The Canadian government intends to welcome nearly 4,00,000 new permanent residents (PR) each year under its Immigration Levels Plan. India continues to be a key partner in achieving this aim as Canada’s largest source of new permanent citizens.
One-quarter of all new Canadian immigrants arrived from India in 2019, before Covid-19 interrupted immigration. If flight bans and other Covid-19 travel limitations are lifted, Canada might expect to receive over 1,00,000 new permanent residents from India each year. Since September 27, direct flights from India have resumed.
The government has modified its Covid-19 screening standards at the port of entry. Before you go, please study the most recent government guidelines. Fully vaccinated travelers may be eligible for some exclusions from quarantine and testing as of July 5, 2021, if they match the following criteria:
- Eligible to enter Canada
- Meet Government of Canada requirements for fully vaccinated travelers
- Meet all entry requirements, including entering your information in ArriveCAN before arriving
A complete set of guidelines that must be satisfied before entering Canada may be found on the Government of Canada’s website. This site also has up-to-date travel information. Immigrants from India can apply for a variety of schemes in order to get permanent status in Canada. The following are some of the most popular programs:
Express Entry is a method for managing applications for skilled professionals with international job experience who want to permanently come to Canada. Indian nationals received 46 percent of all invites through the Express Entry program in 2019. The following steps are involved in obtaining permanent residency through Express Entry:
- Check your eligibility– Candidates must meet minimal requirements for this program, which include competent work experience, language proficiency, and educational prerequisites.
- Documentation– A variety of documentation will be required, including your passport, a documented employment offer, evidence of cash, and language test results to demonstrate English or French ability.
- Profile application– You will be added to a pool of candidates after submitting your information. Express Entry assigns points to individuals based on their abilities, education, language proficiency, and other considerations.
- Invitation– Those who obtain the top marks will be invited to apply for permanent residency. Your application will have 60 days to be submitted.
Provincial Nominee Program
One option for talented people who want to immigrate to Canada and become permanent residents is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Every province has its own set of requirements and “streams,” in which provinces target specific populations like students, entrepreneurs, skilled employees, and semi-skilled workers. The manner in which you apply for PNP will be determined by your field of interest. Certain streams require a paper application, while others use the Express Entry online system.
One must pass a medical exam and police check as part of the PNP application procedure. Be warned that your biometrics (fingerprint and photograph) will be required in most circumstances as part of the application process. Over 100 diverse economic class pathways are available in Canada, as well as a variety of other possibilities, such as family sponsorship streams, for Canadian citizens and permanent residents who desire to bring their loved ones to Canada from India.
Financial planning before entering Canada
It’s critical to prepare financially before relocating to Canada. One will need to show proof of finances while applying for Express Entry. This is to show that the person will be able to sustain himself and his family financially after the person arrives in Canada. Opening a foreign bank account in Canada can help in showing that the person has money.
Before relocating, you can enroll for an international account and transfer cash up to $50,000 CAD through Scotiabank’s StartRight Program. The person will receive an email confirmation of money placed, which will be used as proof of funds when they arrive in Canada. Once you’ve arrived in Canada, make an appointment with a Scotiabank location to open a chequing account to help you with your daily financial needs. The StartRight program can also assist the person in obtaining credit, savings, no-fee foreign money transfers, and financial advisor assistance.
Students from India can apply through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) and use Scotiabank’s Student – Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) Program to help them with their application. This program can be utilized to demonstrate financial stability as well as provide funding to assist in paying for daily expenses while studying in Canada. Students can open an account with the StartRight Program that has no monthly charges, limitless debit and Interact e-transfers, and unlimited overseas money transfers.