Canada is one of the top immigration destinations for people from India for various reasons. It is a beautiful country to visit during their vacations, offers internationally recognized universities that provide top-quality education to students and also offer 80 immigration pathways for those who wish to permanently settle.
East Indians often have high success with obtaining permanent residence in Canada through the vast variety of immigration streams available to them.
Those wishing to work here find it easier to apply through the streams available under the Express Entry system.
After graduation, East Indian students can also apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit if they wish to gain Canadian work experience and residency.
Canada offers much more flexibility and potential for East Indian immigrants than the United States. Canada also gives its permanent residents the benefit of living and working freely in the country and access to universal public health care and social services.
Permanent Residency is the most attractive and popular immigration status among East Indian immigrants. Permanent Residency in Canada gives immigrants the freedom to freely change employers and add accompanying family members in their initial application.
What Are the Different Immigration Pathways Available in Canada?
There are several ways to apply for permanent residency in Canada. The most common and successful among East Indians is the federal Express Entry system.
In 2019, East Indians received the highest Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through the Express Entry system.
However, there are other options available to skilled workers in specific occupations. For example, several provincial and territorial immigration streams allow the immigration of foreign workers in targeted occupations in-demand in each region.
Canada has 11 active Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) that help the provinces and territories to nominate eligible candidates for permanent residence. With the exception of Nunavut and Quebec.
East Indians working in the Tech industry can benefit from the Tech Pilot PNP stream offered by British Columbia that has a growing need for skilled tech workers.
If you are fluent in the French language, then you can qualify for Quebec Immigration which operates independently from the federal government.
Canada offers immigration opportunities for semi or low-skilled workers in India too. Through immigration programs like the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, semi-skilled workers can apply for permanent residency in Canada and reside in rural communities.
East Indian entrepreneurs and investors can also qualify through various Business Immigration streams offered at the federal and provincial levels.
However, the first step for any prospective East Indian immigrant remains to identify the immigration program that you would qualify for and apply accordingly.
This is the evaluation process. Every Canadian immigration program has specific requirements, consequently, applicants must evaluate the criteria carefully to choose the one that suits their situation and background the best. There are general pathways like Family Sponsorship programs and Study Permits that allow you to transition to permanent residency later. Even the study permit has a subset known as the Student Direct Stream (SDS). The SDS is for international students residing in India, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam who meet the eligibility criteria and wish to transition to permanent residence. The SDS offers faster processing of your study permit application.