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Comprehensive Steps On How To Immigrate To Canada From The USA

There are many options for people looking to immigrate to Canada from the USA, as President Donald Trump continues to push his anti-immigration agenda during the coronavirus crisis.

President Trump is targeting a second term in the US presidential election come November, and, should he win, the Republican president is only likely to continue pushing his immigration crackdown.

Canada has itself been forced to limit immigration during the coronavirus pandemic, but the signs are that as soon as it is economically and practically viable to do so, the steady streams of new permanent residents will return.

In an immigration levels plan released just before the outbreak took grip in Canada, the federal government announced its plan to welcome up to more than 1.1 million new immigrants between now and 2022. While the coronavirus recovery will likely affect these numbers, there will clearly remain many opportunities to immigrate to Canada in the near future.

If you are looking to immigrate to Canada from the USA permanently, the first step is to assess which programs give you the best chance of success.

What Are The Options to Immigrate To Canada From the USA?

Basically, the options are:

A portion of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are streamlined through Express Entry system, but applicants must be eligible under one of the three main federal programs in order to enter the pool. (Canada Experience Class, Federal skilled workers class, Federal skilled Trades class)

Each program has its own requirements, and the Express Entry system can help you discover which ones you may be qualified for.

To get started, candidates seeking immigration to Canada from the USA can lodge an Express Entry profile to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the government departments that processes applications. Applicants will be assessed to determine their eligibility for at least one of these programs.

They will need to provide some information on their Canadian work history, foreign work history, (if any), qualification, and language ability in either French or English. From there, they will be assigned a score out of 1,200 point, under what’s called the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Candidates can receive an additional 600 points right away if a Canadian province has agreed to nominate you for residency, under a Provincial Nomination Programs.

Usually, Twice a month, IRCC will select the top-ranking individuals and invite them to complete their application. In other words, anyone with a score above the minimum cut-off points, will receive an invitation to apply.

The cut-off point is typically between 420 and 460 points, but varies from draw to draw. You can see what the most recent cut-off points was on our Express Entry Draw page.

Immigration to Canada from the USA as a fresh graduate: If you have been enrolled in a full-time, post-secondary educational or tertiary program in the recent year, you may be able to receive open work permit for Canada.

The permits, issued under the SWAP Working Holidays program, last for twelve (12) months. They are available for those aged eighteen (18) to thirteen (35).