If you want to work, study, do business or live permanently in Canada, you will need to apply to Canada's federal government department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). IRCC is responsible for processing all immigration applications to Canada and issuing visas and/or work permits.CIC is responsible for processing all immigration applications to Canada and issuing visas and/or work permits.CIC is responsible for processing all immigration applications to Canada and issuing visas and/or work permits.
There are many different immigration programs under which you can apply to come to Canada. Each program has a different application and eligibility requirements. IRCC's Come to Canada tool can help you determine what program you can apply for, and how to submit an online or paper application.
The rules to apply for immigration can change without notice. Make sure you check IRCC's website regularly and update your information. There is also a IRCC Help Centre where you can find answers to many common immigration related questions.
Express Entry System
The Canadian government wants to attract the best and most talented people to come to Canada.
An Express Entry model, previously known as the Expression of Interest (EOI) model, is a system where people from outside of Canada (applicants) write their skills, education, language ability and work experience in an online application form.
Only when Canadian employers need to find and hire people with specific skills or experience, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will choose and invite those qualified individuals or applicants to come to Canada.
Learn more about the Express Entry System..
Federal Skilled Workers and Federal Skilled Trades Program
To learn more visit IRCC's website - Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program.
More students from around the globe are also being accepted to immigrate under the
International students program. If you aspire to attain high-quality education in world-class institutions, learn more about studying in Canada.
Start-up Visa Program
Canada's new Start-up Visa Program is the first of its kind in the world. It links immigrant entrepreneurs with experienced private sector organizations who are experts in working with start-ups. To be eligible to receive a start-up visa, you must:
For more details visit IRCC's website - Start-up Visa Program.
Provincial Nominee Program
Provincial Nominee Program is an immigration program through which Ontario government nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. To learn more about its eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the IRCC's website - Provincial Nominee Program and Opportunities Ontario website.