Bonjour Québec! A Brief Look at Immigrating to Canada

By Monique Lapointe, Manager, Immigration Services

Do you know how easy it is to immigrate to Canada? Well it’s not. Many Canadians and foreigners believe that immigrating to Canada is a simple process that can be accomplished in a few months. In fact, processing times depend on the nature of the immigration program and the applicant’s country of origin. If someone is planning to settle in Quebec, the procedure is more complicated because Quebec has the right to select its own immigrants. This means that the process involves more money, more time, and additional eligibility criteria. For instance, if someone wanted to become a permanent resident through the Skilled Worker program, they would first need to be selected by Quebec (Quebec Selection Certificate) before obtaining Federal approval of their application. On average, the entire process can take 2-3 years to complete.

On the other hand, family reunification is one of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s top objectives under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. If a Canadian sponsors a spouse, the process is expedited and, in some cases, the sponsored person can remain in Canada with their spouse throughout the processing of their application. The eligibility criterion under this program, however, is limited to the legitimacy of the relationship.

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One thought on “Bonjour Québec! A Brief Look at Immigrating to Canada

  1. I guess it all depends on what you call work. For exmplae, in America, when they say work, they mean an immigrant would get the job that he/she spent years studying for and working in their home country so for exmplae doctors would find work as doctors, engineers would find work as engineers.But in Canada, doctors and engineers and other professions end up driving taxis, working at McDonalds serving French fries and having a 17 year old high school drop out as a boss or shoveling show in front of business places and apartment buildings. These jobs are still considered work and so when the Government gives statistics on the high number of immigrants who found work in order to encourage more immigrants, they do not mention that they found work in jobs that they are overqualified for.Why immigrants tend to choose Canada over the USA is because the USA has a much tougher and complex immigration system. Otherwise, the immigrants who came to Canada would have gone from their home country straight to USA.

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