This Canadian immigration management system processes applications for skilled foreign workers who want to move to Canada as permanent residents through certain “economic immigration” programs. Applicants who meet the criteria for a qualifying Canadian visa program must provide their details in an online Express Entry profile. After the Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued, an applicant has 90 days to submit the Canadian visa application and usually receives a decision within six months. Skilled foreign workers and their family members who are approved for Express Entry to Canada will be granted Canadian permanent resident status and be authorized to live, study and work in Canada for an unlimited length of time. A permanent resident of Canada receives many benefits, including the option to become a Canadian citizen after living in Canada three years during a five year period and meeting other criteria.
Qualifying Visa Programs
Skilled foreign workers who meet the eligibility requirements for one of the following Canadian visa programs may be able to apply for Express Entry immigration to Canada: