Do you wish to immigrate to Canada but don’t know where to start? If you are interested in immigrating for work, then the first step is to identify which immigration pathways are available to you based on your occupation.
Canada offers several immigration programs for skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers based on their occupation and work experience. Canada uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) list to identify different occupations into groups for immigration purposes. Occupations are classified based on the responsibilities attached to the job and the nature of work.
Major occupational groups include NOC Skill Level 0 corresponds to management level occupations like restaurant manager, mine manager, etc.
NOC Skill Level A includes occupations that require a degree from a university like doctors, dentists, architects, etc.
NOC Skill Level B includes occupations that require a college diploma or job-specific training like electricians, plumbers, chefs, etc.
NOC Skill Level C includes occupations that require a high school diploma or job-specific training like long-haul truck driver, food and beverage servers, etc.
If you belong to 1 of these occupational groups, then several provincial programs can help you obtain permanent residence in Canada.
Canadian provinces and territories have their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) offering immigration streams for foreign workers in different occupational groups.
PNPs are an easier and faster route for permanent residency. You can apply for the following PNPs:
The OINP offers immigration streams for foreign workers in NOC Skill level 0, A or B only under 2 categories:
Employer Job Offer Category: This category is for foreign workers with a valid job offer. It offers 2 immigration streams:
Human Capital Category: This category is aligned with the Federal Express Entry system. It offers the following streams:
The BC PNP offers the following immigration categories for foreign workers in the NOC Skill level 0, A, B or C:
Skills Immigration stream: This category offers the following substreams:
Applicants in the NOC skill level 0, A or B can also apply for the BC PNP and Express Entry (EEBC).
The AINP offers special economic immigration streams for high skilled and semi-skilled foreign workers:
The SINP offers different immigration categories for foreign workers who wish to immigrate:
International Skilled Worker Category (SINP): The following subcategories offer immigration pathways for foreign workers in occupations classified as NOC Skill level 0, A or B:
Saskatchewan Experience Category (SINP): This category is for foreign nationals currently employed in the province. It offers an immigration pathway for foreign nationals in occupations classified as NOC Skill level 0, A, B or C:
The MPNP offers the following immigration categories for foreign workers in the mentioned skill groups:
Skilled Worker Immigration Stream (MPNP): There are 2 categories under this stream:
International Education Stream (MPNP): There are 2 categories under this stream:
The NBPNP offers immigration pathways through the following streams:
The NSNP offers the following immigration streams for foreign workers:
The NLPNP offers the following immigration streams for foreign workers in occupations classified as NOC Skill level 0, A, B or C:
The PEI PNP offers the following immigration category for foreign workers:
Labour Impact Category (PEI PNP): This category has 3 substreams:
Prince Edward Island also offers the PEI PNP Express Entry for foreign nationals eligible for the federal Express Entry system.
The YNP offers the following immigration pathways for foreign workers:
The NTNP offers the following category for foreign workers who wish to immigrate:
Northwest Territories Employer Driven Program: This program offers 2 substreams:
The NTNP also operates the Express Entry System for Skilled Workers for foreign workers eligible for the Federal Express Entry system.
If you want to immigrate to 1 of the 4 Atlantic provinces of Canada, then you could try the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).
The AIPP offers an easier immigration pathway to the Atlantic provinces of Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Based on your occupation classification, you can apply for 1 of the 2 immigration pilots offered to foreign workers:
You will be required to meet the eligibility requirements based on each program.
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