Immigrate to Canada as a permanent resident or to work or study temporarily
As a newcomer, moving to Canada can unlock exciting new opportunities for your life. Whether you plan to settle in Canada permanently or thinking of working or studying here temporarily, the first step in your newcomer journey is to understand the various immigration programs Canada offers and review their eligibility criteria to choose the ideal one for you.
For newcomers planning to move to Canada permanently, the Express Entry program is the most popular option, but depending on your situation, you may also qualify for other permanent residence (PR) programs such as Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), the Family sponsorship program, or the Start-Up Visa program, among others.
You can also opt for temporary residence as a pathway to permanent residence and apply for a Canadian work permit or study permit. As an international student or temporary foreign worker, you can gain Canadian work experience and educational credentials which makes it easier to qualify for permanent residence later.
Many newcomers hire an immigration consultant to help with their immigration application, while others prefer to apply on their own. Regardless of the approach you choose, the information and tips we share in this guide will help you identify an immigration program you’re more likely to qualify for, accurately estimate the cost of immigrating to Canada, and arrive prepared for your life in Canada.