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Immigration to Canada from Dubai: What You Need to Know

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A group of people with different races are holding a huge banner with the word "welcome" on it.Canada is well known for welcoming immigrants. With its thriving economy and diverse population, many newcomers find it easy to make a start here. If immigration to Canada from Dubai is on your mind, do some research to discover the unique qualities of this country and think about where you might want to settle. With ten provinces and three territories - each with its own characteristics - there is a lot to consider.

You also need to know about the immigration programs Canada has to offer.

Express Entry System

Most people considering immigration to Canada from Dubai want to work and create a new life here. The federal government's department, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has developed the Express Entry system to make the application process more straightforward.

Express Entry pools applicants for the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. These three programs are aimed at selecting possible immigrants who have the skills and experience necessary to meet available job requirements.

When you create an online profile in the Express Entry system, your information determines your eligibility to immigrate and your position in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The CRS assigns points according to certain criteria such as: work experience, education, language ability (English and/or French), and valid job offers. Having more CRS points makes you more eligible for immigration.

Profile Information

One important thing to understand is that the work experience, training, and education from Dubai may not seem to meet Canadian requirements. In order to determine how the training and education measure to the Canadian standards, you may need to complete an Educational Credential Assessment.

Being able to read, write, and speak in at least one of Canada’s two official languages - English and French - is a key requirement. To establish your proficiency in either one or both, you need to take a language test and submit your scores with your profile. IRCC accepts only certain tests, so be sure you take the correct one.

A job offer is not necessary to start an Express Entry profile. While a job offer improves CRS scores, there is a job service available to applicants. The federal Job Bank service has job postings and allows applicants to search for work that matches their skills and experience then apply for those jobs.

IRCC may also request a medical exam to ensure there are no potential health issues that could put a strain on the healthcare system.

The Next Step

Applicants in the Express Entry pool who meet a certain CRS standard could receive an invitation from IRCC to apply for permanent residency. To improve the chance of receiving an invitation, consider a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

The PNP allows the provinces and territories to identify the skills and work experience they need to fill available jobs in that region. Once suitable candidates have been found in the Express Entry pool, the province or territory can nominate the applicants for permanent residency.

Most PNP require the candidate to settle in the province or territory. This is where that research becomes valuable. As you fill in your profile, you can select the provinces or territories where you would prefer to live and perhaps become eligible for their PNP.

Family Sponsorship

Immigration to Canada from Dubai might also be possible through the Canadian Family Sponsorship Program. To qualify, you must already have family - an adult child or grandchild - who are either citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Your relative must first express an interest in becoming a sponsor. IRCC receives expressions  of interest for only a specific time each year. The intended sponsor must wait until the following year if the deadline passes.

IRCC invites the selected people to apply to be sponsors. If your relative is approved and applies, your eligibility for permanent residency will then be assessed. There is a financial commitment for your sponsor. He or she is financially responsible for you while you get settled in Canada.

Application Delays

Incomplete applications and improper documentation can delay an application being process. In some cases, an application may even be rejected. It is important to provide the documentation IRCC requests because they will not process your application without it.

If an applicant has had serious financial issues in Dubai, the IRCC might refuse the application. The same thing can happen if someone has a criminal record - including some traffic infractions. This is true even for charges that might have occurred years ago. Be sure any offenses have been discharged before you apply to immigrate to Canada.

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