How to Immigrate to Canada
How to Immigrate to Canada from India through Express Entry Program: Every year, many people apply to immigrate to Canada from countries all over the world. Canada has a strong economy and welcomes immigrants with the skills and experience that will contribute to this society. If you are considering immigrating to Canada from India, here are a few details you need to consider.
These are the steps we took and the resources for your better understanding of the application process:
1. NOC Code
To be eligible for Express Entry you must have previous work experience in the required National Occupation Code (NOC). Additionally, your work experience must be in Skill Type or Level 0 (managerial jobs), A (professional jobs) or B (technical jobs and skilled trades). It must also have been paid work for one (1) continuous year within the last ten (10) years for you to be eligible for this program.
Ensuring your selected NOC code is accurate is critical to approval. Some job titles and responsibilities may be difficult to match so it’s crucial to spend time properly researching.
To determine eligibility, IRCC uses a six selection factor point grid and candidates must score at least 67 out of 100 to be considered for the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
Check your eligibility for the program by answering the online questionnaire which covers many areas including age, education, work experience, language skills, size of family and relatives in Canada.
3. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS score)
Once you’ve passed the six selection factors and have entered the pool of eligible candidates, IRCC then ranks the applicants based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
4. Express Entry Rounds of Invitations
IRCC holds rounds of invitations where they invite the highest-ranking candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Do some additional research by checking the current and past draws or round of invitations trend to see where we might rank in the pool of candidates.
5. Proof of Funds
IRCC requires each applicant to have a specified amount of funds to settle in Canda as a newcomer.
To meet this requirement you needs to get your bankers to prepare proof of funds documents and ensure that you must have the sufficient funds for the various fees (IELTS, WES, Medical exam, Police Certificates, and permanent residence fees).
6. Language Skills Test
Canada has two official languages – English and French, and it is necessary to prove competence in at least one of them through an approved language test. You must score CLB 7 or above to be eligible to apply..
TIP: IELTS results are valid for up to two years, therefore it is best to schedule the IELTS exam when you know you’re in a position to start your application.
7. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
IRCC requires an ECA report, which confirms the Canadian equivalency for your foreign level of education. For this reason, your foreign academic qualifications must be assessed through one of the recommended organizations.
8. Express Entry Profile
create with the help of Expressway Immigration, Chennai.
Invitation to Apply (ITA) and Electronic Application for Permanent Residency (e-APR)
Once we receive our invitation to apply (ITA) we needs to proceeded with our Permanent Residence application (e-APR) through our account. You have sixty (60) days to submit our application which was sufficient to gather all the required documents.
The ITA letter provides all the necessary details and document requirements to complete your e-APR which may include:
- Medical exam by a listed physician
- Official proof of funds documents
- Police certificates
- IELTS results
- WES credentials (ECA report)
- Official academic transcripts and certificates
- Passport and travel documents
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Official job experience letter(s)
- Letter of explanation (to explain and clarify a particular circumstance where required
IRCC also provides all the necessary guidelines for required documents (those listed above and any others that may be deemed necessary for your application).
Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR)
IRCC sent an Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR) after we submitted our online application. This letter confirms that IRCC has received your application and will contact you if necessary.
TIP: Ensure that IRCC emails are whitelisted because IRCC may request additional documents at any time.
Passport Request for Permanent Residence Visa (PPR)
The final request email provides instructions for the next step which is getting your Permanent Residence Visa in your passport. We were required to submit our passports and photos to our local visa processing office.
Processing time for this step varies and is dependent on the visa office.
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) Visa
When IRCC processed and returned our COPR visas, they also sent a package detailing our next steps and landing information.
The immigration process is definitely a lengthy and detailed one. However, it is possible to complete the process with highly experienced Expressway Immigration Consultancy to make your application to be successful.
The processing time from AOR to PPR is typically six (6) months, with some applications processed in a shorter or longer time frame.
I hope this has been helpful and if you are going through or thinking of applying to Canada.