Permanent Programmes: An overview

Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW): Canada is moving towards a program that targets economic migrants who have skills that are urgently required in the job market. Skilled workers are selected as permanent residents based on a points system, which assesses their education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French, and other criteria that will help them become economically established in Canada.

Business Immigration: Canada welcomes three types of business immigrants - investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed persons; there are programs available for each. Business immigrants are expected to make an $800,000 investment or to own and manage businesses in Canada (although the government has announced that it will be changing the business investor criteria later this year). Applicants must also meet certain experience and/or net worth criteria for each type.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): This programme allows Canada's provinces to select immigrants who have the skills, education and work experience needed to make an immediate economic contribution to the province that nominates them. The employer makes a job offer to a foreign worker who can then include the offer as part of their application to their provincial immigration office. Once they have been nominated by the province, workers can apply to Citizenship & Immigation Canada for permanent residence.

Canadian Experience Class: If you are a temporary foreign worker or a foreign student who graduated in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under this program. Applicants must meet certain minimum requirements, such as qualifying work experience, knowledge of English or French and the ability to contribute effectively to Canada‚Äôs economy.

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