FAQs (Canada Immigration)

How to become a permanent resident of Canada?

The question of “how to become a permanent resident of Canada,” differs from candidate to candidate. Arriving at this answer is a matter of finding the Canadian immigration program that suits you best, as the prerequisites for Canadian permanent residency depend on the stream under which an individual qualifies. Canada has created a myriad of immigration streams based on various factors including age, education, work experience, net worth and willingness to invest as well as ties to Canada.

What are the benefits of becoming a Canadian permanent resident?

Canadian permanent residents and their dependents are entitled:

1) To receive almost all social benefits that Canadian citizens are entitled to, including Canadian health care.

2) To live, work and study in any Canadian province or territory.

3) To eventually apply for Canadian citizenship.

4) To protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

What are the first steps, I don’t know where to start?

There are many different ways that one can qualify themselves and their family for Canadian permanent residency. In fact, there are over 60 categories of Canadian immigration. The best way to proceed is to have a qualified expert assess your qualification for a Canada immigration visa.

For a assessment please fill out the form above.

What are Canadian citizenship requirements?


Candidates must be at least 18 years of age at the time an application is submitted (or have a parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf).

Time In Canada

In order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, a candidate must have lived in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) out of the past four years as a permanent resident before submitting an application. Children under 18 do not need to meet this requirement.

Official Languages

English and French are the official languages of Canada. You need to demonstrate proficiency in at least one of these two languages in order to become a Canadian citizen.

Criminal History

Certain convictions will render you criminally inadmissible to Canada. Please contact FWCanada for information on how your criminal conviction might affect your application.

Canadian permanent resident requirements are different from citizenship requirements:

The elements required to become a Canadian permanent resident vary depending on the stream through which you are accepted. Once you are a permanent resident of Canada you must remain in Canada for 2 of 5 years in order to maintain it. To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must have permanent resident status and it must not be in question. To be

clear, you must not be the subject of an immigration investigation, an immigration inquiry or a removal order.

Who Can Apply for Canadian Citizenship?

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age in order to begin the application process for Canadian citizenship.

In order to apply for citizenship on behalf of a child under 18, the following conditions must be met:

  • the individual applying for Canadian citizenship is the child’s parent or legal guardian
  • the child in question must be a permanent resident of Canada, but is not required to have lived in Canada for three years; and
  • one parent is already a Canadian citizen or is applying to become a citizen as well. This stipulation also applies to adoptive parents.

Are you in the U.S. Without Status?

There are approximately 12 million people living in the U.S without legal status, a situation that is unsettling and exposes foreigners to abuse, and a life without certainty. Canada is an attractive alternative because Canadian employers value North American work experience and life in Canada is not significantly different from life in the U.S. Most people assume that their illegal status in the US is grounds for automatic disqualification but this is not the case. Each year thousands of individuals without status in the United States find the home they were looking for in Canada.

Latest News

Express Entry: First all-program draw since start of pandemic

Canada has resumed all-program Express Entry draws and is now issuing invitations to apply to Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates.

Canada’s first all-program Express Entry draw since March 4 has issued 3,900 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 478 to be invited in the July 8 invitation round.

Since the coronavirus was labeled a pandemic and Canada introduced travel restriction to prevent its spread, Express Entry draws have been limited to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. This left FSWP and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSTP) candidates in limbo.

Most CEC candidates are already in Canada and therefore are not affected by Canada’s current travel restrictions. PNP candidates continue to be invited as well to allow provinces to meet their labor market needs. It is important to note however that even when Canada was excluding FSWP and FSTP candidates, some of the CEC and PNP candidates being invited in previous draws were also outside of Canada.

Why Toronto would be a good location for Duolingo

After the CEO of Duolingo said that he may be forced to move jobs to Toronto due to the U.S. immigration ban, prominent Canadians are saying, “Let us know if we can help.”

The tweet by Luis von Ahn went viral on July 6. Canada’s Chief Trade Commissioner, Ailish Campbell, and the COO of Shopify, Harley Finkelstein, offered their support for the tech giant to move jobs north of the border.

Twitter was quick to point out that Toronto’s multicultural demographic would be a great fit for Duolingo, a tech company that offers language lessons in a mobile app.

Nearly half of Toronto’s 3 million residents are foreign-born, according to the 2016 Statistics Canada census. This makes for over 200 languages spoken in the city.

A recent study from Ryerson University found that the Greater Toronto Area was the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Canada and the U.S. thanks to immigration.

Toronto is also becoming known as a tech hub in Canada. Last year Toronto was the number one city in Canada and the U.S. for “brain gain,” meaning there were more jobs created in tech than there were grads in the same field.

There are also several avenues for foreign tech workers to immigrate to Canada. Here are just three options