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Canada PR WHY APPLY FOR CANADA PR?

  • Issued 4.4 lakh Canada PR visas in 2022
  • Welcoming 1.5 million new PRs by 2025
  • 1 Million jobs lying vacant for 100+ days
  • Earn 5 to 8 times your current salary
  • Access to Universal Healthcare System
  • FREE Education for your children
  • Retirement benefits
  • Easiest path to get Canadian Citizenship

Canada permanent resident status is given to a candidate who got the Canada PR visa while immigrating to Canada but is not equal to Canadian citizenship. With Permanent Residency, candidates can live in Canada permanently for 5 years. After living in Canada on PR status for 4 years, the candidate can apply for citizenship based on eligibility.

“Did You Know: You can get a Canada PR Visa without a job offer in Canada.” 

 

Canada PR Process

Canada PR process is an easy 7-step procedure for applicants who meet the eligibility and requirements. By following the 7 steps, you can process your Canada PR visa application. A Permanent Resident (PR) visa has become prominent among immigrants who are willing to settle in ‘Maple Leaf country.’ It depends upon the path you choose to apply for the Canada PR visa.

Here is the list of paths that guide you on the Canada PR process.

Canada PR Eligibility 

 

Canada PR Requirements

Below is the checklist of Canada PR requirements you need to check before applying for permanent residence in Canada.

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Adaptability
  • Arranged employment
  • Police verification certificate

Application for a Canada PR visa through the PNP program requires the applicants to have some connection to the province. You can either work in that province or study there. You can be eligible if you have a job offer from an employer in the province. To qualify under this program, you should be able to get 67 points out of 100 in the eligibility factors given below:

  1. Age: Those between 18-35 years get maximum points. Those above 35 get lesser points, while the maximum age to qualify is 45 years.
  2. Education: Under this category, your educational qualification must be equal to higher secondary education under Canadian standards.
  1. Work experience: For minimum points, you should have at least one year of full-time work experience. More years of work experience means more points. Your occupation must be listed as Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  1. Language ability: You must have at least 6 bands in your IELTS test, and the score must be less than 2 years old. You get extra points if you are proficient in French.
  1. Adaptability: If your spouse or common-law partner is willing to migrate with you to Canada, you are entitled to 10 extra points for adaptability.
  1. Arranged employment: You can gain a maximum of 10 points if you have a valid offer from a Canadian employer.

 

How to get Canada PR?

Indians applying for a Canada PR visa need to meet all the eligibility criteria and arrange all the requirements. Then, follow the below steps to file your Canada PR visa application from India.

  • Step 1: Complete your language ability tests even before you start the application process. Take the IELTS exam and get the required scores. If required, you might need to take a French language test.
  • Step 2: Submit your application based on the requirements of the immigration program you have decided on.
  • Step 3: Submit all the required documents. Ensure you provide only genuine documents. Remember that the education and work experience documents require authentication.
  • Step 4: Gather the required documents for proof of funds to support your stay in Canada. Get your medical checkup and police verification records ready.
  • Step 5: Your documents will go through a mandatory examination by an immigration officer. Be prepared to provide any additional information if required.
  • Step 6: You will receive confirmation of your PR status and will receive a COPR (Confirmation of Permanent Residence) card.
  • Step 7: Apply for your PR card and fly to Canada.

 

ECA – Educational Credential Assessment 

An important step while applying for your Canada PR visa is to apply for the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), which is required if you have done your education outside Canada. The ECA report will show that your educational credentials are equal to Canadian secondary school credentials or post-secondary educational credentials.

The ECA is required if you are applying for a visa through the Express Entry program to prove that your foreign education degree or credential is valid and is equal to a Canadian degree. The following categories of PR applicants need to get an ECA

  • Applicants who have completed their education outside Canada and are applying for a PR visa under the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
  • Applicants who need to earn points for education received outside Canada.
  • Applicants whose spouse or partner is coming with them to Canada and who need to get an ECA for them as well in order to earn points for their education in the PR visa application.
  • An ECA is usually required for your highest level of education; for example, if you have a master’s degree, you will need an ECA for only that and not for your bachelor’s degree. However, if you have two or more credentials, you will need an ECA for both if you need credentials from both of them.

You can get your ECA from one of the designated organizations given below:

  • World Education Services
  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service
  • International Credential Evaluation Service
  • Medical Council of Canada (the professional body for Doctors)
  • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (the professional body for Pharmacists)

The IRCC will only accept assessments that are issued on or after the date the organizations were designated to issue ECA reports for immigration applicants.

ECA fees  

MCC – Medical Council of Canada

2023

Applicable to

Account Registration

310

All candidates are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable account fee

Document Fee (SVR)

190

A document fee is charged per each Medical Credential document submitted for (SVR) Source Verification Request

Translation Fee

140

A translation fee is charged per Page to be translated (non-refundable)

ECA Report Fee

120

Education Credential Assessment Report fee

Cancellation and Reimbursement Fee on (Document Evaluation)

65

Only if the document has not yet been processed by MCC, then a cancellation and reimbursement can be requested against the Document Fee.

You should choose your organization based on your occupation; for instance, if you are a Pharmacist (NOC code 3131) and you need a license to practice, you must get your report from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.

Benefits of Canada Permanent Residency

As a Canada PR visa holder, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Can apply for Canadian citizenship in the future
  • Can live, work and study anywhere in Canada
  • Eligible for healthcare and other social benefits enjoyed by Canadian citizens
  • Protection under Canadian law

You will have to exclusively apply for the Canada PR visa if you are a student or a worker from a foreign country; it does not automatically make you a permanent resident of the country.

Refugees from another country do not automatically become permanent residents. Their status as a refugee must be approved by the Immigration and Refugee Board. Subsequent to this, they can apply for and obtain a PR status.

What is a Canada PR Visa?

A Canada Permanent Resident Visa is a gateway to get permanent resident status in Canada. Canada PR Visa is valid for 5 years, and candidates with a Canada PR card can live, study, and work in Canada freely. Based on their eligibility, they can apply for Canada Citizenship.

Do’s and Don’ts of Canada Permanent Resident:

Dos

Don’ts

Canada PRs get most of the social benefits that Canadian citizens are entitled to. These include healthcare coverage.

Canada PRs can’t vote or run for any political office.

Canada PRs can live, study, or work at any location in Canada.

Canada PRs can’t hold certain government jobs that require a high-level security clearance.

Canada PRs can apply for Canadian citizenship.

Canada PRs will be protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian law.

Canada PR via Express Entry

Candidates applying for the Canada PR visa through the Express Entry program will have to go through a points-based selection system. The Express Entry System basically consists of three sub-categories:

  1. Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

If you are an overseas skilled worker, you can apply for a Canada PR visa under the Federal Skilled Workers Program. This was initiated by the Canadian government in 2015 to encourage skilled workers to come and settle in the country.

Canada PR via PNP

Canada offers nearly 80 different Provincial Nominee Programs or PNP, which have their individual eligibility requirements. The PNP program allows provinces to meet their individual immigration needs by helping them fill jobs that are in demand and meet labor shortages in their province.

Most PNPs require applicants to have some connection to the province. They should have either worked earlier in that province or studied there. Or they should have a job offer from an employer in the province for a job visa. However, there are some PNPs that require no previous connection to the province you are applying for; you can apply for a Canada PR visa directly to the PNP program of that province.

Month

Province

No. of draws

No. of candidates

July

Alberta

3

304

BC

4

746

Manitoba

3

1744

Ontario

4

1904

PEI

1

106

Quebec

1

1633

Saskatchewan

1

35

June

Alberta

5

479

BC

4

717

Manitoba

3

1716

Ontario

3

3177

PEI

3

309

Quebec

1

1006

Saskatchewan

1

500

May

BC

5

854

Manitoba

2

1065

Ontario

5

6890

Quebec

1

802

Saskatchewan

2

2076

PEI

2

280

April

Alberta

4

405

BC

4

678

Manitoba

3

1631

Ontario

5

1184

Quebec

1

1020

Saskatchewan

1

1067

PEI

1

189

March

Alberta

1

134

BC

4

968

Manitoba

2

1163

New Brunswick

1

144

Ontario

6

3,906

PEI

3

303

Quebec

2

1636

Saskatchewan

2

550

February

Ontario

4

3,183

Manitoba

2

891

Saskatchewan

1

421

British Columbia

4

909

PEI

1

228

Alberta

1

100

January

Ontario

6

3,591

Manitoba

2

658

Saskatchewan

1

50

British Columbia

5

1,122

PEI

2

223

Total

123

52,697


The popular PNP programs for a Canada PR visa are:

Jobs in Canada for Indians

Stat Can reports that there are 1 million jobs in Canada for overseas skilled professionals. The table below gives you all the information about the top-in-demand occupations in Canada, along with the average salary range.

Occupation

Average Salary in CAD

Sales Representative

$52,000 to $64,000

Accountant

$63,000 to $75,000

Engineering Project Manager

$74,000 to $92,000

Business Analyst

$73,000 to $87,000

IT Project Manager

$92,000 to $114,000

Account Manager

$75,000 to $92,000

Software Engineer

$83,000 to $99,000

Human Resources

$59,000 to $71,000

Customer Service Representative

$37,000 to $43,000

Administrative Assistant

$37,000 to $46,000

List of IT jobs

NOC codes

IT Jobs in Canada

IT companies in Canada are hiring more foreign workers. As per the recent news, there is high demand for IT professionals under Express Entry. The top IT jobs are listed below:

 

List of IT jobs

NOC codes

Developer/Programmer

NOC 21232

Business System Analyst/Administrator

NOC 21221

Data Analyst /Scientist

NOC 21223

Quality Assurance Analyst

NOC 21222

Security Analyst/Architect

NOC 21220

Cloud Architect

NOC 20012

 IT Project Manager

NOC 21311

Network Engineer

NOC 22220

The total cost for a Canada PR visa is 2,500 CAD – 3,000 CAD. This cost varies based on the number of applicants.

  • Single applicant is 2,340 CAD
  • Couple with no kids, it costs 4,680 CAD
  • Couple with one kid, it costs  5,285 CAD

It is the sum of your application fees for you and your spouse and dependents, fees for medical examination, English language test, ECA fees, PCC fees, etc.

The below table gives you all the information about the total costs for a Canada PR visa.

Category

Single

Couple with NO kids

Couple with ONE kid

Application Processing Fee

850 CAD

1,700 CAD

1,930 CAD

Right of Permanent Residence Fee

515 CAD

1,030 CAD

1,030 CAD

Educational Credential Assessment

300 CAD

600 CAD

600 CAD

Language test

300 CAD

600 CAD

600 CAD

Medical exam

200 CAD

400 CAD

600 CAD

Other expenses

175 CAD

350 CAD

525 CAD

Total

2,340 CAD

4,680 CAD

5,285 CAD

Proof of Funds for Canada PR

Immigration candidates should also provide proof of funds called settlement funds to prove that they have the required funds to support their stay and that of their dependents once they come to Canada till they are able to earn their income in the country. Letters from banks where the money is deposited are required as proof. The settlement funds will vary depending on the number of family members of the primary PR applicant.

Number of family members

Funds required 

1

CAD 13,757

2

CAD 17,127

3

CAD 21,055

4

CAD 25,564

5

CAD 28,994

6

CAD 32,700

7

CAD 36,407

If more than 7, for each additional member

CAD 3,706

PHASE WISE PROCESS TIMELINES & COSTS

 
 

Phase

Process

Description

Designated Authority

TAT (Turn Around Time)

Fees Applicable

Phase 1

Step 1

An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is used to verify your foreign education is valid and equal to a completed credential in Canada. It is valid for 5 years.

WES

6-8 Weeks

CAD$305

 

[CAD$ 220 for report + CAD$ 85 for international courier]

 

CAD$ 275

 

IQAS

20 Weeks

[CAD$ 200 for report + CAD$ 75 for international courier]

 

CAD$ 285

 

[CAD$ 200 for report + CAD$ 85 for international courier]

 

ICAS

20 Weeks

CAD$ 275

 

[CAD$ 200 for report + CAD$ 75 for international courier]

 

ICES

8 – 10 Weeks

CAD$ 210 + CAD$ 102 for Courier

 

CAD$ 310 Fee + CAD$ 190 SVR + CAD$ 120 for ECA

 

CAD$ 340 Fee + CAD$ 685 Evaluation

 

CES

12 Weeks

IELTS: INR 15,500

 
 

MCC (Doctors)

15 Weeks

CELPIP: INR 10,845 [plus taxes]

 

PEBC (Pharmacists)

15 Weeks

TEF: variable

 

Step 2

English or French Language Test

IELTS /CELPIP /TEF

Within 4 weeks

No Fee

 

Varies based on Provinces.

 

Application Fees per Applicant – CAD$ 850

 

Phase 2

Step 1

EOI – Expression Of Interest

IRCC

Your Profile will be valid for 12 months.

RPRF Fees for Applicant & Spouse – CAD$ 515

 

Step 2

PNP – Provincial Nomination Program

Provincial Authorities

Varies based on Provinces

Biometrics – CAD$ 85 per person

 

Phase 3

Step 1

Invitation To Apply – ITA

Main Applicant + Spouse + Children

60 Days

Medical Fee – As applicable

 

Step 2

Passport Submission and PR Visa

Main Applicant + Spouse + Children

Up to 30 days

VFS fee as applicable

 
                         

*Variations in cost: If you decide to take the services of an immigration consultant to help you in the PR visa process, then you will have to factor in the cost of their services while calculating the cost of your PR visa.

Canada PR Processing Time

The general processing time for the Canada PR visa is 6 to 8 months. However, the processing time depends on the program under which you made an application. For instance, if you applied under the CEC program, your application will be processed within three to four months.

*Note: If you have applied through the Express Entry program, you will have to apply within 90 days if you get an invitation to apply.


*Note: Table last updated on 7th May 2022

Disclaimer: For IELTS/CELPIP/PTE, fees may change without prior notice.

 

 

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