In Canada, the Muslim population is growing at an interesting rate with a substantial population emigrating from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and some other African countries.
There are over one million Muslims in Canada and a large portion of them are immigrants from Iran.
In 2019 alone, about 6,000 persons immigrated to Canada from Iran and became Canadian permanent residents.
Iranians who immigrate to Canada and become citizens are popularly referred to as Iranian-Canadians or Persian-Canadians.
The high number of immigrants to Canada from Iran has made the Asian country one of the top ten most important sources of new Canadian permanent residents.
Iranians are found in all provinces and territories in Canada but particularly in Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.
Specifically, Iranians are found in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. In these cities, Muslims have been able to fully establish themselves and are well mixed up with the very friendly indigenes.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Immigrate to Canada from Iran?
- 2 Ways to Immigrate to Canada from Iran
- 3 Canada Immigration Pathways
- 3.1 Express Entry
- 3.2 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
- 3.3 Family Class Sponsorship
- 3.4 Atlantic Immigration Pilot
- 3.5 Agri-Food Pilot
- 3.6 Study Permit
Why Immigrate to Canada from Iran?
Canada is a very friendly country and foreigners from all over the world move into the country for many reasons.
Although Iran poses to be one of the safest Islamic countries to live in with average living standards and a peaceful way of life, several indigenes of the country still immigrate to Canada yearly.
Such persons opted for Canada because of the various benefits it offers such as world-class education, better job opportunities, quality living, security, and so on.
Ways to Immigrate to Canada from Iran
Canada as a country has several immigration options or pathways through which you can move in to begin living in the country.
If you are considering moving into Canada from Iran, the immigration pathway to opt for will depend on factors such as:
- Your purpose for coming into Canada,
- How long you wish to stay in Canada,
- Your family size,
- Your skill level and work experience.
- Presence or absence of a close relative in Canada, etc.
Most Iranians who immigrate to Canada desire to become permanent residents and in the nearest future citizens of the country.
Therefore the easiest way for such persons to move into Canada is through employment or family sponsorship/nomination.
You may also wish to immigrate to Canada from Iran for other reasons such as study, tourism, vacation, etc.
In this article, you will find the most popular pathways to immigrate to Canada from any country of the world.
By examining your reasons for immigration as well as other important factors needed to be considered, you will be able to decide what immigration option will work best for you.
Canada Immigration Pathways
Express Entry is the main tool that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications and is one of the easiest and fastest ways to immigrate to Canada and become a permanent resident.
If you want to apply for immigration under the Canada Express Entry system, you must meet the requirements for at least one of these programs:
- The Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- The Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Chances are that you will meet the criteria for applying for any of the programs if you are educated and already have some years of relevant work experience.
Assuming you meet the requirements for any of these programs, you can go ahead and create an Express Entry profile through Canada’s immigration services’ website for free.
You will have to take a language proficiency test accredited by Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
If you wish to take the test in English, your options are either the CELPIP or IELTS exam.
You have to also get your foreign educational credentials evaluated by a provider (such as WES) that is accredited by the IRCC.
Based on your requirements such as your age, education, work experience, and language skills, you will obtain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Fortnightly, IRCC invites Express Entry candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The IRCC is still inviting successful candidates who live abroad since such people will be key to supporting Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
Canada is also targeting over 1.2 million new immigrants by 2023, according to its Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another main economic class immigration route for those coming from Iran.
The PNP is the second-biggest skilled worker pathway after Express Entry.
If you feel your CRS score is not high enough to grant you an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence (ITA), PNP can be your next Canada immigration option.
The PNP gives Canada’s provinces and territories the ability to select prospective immigrants who meet their economic needs.
You can directly apply to a province or territories’ Provincial program. You can also make yourself available to the provinces and territories for them to examine or assess your profile and then offer you an opportunity to get a nomination from them.
To do this, you will need to create a valid Express Entry profile. If a province invites you to apply to their PNP, you will get an extra 600 CRS points which will practically guarantee your success under Express Entry.
Candidates are directly able to apply for a specific PNP program in any province or territory of their choice.
Creating an Express Entry profile will also give you more opportunities, especially if you qualify for any of the Express Entry programs.
Once you are in the Express Entry pool, you may get an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, or you may receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination if the territory or province you applied to is interested in your profile.
Iranian nationals have over 100 skilled worker immigration options they can benefit from. In addition to Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Program, Canada offers many other permanent residence immigration routes for skilled workers which include:
Family Class Sponsorship
If you have a very close relationship such as a spouse, common-law partner, a child, parent, or grandparent already residing in Canada, you may be able to move to Canada through the Family Sponsorship Program.
Such persons must meet the following requirements to be able to sponsor your immigration to Canada:
- Must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Must proof capacity to sponsor your travel and also be able to support you during your first days in Canada
Due to COVID-19 regulations at the moment, you may not be able to get sponsorship from anyone else but your spouse and children at this time.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot allows you to move into Canada when you study or have previous work experience in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador.
If you have an educational qualification in agriculture-related courses and valid work experience, you may be able to immigrate to Canada through Agri-Food Pilot.
The immigration pathway requires you to:
- Have relevant work experience for any of the industries and occupations classified as agro-based in Canada.
- Have a full-time and non-seasonal job offer in any of the relevant industries in Canada
- Meet certain language requirements
- Meet certain educational requirements
- Be ready to become a permanent resident in Canada or maintain temporary resident status if you are already in Canada
You can begin your process of living permanently in Canada by first studying in any of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in the country.
First, you will need to apply for any institution of learning of your choice and get an Acceptance Letter.
With your Acceptance Letter as proof of admission into the school, you will be able to apply for a Study Permit with the IRCC.
The Study Permit is valid for as long as your study in Canada lasts, before the end of your study, you may apply for any other immigration program you qualify for such as Express Entry or the Provincial Nominee Program.
You may also be able to get a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) after your studies and begin working in Canada immediately.
Q. Is Canada a Good Place to Live?
Ans. Canada is one of the easiest places to live in the world. The people are friendly, the standard of living is moderate, the environment is safe and social amenities are readily made available by the government.
Canada is still quite underpopulated and you will be able to find quiet if you live in the suburban areas.
However, the major cities like Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton are heavier populated and more full of activities. This also means that they offer more job opportunities than other regions in the country.
Q. Is Cost of Living in Canada Higher than Cost of Living in Iran?
Ans. If you are moving to Canada from Iran, you should expect to spend more than what you will spend to meet basic living requirements in Iran.
That is the standard of living in Canada is higher than that of Iran.
However, if you have the mind to work in Canada, your salary or wages should be able to cover your expenses and that of your immediate family members who come along with you.
Q. How much money do you need to Immigrate to Canada?
Ans. After considering all expenses such as PR fee, proof of language proficiency fee, medical tests, police clearance, etc., you will need about C$2500 to finish all that needs to be processed to finalize your immigration to Canada.
If you wish to travel with your spouse, you will spend about C$3000. If you are travelling with your kids, you will spend about C$3500 to C$6000 depending on the size of your family.
Note that the prices indicated here do not include the cost of your flight to Canada nor does it include the least amount require of you to prove sufficient funds to cater for yourself and your family when you immigrate to Canada.