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Canada PR Application Process EXPLAINED in 7 Easy Steps!


Canada is a popular destination for immigrants all around the world. Its high quality of life, excellent career prospects, and safe environment make it an ideal place for Indians to live, work and settle permanently in the nation. 

The maple country also invites immigrants through varied immigration pathway programs that have fairly easier processes and shorter visa processing times. 

Read on to know more about how you can settle abroad in Canada.

What does a Canada PR Visa mean?

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Canada Permanent Residence is a five year-multiple-entry visa that provides skilled foreign workers with an opportunity to work and settle in Canada. You can extend or renew your visa after five years!

After three years of stay and work with the Canadian PR card, you can apply to be a Canadian Citizen too!

What is the Eligibility Criteria for Canadian Immigration?

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To know if you can apply for Canadian permanent residence, you must check these parameters for eligibility requirements.

To be eligible to apply for a Canada PR under the Express Entry system, you will need a minimum score of 67 points out of 100 to qualify. 

When you apply for a Canada PR, you will be evaluated on the following factors:

Age

Maximum 12 points

Education

Maximum 25 points

Language Proficiency

Maximum 24 points (English and/or French)

Work Experience

Maximum 15 points

Adaptability

Maximum of 10 points

Arranged employment

Additional 10 points (not mandatory).

 

  •   Age

There is no specified age limit. However, different programs may give preference to candidates who are younger by giving them more points.

  •  English Language Proficiency

The candidate must give the IELTS exam to show that they can adapt and work in Canada. The minimum score of IELTS required for permanent residency obligation is CLB 7. Simultaneously, an IELTS score of CLB 9 or above can make your profile stronger and improve your chances of getting work permit approval.    

  •  Education

A candidate must have senior-secondary level education according to the Canadian immigration standard to prove eligibility. The applicants who have a higher educational level than senior-secondary will get more points and have the edge over others.

  •  Work Experience

The candidate must have a minimum of one year of experience (30 hours per week) to become eligible. Having more work experience improves the chances of approval.

  • Adaptability

The ability to adapt in the maple country also helps the candidate win points. If the candidate has a spouse or blood relation in Canada, they can get extra points for permanent residence.   

Am I Eligiblie?

How to Calculate your Canada Permanent Resident Visa Points?

The CRS system has four major sections, and a candidate gets scored out of 1,200 points based on them. They are:

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  • Core or Human Capital Factors

The core and human capital factors include parameters like age, education, work experience in Canada, and language proficiency skills. 

Factors

With Spouse/ common-law partner

Without Spouse/ common-law partner

Age

110

100

Education level

150

140

Official

languages proficiency (IELTS)

160

150

Canadian working experience

80

70

Spouse - Level of education

10

 

Spouse - Official language proficiency

20

 

Spouse Required IELTS Score (General)

10

 

Total

500

460

 

  •  Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors

This category includes factors like age, education, language proficiency, and work experience of the spouse or common-law partner who is accompanying the candidate.

Factors

With Spouse/ common-law partner

Without Spouse/ common-law partner

Age

110

100

Education level

150

140

Official

languages proficiency (IELTS)

160

150

Canadian working experience

80

70

Spouse - Level of education

10

 

Spouse - Official language proficiency

20

 

Spouse Required IELTS Score (General)

10

 

Total

500

460

 

  •  Skills Transferability

The skills transferability section provides points to the candidate on education, foreign work experience, and certificate of qualification for people involved in trade occupations.

Factors Max. Canada PR Points per factor

Education and Language Ability

CLB 7 - CLB 9 50 13 

OR

Education and Canadian

Work Experience

50

Language Ability and (Foreign work experience) Non-Canadian Work Experience 

OR

Canadian work experience and foreign work experience (Non- Canadian Work Experience) 

50

Certificate of Qualification in a Trade and Language Ability

Total 100

 

  • Additional Points

The last section of additional points awards 600 additional points to a candidate who has a Provincial Nomination. Other factors, like valid job offers and post-secondary education from Canada, can help you win additional points.

Factor

Max. Canada PR Points per factor

Brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

15

Post-secondary education in Canada - credential of one or two years

15

Post-secondary education in Canada - credential of three years or longer

30

Arranged employment - NOC 00

200

Arranged employment – any other NOC 0, A or B

50

Provincial Nomination 

600

Maximum points to be claimed

600

 

Calculate my Canada PR Points

What is the Process of the Canada PR Application?

The applicant must carefully complete the process within the given time frame. Here is the process:

Step 1: Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

An applicant has to get Educational Credential Assessment or ECA to prove that their foreign education is on par with the Canadian level.

Step 2: Language Proficiency Report

The candidate needs a language expertise report with the IELTS score. This demonstrates if the English skills of the applicant are as per the Canadian Government Benchmark Level (CLB) 7 or not.   

Step 3:   Express Entry Application

Once the candidate has both the documents, they can create an online profile in the Express Entry System profile.

Step 4:   CRS Score

The candidate receives a score after filling the application form, which serves as a cut-off to assess applications. If you have the required CRS score, you become eligible for the Canada PR visa.

Step 5: Express Entry Draw

After that, the applicant must wait for the Express Entry Pool draw, held at regular intervals. Candidates who are above a specific rank get an invitation for PR.  

 Step 6: Invitation To Apply (ITA)

If you are above the rank, you will receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA). After receiving it, you have 60 days to apply for PR.  

 Step 7: Final PR Application

You can send in the final PR application with the required documents. The authorities aim to process a majority of these applications within six months. If you get approved, you will receive your PR authorization.  

What is the Cost for Canada PR?

Here is the cost breakdown for Canada PR:

Canada PR Process

CAD

INR

Step 1: Educational Credential Assessment fee

CAD 220

INR 12,537

Courier charges approx

CAD 10

INR 570

Fast Express courier charges

CAD 85

INR 4844

Step 2: Express Entry Application 

This is free of cost

Step 3: Pay the application fees

Single applicant fee

CAD 1325 (Including visa fees and PR fees)

INR 75,505

Couple Applicant Fee

CAD 2650 + 500 (Right to PR Fee)

INR 1,51,010 + INR 28,493 (Right to PR Fee)

Dependent fee for Child

CAD 225 for each child

INR 12,822 for each child

Step 4: Complete your biometrics

For a single applicant

CAD 85

INR 4,844

For two or more applicants

CAD 170

INR 9,687

Step 5: Send your passport details

INR 1,000 to 2,500

If you already have a valid passport

Free of cost


Other Costs

Provincial Nominee Program

CAD

INR

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

CAD 1500

INR 85,477

Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP)

CAD 350

INR 19,945

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

CAD 500

INR 28,493

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

CAD 1150

INR 65,532

Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)

Primary applicant: CAD 785

Spouse or Partner: CAD 168

Dependent Child: CAD 168

Primary applicant: INR 44,733

Spouse or Partner: INR 9574

Dependent Child: INR 9574

Language exam fees (IELTS)

INR 12,000 approx

Medical exam (varies depending on the city)

INR 3,000

Police certificate(varies depending on your city)

INR 500

 

What is the Processing Time for a Canadian PR Visa?

It takes 5-8 months after receiving the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for the Canada permanent residence (PR) Visa to be processed.

How Can Kansas Help?

Kansas Overseas Careers specializes in Permanent Residency Visas, Work Visas, Study Visas, Temporary visas, and Dependent Visas to Canada, UK, USA, Germany, and Hong Kong. 

Apart from these services, Kansas offers its clients personalized services such as:

  • Profile Evaluation: Professional guidance based on an in-depth assessment of the client profile to determine the chances of visa success. 
  • Documents & Review: Detailed, error-free documentation based on the visa type drafted to meet specific formats.
  • Dedicated Case Officer: A dedicated consultant is provided to assist clients throughout the process.
  • Visa Filing: Kansas ensures that the visa applications meet all the standard requirements of concerned immigration authorities and governing bodies.
  • Test Preparations: Complimentary online courses are offered to help aspirants improve their Language Proficiency for important exams like IELTS, French, TOEFL, and PTE.
  • Visa & Interview: Guidance is provided for aspirants attending visa interviews along with verified documents.  
  • Post-Landing Service: Kansas helps clients settle down in the new country with a comfortable stay after they have received their visas.

Additional services offered to job-seekers:

  • Job Search Services: To connect to a global network of employers based on client Profile, location of interest, and job requirements. 
  • Resume Writing: Dedicated team of resume experts to craft the best resumes that meet the prerequisites of immigration authorities and potential employers. This greatly improves their chances of selection.
  • Profile Marketing: Kansas is well-known for creating the best-in-class portfolios that boost applicant profiles in job-portals. And yes, this is a complimentary service!

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Other Important FAQs

What are the various pathways to Canadian immigration?

Depending upon the profile, you can find a program that you are eligible for and then apply for a Permanent Resident card from outside Canada. Here are some of the main pathways:

1. Express Entry: The Express Entry Program is a system for managing applications of the federal programs. It enables people to immigrate to Canada and fill in vacant job positions in the fields which have a lack of skilled workers. 

There are three federal programs under this:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program:
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program:
  • Canadian Experience Class:

2. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Visa: Several applicants for Canadian immigration first get a job offer to apply for a work visa. The LMIA through Service Canada is also one that involves securing a job offer from a Canadian employer. This is an excellent pathway that can eventually lead to Canada’s PR.

3. Provincial Nominee Programs: The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an ideal way for skilled immigrants to move to Canada. It invites both students as well as employees to move to a province and address labour shortages in the territory. 

Some of the most popular Canadian PNP programs are:

    • AINP: The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
    • BCPNP: The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
    • MPNP: The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
    • NLPNP: The Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program
    • NBPNP: The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
    • NS PNP: The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
    • NTPNP: The Northwest Territories Provincial Nominee Program 
    • OINP: The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
    • PEI PNP: The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program
    • QSWP: The Quebec Skilled Workers Program
    • SINP: The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
    • YNP: The Yukon Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program routes are fast becoming a popular Canadian immigration pathway.

4. Canada Business & Investor Immigration: This program is ideal for those individuals having owned or managed businesses overseas. By investing in Canada, these immigrants are contributing to the overall growth and prosperity of the country. The Federal Investor Program requires applicants to have a high net worth for a period of 5 years at least.  

5. Family Class Sponsorship: Immigrants who want to move to Canada along with their family members can apply under the Family Class Immigration program. Family reunification remains the cornerstone of Canadian immigration and allows spouses, children, parents, grandparents, and relatives to come together. 

6. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP):This program aims to recruit immigrants to the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in Canada. Labour gaps within these provinces are filled with newcomers who qualify with their work experience. 

Which is the fastest way to immigrate to Canada?

Here are the four easiest and fastest ways to immigrate to Canada:

  • The Express Entry System: This has proved to be one of the fastest and most effective ways of immigrating to Canada. You can apply online, and the average visa application processing time is six months.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP): The AIPP is yet another fast way to immigrate to Canada. It is designed to assist immigration to the provinces of Atlantic Canada. The visa application processing time for AIPP is also six months.
  • The British Columbia PNP: This province's Provincial Nominee Programs are way ahead of others. They have an online portal, and visa applications for BC PNP are processed within 2 - 3 months. The BC PNP also has more draws than other provinces.
  • Global Talent Stream ‘Temporary Foreign Work Permit’: Don’t get carried away by the ‘Temporary’ word here. Once you have gained six months of Canadian work experience with this visa, you can apply for permanent residency. The Agricultural, Healthcare, and Hospitality sectors are in high-demand in Saskatchewan province. The visa application process takes anywhere from 4 - 6 months time.

Another option apart from these four mentioned above is the Canadian Experience Class managed by the Express Entry. But it takes one year of Canadian work experience to qualify for permanent residency.

Who can sponsor me to come and live in Canada?

Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident above 18 years of age can sponsor you to come to Canada. Indians registered as citizens, or permanent residents can sponsor their spouse, partner, child, sibling, parent, grandparent, or any other relative to visit and live with them in Canada.

Can I marry a friend while visiting Canada?

Yes. Foreign nationals, including Indians, can get married in Canada on a visitor or temporary resident visa. Marriage is an option available to all citizens and permanent residents of Canada. They can marry a foreign partner as and when they want.

How do I know if I qualify for the FSW program?

You will have to possess sufficient work experience and language skills to qualify for the FSW program. It means that you will have to accumulate a minimum of 67 points on the skilled worker selection grid. The grid allocates points for age, education, language, employment experience, Canadian employment offer and adaptability.

Who does not require proof of funds to immigrate to Canada?

The following applicants will not be required to show proof of funds to support themselves and the family for their stay in Canada.

  • When you are applying under the ‘Canadian Experience Class’
  • When you have a valid job offer and are authorized to work in Canada

This is applicable even when you are applying under the Federal Skilled Trades and Federal Skilled Worker programs.

But then keep the funds up-to-date in the profile, as you may be eligible for more than one program. You never know under which you may be invited to apply.

Why should I immigrate to Canada?

Here’s why you should move to Canada and apply for a Canada PR:

  • Right to Live and Work
  • Free Education
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Citizenship of Canada
  • Social Benefits
  • Safe Environment
  • Freedom to move
  • Freedom to start a business

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Conclusion

This post gives you a simple step-by-step guide to Canada’s permanent residency.

  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
  • Undergo Language Proficiency Report
  • File Your Express Entry Application
  • Obtain Your CRS Score
  • Wait for the Express Entry Draw
  • Receive the Invitation To Apply (ITA)
  • File Your Final PR Application

Find out all it takes to immigrate to Canada in one go!

Topics: Migrate, Canada

K Nagaraju
K Nagaraju

Nagaraj is a veteran in processing Canada visas. He proves as the best professional to handle all PR visa process.

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