Canada is the most-accepting country for a migrant. With 432,000 permanent residents to be welcomed in 2022, many are considering Canada to migrate overseas with their families.

Expats in the UAE have 100+ immigration options to choose from. A majority of those who migrate to Canada from the UAE are expatriates. Every year, many immigrate to Canada from the UAE.

Both Emirati citizens and foreign expats are considered equal when applying for Canadian immigration from the UAE.

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You may want to migrate to Canada for these reasons:

  • Good work-life balance
  • Pathway to citizenship
  • Universal healthcare
  • High-quality education
  • Many job opportunities

Connection to the US (Canadian permanent residents can work in the US, if eligible)

The UAE is among the top countries of residence for those applying for permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry system.

The most sought-after Canada immigration route for those applying from Dubai – expats living in the UAE or Emirati citizens – is to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker.

If you wish to migrate to Canada, you will have to apply for Permanent Resident status (granted for five years, which can later be renewed).


  • Live, work, and study anywhere in Canada
  • Extend or renew your Canada permanent residency status after five years
  • Bring family along
  • Family members can also live, study, and work in Canada if granted permanent residence.
  • Avail most social benefits
  • Enjoy protection under Canadian law
  • Free Education
  • Universal Healthcare
  • Freedom to move within and outside Canada multiple times
  • Freedom to start a business
  • Eligible for Canadian citizenship after living in Canada for 1,095 days (i.e., three years) within the five years of being granted Canadian permanent residence


Canada PR can be acquired through different pathways. The right Canadian immigration programs will be based on your circumstances and background.

Canada offers different immigration programs. Among these, the most popular ones are:

Within a standard processing time of 6 months, Canada Express Entry is the most popular way to move to Canada with family.

The federal Express Entry system comes under Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Canadian permanent residence applications for Canada’s leading economic immigration programs are managed through the Express Entry system.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) For skilled workers with overseas work experience that want to immigrate to Canada permanently.
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) For skilled workers that want to take up Canadian permanent residency based on their being qualified in a specific skilled trade.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) For skilled workers that have previous recent work experience in Canada and want to become permanent residents.

67-points eligibility will have to be met for applying for permanent residence in Canada through IRCC Express Entry.

Factor Maximum Points Available
Language skills (in English / French) 28 points
Education 25 points
Work experience 15 points
Age 12 points
Arranged employment in Canada 10 points
Adaptability 10 points

A candidate applying for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry will go through a points-based selection system.

To apply under the Express Entry system, you must get 67 points out of 100 in the eligibility calculation. Those scoring less than 67 points in the Express Entry selection factor point grid cannot apply under Canada Express Entry.

Once candidates enter the candidate pool, they are ranked per a 1,200 Comprehensive Ranking System matrix. The higher you score, the better your chances of being invited to apply by IRCC.

The highest-ranked are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the federal draws held from time to time.


STEP 1: Check eligibility

You can check your eligibility with the help of Y-Axis Canada immigration Points calculator.

STEP 2: Get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Report

If you have done your education outside Canada, you should get an ECA Report from an IRCC-designated organization. It is to prove that your educational qualifications are equal to those awarded by the Canadian educational system.

STEP 3: Appear for language tests, such as IELTS

As the next step in the Express Entry program, you should take the required English language proficiency tests. Your test score should be less than two years old at the time of application.

You will gain extra points if you know French. To prove your proficiency in French, you can give a French language test like the Test de evaluation de Francians (TEF).

STEP 4: Create your Canada Express Entry profile

STEP 5: Get your CRS score

The profiles in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Based on the profile of applicants, a CRS score is given, which will help provide a ranking in the Express Entry pool.

The assessment fields for the CRS score include:

  • Skills
  • Education
  • Language ability
  • Work experience
  • Other factors

Your profile gets selected for the Express Entry draw if you have the required CRS score for that draw.

STEP 5: Get your Invitation to Apply (ITA)

If your profile gets selected from the Canada Express Entry pool, you will get an ITA from the Canadian government. Only after you get your ITA from IRCC that you might apply.

STEP 6: Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence


Canada PNP offers another route to permanent residency in Canada that goes through the provincial and territorial governments.

The PNP of Canada is for workers that intend to take up Canadian permanent residence, settling within a specific province or territory. Such individuals must possess the education, skills, and work experience to contribute to the economy of the province/territory nominating them.

There are around 80 immigration pathways or streams available under Canadian PNP. Each PNP stream available for immigrating to Canada targets a specific class of immigrants. A PNP stream can target skilled workers, semi-skilled workers, international students, and business people.

Quebec is not a part of PNP and has its immigration programs as per the Canada-Quebec Accord.

*Evaluate your eligibility to Quebec with the help of Y-Axis Quebec Immigration Points calculator.

Province / Territory PNP Program
Alberta Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
British Columbia British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
Manitoba Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
Ontario Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
New Brunswick New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP)
Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories Provincial Nominee Program
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
Yukon Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

Some of the PNP pathways are linked with Canada Express Entry. These are enhanced nominations and follow a completely online application process. Those not connected to Express Entry have a paper-based application process based on nominations.

Individuals interested in doing business in Canada can apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Canada Business Immigration Program.


The Business Immigration Program was designed to encourage migrants who can invest in Canada and start a business. The Canadian government has specified three categories of people for the Business Immigration pathway.

These are:

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Self Employed Persons


Individuals who are permanent residents or citizens of Canada can sponsor their family members for permanent resident status if they are 18 years or older.

They are eligible to sponsor the following categories of family members:

  • Spouse
  • Conjugal partner
  • Common-law partner
  • Dependent or adopted children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents


  • Pathway for entrepreneur/self-employed person
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • Pathway for family
  • Pathway for Investors

In all, foreign expats and Emiratis have more than 100 pathways available before them to immigrate to Canada.

While Express Entry and Canadian PNP are among the most sought-after routes to Canadian permanent residence, other pathways are also there. The eligibility criteria and application process will differ from pathway to pathway.

Do you want to migrate to Canada? Contact Y-Axis, the leading Overseas Immigration Consultant.

Express Entry in 2022

Total draws: 9

Total ITAs: 8086

Sl. No. Draw No. Invited Date of Draw Time of Draw CRS cut-off ITAs issued Tie-breaking rule applied
1 #213 PNP January 5, 2022 15:50:48 UTC CRS 808 392 March 04, 2021 at 16:57:50 UTC
2 #214 PNP January 19, 2022 14:39:22 UTC CRS 745 1,036 July 05, 2021 at 13:12:05 UTC
3 #215 PNP February 02, 2022 14:16:27 UTC CRS  674 1,070 February 18 2021 at 05:05:15 UTC
4 #216 PNP February 16, 2022 14:36:05 UTC CRS 710 1082 October 07, 2021 at 11:36:55 UTC
5 #217 PNP March 02, 2022 14:36:05 UTC CRS 761 1047 January 05, 2022 at 14:22:03 UTC
6 #218 PNP March 16, 2022 14:16:27 UTC CRS  754 924 February 10, 2022 at 14:35:27 UTC
7 #219 PNP March 30, 2022 20:23:16 UTC CRS 785 919 November 15, 2021 at 20:23:16 UTC
8 #220 PNP April 13, 2022 April 13, 2022 at  14:13:01 UTC CRS 782 787 April 07, 2022 at 16:31:21 UTC
9 #221 PNP April 27, 2022 April 27,2022 16:04:21 UTC CRS 772 829 March 24,2022 at 8:00:50 UTC
What are the perks of permanent residence in Canada?

Permanent resident status in Canada allows you to work and live permanently in the country with your family. It will enable you to apply for citizenship after living in the country on permanent resident status for 1,095 days (within the next five years from being granted permanent residence).

What are the requirements for permanent residence in Canada?

There are various immigration programs under which you can migrate. Some popular programs for getting your Canadian permanent residence are:

  • Express Entry Program
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Each immigration program has its own set of criteria.

What are the Canada permanent residency eligibility points?

The eligibility requirement for Canadian permanent residency (via the federal Express Entry system) is 67 points out of 100. You will need to score at least 67 points under the eligibility criteria to create an Express Entry profile.

Which family members can I include on my application for Canadian permanent residence?

Dependents that can be included are:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner
  • Your dependent child
  • Your spouse/partner’s dependent child
  • · A dependent child of a dependent child
Can I include my parents in my Canada Express Entry application?

Family members that can’t be included when applying for Canadian permanent residence via Express Entry

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Uncle or aunt
  • Brother or sister
  • Nephew or niece
  • Other relatives

However, you might be able to sponsor such relatives after you acquire permanent residence and settle in Canada.

What is the processing time for Canada Express Entry applications?

6 months is the standard processing time for Canadian permanent residence applications submitted through the Express Entry system. The application must be complete in all respects.

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