Category Archives: Immigrate to Canada

June shows Some job Retrieval in Canada

Coronavirus has turned life upside down throughout the world. The economy has suffered tremendous losses amid worldwide lockdowns. However, with the vaccine against the virus being in place the life seems to be getting back to normal with wider job openings and relaxation in travel restrictions. 

Though the Canadian economy has recovered to a certain extent, the losses are incomparable to enhanced employment opportunities. Canada recorded a loss of 275,000 jobs in the months of April and May 2021. From November 2020 to January 2021, the employment rate in Canada recorded an upward trend. Another wave of coronavirus that spread at the beginning of January 2021 again led to the decline in Canada’s employment. 

The good news now is that most people have been vaccinated in Canada, and thus, the Canadian Government had started relaxing restrictions and lockdown in May 2021. The restaurants, personal care services and various other leisure activities had recommenced in 8 Canadian provinces.    

Immigrants, who immigrated to Canada more than five years ago, have witnessed a high employment rate in recent times. This high employment rate can be attributed to the travel restrictions that have led to low incoming of immigrants in Canada.  

The job opportunities are immense in Canada in the coming years as per NOC (National Occupational Classification), for skilled professionals in Healthcare, Food Services, Laboratories, Epidemiology and Biological Research, Digital Marketing (Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations), IT, IT Consultancy and Information Systems Analysis, Data Management Science, and many more. 

It is, therefore, the best time for professionals across industries to discover their prospects for Canadian Immigration. To learn more, contact Options Abroad, possessing decades of experience in converting hundreds and thousands of permanent residency applications in Canada into a success.  

New score system for immigration to Quebec launched

The candidates wishing to migrate to Quebec but are willing to settle outside Montreal will be given extra points in the new Quebec’s scoring system.

The new points system has been launched in the Arrima expression of interest pool to rank the candidates.

The total maximum points available are 1,320, out of which 580 are for human capital, and 740 are for Quebec’s labour market needs.

IRCC launches Parents and Grandparents (PGP) 2021 program

Canadian Government launches its Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2021 sponsorship program. IRCC is all set to invite around 30,000 applicants to sponsor their parents and grandparents through a lottery (Draw) to immigrate to Canada. 

The lottery is scheduled to be conducted in the third week of September 2021. After the lottery, the Canadian Government will send invitations for the next two weeks. The lucky ones whose requests will be accepted will have to submit their requests for sponsorship to the Canadian Government within a time frame of 60 days.   

The parents and grandparents accepted under the PGP program will be granted permanent residence status and eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship later on.

Eligible terms and conditions for PGP applicants

Individuals seeking permanent resident status in Canada for their parents and grandparents must fulfill the following eligibility criteria. 

Age and Essential support: The sponsorship applicant should be 18 years or above. One should be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or status First Nation possessing all the resources and means to upkeep the family member to be sponsored. 

Financial Status: The applicant should be financially strong with a regular source of income. Therefore, applicants should know the financials they need to maintain to support each member they are willing to sponsor. The Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) is thus the eligibility criteria for the PGP. 

For Quebec: For individuals who live in Quebec and want to sponsor parents or grandparents will have their financials assessed by the Quebec Immigration Ministry. 

A signed undertaking is required both by the IRCC and the Government of Quebec, mentioning the tenure for which the sponsor is responsible for the finances of the family members they are sponsoring. The tenure of the undertaking is 20 years for parents and grandparents in Canada and 10 years in Quebec.        

To know more about PGP program, call Options Abroad, Today. Options Abroad has answers to all your immigration queries.    

Financial Planning is crucial for freshers in Canada! Find out how?

Canada is acknowledged for its excellent affordable life and is recognized as a happy country. It has an amazing healthcare system, tremendous natural resources, outstanding education system, peaceful environment, growing economy, and friendly people. All these qualities make Canada the sought for immigration destination. Well, most of the good things are for free in Canada, still making a transition from home country to Canada needs a lot of planning, especially from a financial perspective. 

Now that you have received an invitation from the Canadian Government to settle in Canada, it’s time for you to plan your finances, as taking a transition from one country to another is quite taxing. It would help if you catered to travel expenses while searching for accommodation or job, hotel stay, food, etc. The visa and associated fees also need money. The other unavoidable expenses may include nursery or schools for the kids, money for food and sightseeing, car hire, a mobile phone, and internet coverage. 

So, before you make a move to Canada, the best thing for you to do is to take out a pen and a paper and note down all the expenses that you will have to incur during the initial phase of your settlement in Canada. 

Mandatory steps for fresh immigrants to manage finances well in Canada 

  • Opening a bank account

Though opening a bank account for freshers in Canada is tough, particularly when someone is not lawfully admitted into a Canadian college or institute, or if an employer does not legally hire someone in the country. Whatever is the mode of someone’s transition to Canada, like student visa, permanent residency, work permit, or business visa, one must explore Scotiabank StartRight Progam1. 

The documents required to apply include Permanent Resident Card, Passport, Citizenship and Immigration Canada Form, and more. 

  • Establish a good credit score

A good credit score is helpful for approval of loans and in making significant purchases like Home. The credit score is also estimated in Canada through apartment rental agreements. The wisest way to develop credit for newcomers is by opening a credit card account with bank help. 

For more details on financial planning before landing in Canada, consult Options Abroad, offering multiple immigration solutions under one roof.   

Relaxed travel restrictions to boost immigration in Canada

In May 2021, Canada welcomed 17000 new immigrants, the lowest number recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IRCC has been observing a slow immigration rate straight from the past four months, whereas the year started extremely well.

The number of new immigrants welcomed to Canada start declining gradually as per the following table:

MonthNumber of Immigrants Welcomed

Until May 2021, Canada has welcomed 108,000 immigrants, which is a low number as per the set targets under Immigration Levels Plan 2021-2023.

Canada set the target of inviting 401,000 new immigrants each year starting from 2021. This is the most striving target ever set by IRCC for welcoming aspiring migrators in Canada to support economic recovery after COVID 19 pandemic.

Canada was targeting to welcome 341,000 new immigrants in 2020, but only 184,000 immigrants entered the country due to travel constraints and other coronavirus-related troubles since March 2020.

Before the pandemic hit the country, between 25,000 and 35,000 immigrants used to enter Canada every month. During the spring and summer months, the number of immigrants used to be high. These are the months with favourable weather conditions, and the academic and business calendar starts in September in Canada.

However, only 4,100 new arrivals were registered in April 2020 and continued to be under 20,000 each month for the rest of 2020.

Currently, IRCC is focusing on processing the permanent residence applications for those who are already living in Canada and have applied through Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and other programs. Through the Express Entry draws, candidates falling under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are invited. Total 93,842 candidates are already invited to apply for PR in 2021 which is double the figure in 2020. IRCC also brought up new PR streams for up to 90,000 international graduates and workers, and it is expected that about 40,000 of these applications will be processed by the end of 2021.

As the immigration target is high, in the coming years more and more applications will be accepted. To apply for one of the programs leading to Canadian Permanent Residency, contact Options Abroad powered by a board of experienced IRCC members, immigration lawyers, and leading visa and immigration experts.