary basis via the country's International mobility Program's International Free Trade Agreements (FTA). If you are eligible to enter Canada via this FTA, you will need a FTA work permit, but will be exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement

The signing of the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) happened in 2008 and came into effect on August 1, 2009. The twelfth chapter of the agreement is entitled Temporary Entry for Business Persons. It is based on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but contains some differences, which are highlighted below. In Chapter 12 of the agreement there are some provisions similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) - now known as CUSMA - with some differences. This agreement grants temporary candidates access to four types of business persons, namely:

  • Business visitors
  • Professionals
  • Intra-company transferees
  • Traders and investors

This means that Canadian employers can employ Peruvian citizens and permanent residents via the Professional/Technician and Intra-Company Transferee categories.

Differences to NAFTA

Peruvian Permanent Residents Can Apply Too

If you are a permanent resident of Peru, you will also qualify for the Canada-Peru FTA. Proof of permanent resident status is seen as an acceptable document application.

Business visitors

  • Meetings and Consultations has been added to the Business Visitor category
  • After-lease servicing in addition to after-sales servicing is included
  • General Service providers list includes:
    • Food preparation staff (cooks and assistants) who attend or participate in various events or exhibitions or have to come to Canada for consultations
    • Information and communication tech service providers who have to attend various events and meetings
    • Franchise traders and developers who seeking opportunities

Intra-company transferees

Intra-company transferees who have been employed for six months in a row within the three-year period, just before applying for admission, are eligible

This category now includes a new category of "management trainee on professional development. So an employee with a university degree who is on a temporary work assignment for career growth within a company can now also apply.

Professionals and Technicians

Professionals in this program are listed using a negative list. This means that all professionals who meet the general definition of professionals can apply, except those included on a set list.

Start Your Journey From Peru to the Great White North

With so many options, there has never been a better time to immigrate to Canada and gain Canadian permanent residency. And if you are a business person, you'll have just enough to temporarily get a taste of this land of maple leaves before you decide to take the leap permanently.


How Long Does it Take to Get a Canadian Work Permit Approved?

Processing time will end when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has concluded your application. On average Canadian work permits will take between one to nine months to process.

How do I Know if my Canadian Work Permit Was Approved?

You will receive a letter of approval stating that you can now work in Canada. This letter is referred to as the port of entry letter of introduction. After receiving this, you will need to make sure you are eligible and then put in a request to acquire your work permit.