Syria remains one of the major sources of new Canadian permanent residents even during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the first half of 2020, the Middle Eastern country dropped from the seventh to the ninth spot in the rankings of the top major sources of new Canadian permanent residents by country of origin.
The high rate of Syrians becoming permanent residents in recent years is connected to Canada’s response to the refugee crisis that rocked the country, beginning in 2015. Over 40,000 Syrians were welcomed to Canada.
Now, those Syrian refugees and their family members are becoming permanent residents, practically creating a new stream of immigration to Canada.
The number of Syrians who became Canada permanent residents in the first half of 2020 fell below the number of French and Brazilians as coronavirus travel restrictions disrupt immigration activities.
Last year, only 4,960 French nationals and 5,290 Brazilians citizens became new Canadian permanent residents compared to about 10,120 Syrians. That made Syria more important as a major source of new permanent residents.
As COVID-19 pandemic is slowly abating in Canada and the country is re-opening its borders and economy after the lockdowns. With that growth in the Canadian economy, immigration is likely to become more important than ever.
If you are a Syrian looking at genuine way to immigrating to Canada from Syria, then you are in luck, cos we got you covered! There are many immigration pathways for Syrians seeking to immigrate to Canada.
Express Entry System
Express Entry is the main tool that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications.
If you want to apply for immigration under the Express Entry system, you must meet certain requirements of at least one of these programs: the Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), the Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Chances are that you will need to be qualified under the FSWP if you have never lived in Canada before.
Assuming you meet the requirements of the FSWP, you can then go ahead and lodge an Express Entry profile to 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 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 biggest CRS scores to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Despite its travel restrictions, IRCC is still inviting successful candidates who live abroad since such people will be key to supporting Canada’s post-pandemic economy recovery.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is another main economic class immigration route for those coming from Syria. The PNP is the second-biggest skilled worker pathway after Express Entry.
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.
You can do this by opening 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 addition, creating an Express Entry profile gives you more opportunities.
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 provinces is interested in your profile.
Syrian nationals have over 100 skilled worker immigration options they can benefit from. In addition to Express Entry and the Provincial nominee programs, Canada offers many other permanent residence immigration routes for skilled workers.