If you are a citizen or resident in Singapore and are interested in Canada immigration, we will need to understand the process of moving to Canada right. We are aware that people who wish to immigrate to Canada from Singapore are looking for reasons like:
- To be in a larger economy
- To study in Canada to further their education
- Finding a better work-life balance
- Creating a better future for their families
There are many Singaporeans who consider moving to Canada as stage 1 of moving to the USA. People from all walks of life in Singapore attempt immigration to Canada. It’s only a pleasant fact that Canada barely makes any distinction between the nationalities of immigrants arriving in the country. So, no matter you are an ex-pat in Singapore or a citizen of Singapore, Canada treats you without any difference.
Most people moving from Singapore to Canada are trying to get the status of a Canadian permanent resident. With permanent residency in Canada, they can:
- Own property in Canada
- Access the Canadian education system for their children
- Access medical care
- Enter and leave the country as they wish without any further visas
- Live and work in Canada
A Canada PR visa can even be converted to Canadian citizenship in time. Even better, Singapore allows dual citizenship!
Duration of Canada PR
You can retain Canada PR indefinitely, provided you accumulate at least 2 years of residency every 5 years, which needn’t be consecutive.
Categories of Canada immigration from Singapore
- Federal Skilled Worker
- Provincial Nominee Program
- Quebec Skilled Worker
- Family Sponsorship
- Canadian Experience Class
- Business Immigrant
How to apply for Canada immigration
A Singapore citizen or an ex-pat living in Singapore could move to Canada as a skilled migrant. For this, the applicant must have a qualified occupation first. Then, they can qualify to enter the Express Entry pool of Canada.
Once you join the pool, you can opt from many pathways to immigrate to Canada based on your experience, skills, language skills, etc.
The following steps should be taken to immigrate from Singapore to Canada:
Step 1: Find a suitable occupation in-demand
Canada gives out a list of occupations to which the country needs skilled foreign individuals to take up the jobs. Once you compare your skills, experience, and qualifications with the occupations that are published in the NOC list, and find a match, you can get a free assessment to learn how to make it to Canada.
Step 2: Get your immigration points score
After identifying the right in-demand occupation for you from the NOC list, you have to find out your score on the Canadian Immigration Points score matrix. On the basis of the score, the Canadian government will issue ITAs to immigration candidates like you. This will be to apply for Canada PR.
The points will be assigned for factors such as education, age, work experience, language proficiency, family ties in Canada, etc.
Step 3: Submit your Express Entry application
At this stage, you will be ready to file your complete application along with documents required for immigration with IRCC. This will be followed by the processing of your application and the decision made on granting a visa.
Once your Canada immigration visa is granted, you will have 12 months within which you will have to arrive in Canada to activate the Canada PR visa.
You can immigrate to Canada via federal immigration draws or PNP, in which you are invited from a province that finds you suitable to meet its labor market requirements. If you get nominated by a Canadian province, you can get extra points and get to the front line to get selected in the federal immigration draw.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada