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7 Pathways to Immigrate to Canada for 2021

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"Do you want to immigrate to Canada, but are unsure of the immigration placement after 2020? The Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 continues to have an impact on Canada’s immigration process. Due to Covid-19, Canada had to place new travel restrictions on March 18, 2020, to control the spread of the pandemic. However, Canada still managed to accept high levels of new permanent residents in the last year."
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Published on:  Apr 24, 2021
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Do you want to immigrate to Canada, but are unsure of the immigration placement after 2020? 

The Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 continues to have an impact on Canada’s immigration process. Due to Covid-19, Canada had to place new travel restrictions on March 18, 2020, to control the spread of the pandemic. However, Canada still managed to accept high levels of new permanent residents in the last year. 

The immigration system was still processing applications throughout 2020. 

With vaccine drive under process since December 2020, the Government of Canada has been ramping up its vaccination campaign.

There have been new measures put in place to help foreign nationals access different immigration programs. 

Canada’s Immigration Commitment is Consistent and Strong for 2021

Canada has committed to high immigration levels from 2020-2022. Canada aims to welcome over 400,000 new permanent residents every year. This target has not been affected by the pandemic. 

The federal and provincial governments continue to accept and process new applications in a bid to achieve the highest level of immigration targets in Canada’s history.

Take a look at our regularly updated Latest Express Entry Draw Updates and our Canada PNP Draw Updates.

Which Pathways Present Opportunities to Obtain Permanent Residency in 2021?

If you are hoping to immigrate to Canada in 2021, the following immigration programs could help you gain permanent residency:

1 Federal Express Entry System: 

The federal Express Entry system manages applications from 3 federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Applicants must submit their profile to the federal Express Entry system and be ranked by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

2 Startup Visa Program: 

The Start-up Visa Program was created to attract international entrepreneurs to set up a new business in Canada. Foreign business entrepreneurs can acquire permanent residency by starting a business with the support of a designated Canadian organization.

This is one of many programs for Business Immigration designed to attract international entrepreneurs and investors.

3 Provincial Nominee Programs: 

Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories. Except for Quebec and Nunavut, 9 provinces and 2 territories offer their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for foreign workers, international students, entrepreneurs and investors. 


These programs target foreign nationals with specific skills and experience relevant to the needs of each of their respective economies. Applicants to these programs must receive provincial nominations to qualify for permanent residence.

Each involved province and territory have streams that are also business and investor focused, called Provincial Business Programs.

4 Quebec Immigration: 

Quebec retains autonomy to operate its immigration system to maintain its unique identity.

There are several immigration programs affiliated with the Quebec immigration system for foreign workers and entrepreneurs.

However, applying for those streams is a 2 step process. Applicants will need approval from both the provincial and federal governments to qualify.

5 Study Permit: 

Coming to Canada on a study permit pursuing higher education is also a way to gain permanent residency further down the line.

International students eventually can transition to permanent residents after completing their study programs and acquiring qualifying work experience..

International students make up for more than 350,000 new permanent residents annually.

International students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic season and 40 hours a week during scheduled holidays.

After completing their study programs, international students usually apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to gain Canadian work experience.

This work experience can make them eligible to apply for permanent residency through the federal Express Entry system and various PNP streams across Canada for international graduates.

6 Family Sponsorship: 

Family Class Sponsorship permits Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their spouse or common-law partner, dependent children and parents and grandparents for permanent residence.

There are 3 categories of Family Class Sponsorship:

Spousal Sponsorship will be based on where your spouse is currently living. 

Canada also accepts your conjugal partner and same-sex relationships through Spousal Sponsorship.

A child will only be considered dependent if they are under the age of 22 and unmarried. Along with dependent child sponsorship, there are opportunities to sponsor more distant relatives.

7 Humanitarian and Refugee Immigration: 

Canada is an international leader in welcoming refugees and other immigrants for Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds.

Canada could grant permanent residency based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds.

Bonus: Other Immigration Programs for Foreign Workers

In addition to those mentioned above, there are many other immigration programs for foreign workers such as: 

Based on your eligibility and preference, you can apply through these available programs and immigrate to Canada in 2021.

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