How to Immigrate to Canada from Qatar
JUL 4, 2020
People from all over the world are discovering the amazing future that is possible in Canada. From top tier universities to ample job opportunities, Canada is a beautiful green and mountainous country with a growing economy and a progressive culture. There are a number of ways you can become a permanent resident in Canada, which will go over shortly. The most important thing you will need to make your immigration process a success is the will to see it through. A lot of people become despondent and give up when the process takes longer than they expect, but for those that do everything the right way and have patience and fortitude, the grass is literally greener on the other side.
The truth is even though the global immigration process has slowed considerably due to the CoronaVirus pandemic, the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) has set an immigration target for 2020 and they are moving mountains to make sure they meet it. Canada plans to welcome no less than 351,000 immigrants this year, and are still on track to do so. Nearly 40,000 principal immigration applicants have arrived through the Express Entry system alone, that’s not even counting their family members and dependents who will be joining them as families start exciting new lives right here in Canada.
Your Immigration OptionsThere are a number of routes you can take to become a permanent resident in Canada. Depending on where you are in life, you will need to decide which route will be best suited for you.
The Express Entry programIf you already have a qualification and at least one year of experience in a managerial, professional or skilled trade position, you may qualify for the Express Entry program. Express Entry applications are processed in as little as six months and do not require a valid job offer for submission. The program has three sub categories:
- Skilled worker program - for managers and skilled workers such as accountants, doctors and engineers.
- Skilled trades program - for skilled trade workers who have trained and apprenticed for their professions, such as carpenters, welders, plumbers and machinists.
- Canada Experience Class - for those who fall into either of the above categories and have at least one year of experience working in Canada. CEC applicants receive preference over the above above categories when submitting their applications for permanent residency.
Securing a job offerThere are a number of other immigration programs that illuminate the path to permanent residency for those who either don’t qualify for Express Entry or want to start working in Canada as soon as possible. Essentially if you can secure a valid job offer from a designated employer, your next step would be to obtain your temporary work permit, but you can also apply for permanent residency at the same time through one of the immigration programs, depending on your job offer. This way you can begin your life in Canada, and wait for your permanent residency to be approved while already working here. Some popular programs include:
- Provincial Nomination Program - if your skills meet a Canadian provinces specific labour requirements, they will issue you a provincial nomination which just about guarantees permanent residency.
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot - almost any job offer in one of the four Atlantic provinces will allow you to apply for permanent resindecy through this program. Atlantic Canada also happens to be the most beautiful part of out country and has a lot of job opportunities.
- Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot - securing a job in one of the communities that are participating in this pilot will also allow you to apply for permanent residency in Canada as long as you maintain your employment for a period as laid out by the community eligibility requirements.
- Agri-food Pilot - butchers and agricultural workers can apply for permanent residency in Canada if they have a valid job offer.
- Care Provider Pilots - the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker pilot programs allow foreign caregivers in Canada to become permanent residents after they have two years of work experience in Canada. For this program it is crucial that you apply for permanent residency at the same time as your open work permit, as processing times can be delayed.