Quickest Ways to Migrate to Canada in 2023

February 15, 2023


  • Sinethemba Phongolo

As we head into 2023, there are plenty of opportunities just waiting to be snatched, especially in Canada. With the labor shortage problem continuing to persist in the country and the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) assisting Canadian provinces with Provincial Nominee programs, there has been a surge in the number of job opportunities available in Canada across all work experience levels.

This broadening of the job market has allowed for a re-adjustment in the annual immigration targets outlined by the IRCC by a significant magnitude. Annual immigration targets now average around 500,000 each year.

These figures have given a lot of hope and motivation for prospective immigrants to Canada who previously may not have been confident in their chances to succeed in their application.

However, even taking into account the increased chances of success on your immigration application, the rigorous scrutiny applied throughout the application process can lead to slow application processing times, an unfortunate circumstance that discourages a lot of applicants.

To those applicants who wish to possibly bypass the slow application processing times, there are some immigration application streams outlined below created to expedite the process.

If you were planning on moving to the land of the maple leaf, here are some easy ways to migrate to Canada and get your journey started quickly.

Quickest Ways to Migrate to Canada in 2023

Express Entry

First on the list is the Express Entry system. This is known as one of the quickest ways to immigrate to Canada due to processing that can take as little as six months. Many people assume they need a job offer to use this system, but you do not. This makes it a very favorable stream among foreign nationals as you can apply from anywhere in the world.

Here are the three programs within Express Entry:

Once applicants have opened an online profile they will be entered into a draw from which the candidates with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will get chosen and given an Invitation to Apply (ITA). The CRS will differ from province to province.

Your CRS score will be based on the following factors:

  • Language proficiency test called the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English, French (or both). The higher your language score, the better chance you have of getting an ITA.
  • Applying with or without a partner, can either negatively or positively affect your score based on their CRS points.
  • Education Level. If you have tertiary education, the best option would be to get it evaluated to see if it is equivalent to the Canadian standard. Being up to the Canadian equivalent will boost your chances of getting an ITA.
  • Additional factors such as having family or a spouse in Canada will optimize your chances of immigrating.
  • Having a valid job offer will also be a great benefit as it will show that you will earn an income and add to Canada’s economy, which is considered a bonus.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Canadian government has come to an agreement with local provinces to nominate foreign nationals who wish to settle, work and live in a specific province. Applicants apply through a PNP to a province they wish to live in to receive a nomination.

After they receive a nomination they will be able to apply for a visa. This program is focused on building up the economy and closing up labor gaps in the market with foreign nationals who have the necessary skill set for that particular province or territory.

Some PNP applications can be processed in as little as four months and do not require a job offer to be a successful candidate.

There are 11 PNPs to choose from:

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
  • Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
  • Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

The map below gives a graphical representation of the in-demand jobs in each Canadian province.

Family Sponsorship

Is your family living in Canada? This could be your golden ticket to immigrate. If you have a family member living in Canada, they are allowed to sponsor you to immigrate. There are four types of streams through which an applicant's family can sponsor them. This is one of the popular ways of moving to Canada.

Spousal and Common-Law Partner Sponsorship

This stream will allow candidates who are citizens or permanent residents in Canada to sponsor their husband or wife. The Immigration Refugee Canadian Citizenship (IRCC) also considers same-sex marriages. Applicants are allowed to sponsor their partner even if they are not living in Canada.

Sponsors can sponsor their children to move abroad with them. This counts for natural-born children, as well as adopted children. If you are under the age of 22 without a spouse or partner, you qualify as a child.

Dependent Child Sponsorship

Sponsors can sponsor their children to move abroad with them. This counts for natural-born children, as well as adopted children. If you are under the age of 22 without a spouse or partner, you qualify as a child.

Siblings and Orphaned Family Members

Sponsors who are of blood relation to a sister, brother, niece, nephew or even a grandchild are allowed to sponsor the applicant if they are under the age of 18 years old. If you get sponsored before the age of 18, and you immigrate to Canada, you will be allowed to remain there once you turn 18.

Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship

This stream only allows up to 10,000 people to apply through the sponsorship program, so if you want to sponsor your parents or grandparents for 2023, you better act quickly as this stream fills up pretty fast.

The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship allows sponsors to sponsor their parents or grandparents. If the sponsor was adopted they will not be allowed to sponsor their parents or grandparents as they will be above the legal age of 18 years and no longer considered a child.

Sponsors are legally obligated to financially provide for the person they are sponsoring, and will not get any financial aid from the government.

Quick Immigration Pilot Programs 

The following immigration pilot programs have relatively quick application processing times and are representative of some of the work opportunity benefits that you would receive if you moved to Canada

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

This pilot is for unskilled workers and aims to promote agricultural growth within Canada. When applying for this pilot, there is no tertiary education needed, and many employers provide housing and transport to and from your place of work.

Many foreign nationals are choosing this pilot as it only requires one year’s experience of non-seasonal work similar to the work you are applying for. This stream is beneficial as foreigners are able to work towards a permanent life in Canada and would be one of the best ways to migrate to Canada.

This sector is always on the lookout for new employees as there is always corn to be harvested, or farms to be kept, and even plants to be maintained. If you are someone that loves nature and the outdoors, this would be a perfect start towards living your dream daily.

Industries in the the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot that are in high demand currently are:

  • Animal production
  • Nurseries
  • Meat product manufacturing

The main provinces that are looking for agricultural workers are Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

The AIP is specifically designed for Canada’s four Atlantic provinces for foreign skilled workers to immigrate to either: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, or Nova Scotia.

The main purpose behind this program is for employers within Canada to hire candidates who have the qualifications and skills to fill vacancies they were unable to fill locally.

The three streams within the AIP are:

Atlantic High-skilled Program; Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program; and Atlantic International Graduate Program.

How we can Help you Move to Canada?

We can assist you with an application or guide you through a suitable immigration program such as Express Entry or Provincial Nominee program with the assistance of a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant who will submit it to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Ready to start a new life in Canada?


How Long Does it Take for a Visa to be Processed?

Once you submit all the required documentation, applications and forms, a visa can take up to 18 months to process. Different types of visas will take longer to process than others, and it will most likely depend on the office the visa is being processed in as well.

Processing time cannot be estimated and can change without warning or further notice. The Canadian government will do so with sole discretion.

What are the Financial Requirements for Family Class Sponsorship?

For spousal sponsorship, the sponsor is required to support their significant other for up to three years after maintaining permanent residency. For a child, it will be up until they turn 25.

For parents and grandparents the duration of financial support can be anywhere from 3 to 20 years based on the age and nature of the relationship. The sponsored relative will need to promise that they will make an effort to become financially independent.

Can a Sponsored Relative Study and Work in Canada?

Yes, by applying for an open work permit, they will be able to work in Canada. Depending on the grant of permanent residence, all sponsored candidates can study in Canada after applying and obtaining a study permit.

Since there are so many ways to migrate to Canada, we hope we have assisted you in choosing the best option to get you to your dream destination. Let us assist you with your next step.