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How to Immigrate to Canada


Canada again is ranked as the world’s most beautiful country. So it is a dream to live and work there. But where do I start to immigrate to Canada? Although it is really up to the applicants to do its own comprehensive research, here are some general information on how to Immigrate to Canada:

A. Check if you are Eligible

This step is crucial because sometimes you really don’t know what to do and where to start. But the point here is you have to research and read the various Canadian Immigration Streams. To start, here are some self-assessment criteria:

  • Age Range – 21-45 Years old
  • Related Work Experience – At least 2 years
  • Education – the higher your educational attainment, the higher the points
  • Adaptability – if you have a close relative or Job Offer
  • Language Efficiency – Proof

Then they have the Provincial Nomination Program. Each Canadian Provinces have their own ways on how to get applicants from all over the world. All you have to do is to visit their Official websites and read their specific requirements. Here is some Provincial Nomination Program:

  • AINP
  • MPNP
  • OINP
  • PEI
  • Quebec
  • SINP
  • YNP

To know their Official website, join the FB group and click the File Document.

You can also try the Express Entry at CIC Canada.

B.Language Proficiency – Getting the IELTS

What is IELTS? – International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test. The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours. There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. For Immigration, you need to take the IELTS General Training (GT). Who conducts the test? – IDP and British Council conduct IELTS tests but they do not write them. It is compiled by Cambridge English Language Assessment who is one of the joint owners of IELTS. This means you will get the same tests if you are in BC or IDP.

What is the difference or which one is better? IDP or BC? The difficulty level is the same. The only difference is in your Certificate for the name of the Test Center and its exam price. The current IELTS test fee is from Php 9,780.00 – Php10,270.00.

C.Complete the Requirements

Assuming you are eligible in one of the Immigration streams, the next steps are to complete their requirements. Remember that everything is online now, you need to have an access to a computer, you must have a Credit Card or Debit Card in order to pay the fees. You can even use a US credit card in Canada. For every programs and stream make sure that you completed all the requirements.

Sample1: MPNP needs you to submit EOI online but you must already have the necessary documents with you. You do not need to attach documents to your EOI. However, you must enter accurate information in your EOI that matches the information on the supporting documents.

Sample2: SINP International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand-This stream does not need a Job Offer but your skills and work experiences must be in the Occupation-In-Demand List.

D. How much does it cost?

Remember that when you Do it all by Yourself, you don’t have to pay anything to Immigration until you receive a Letter of Invitation to Apply. Assuming that you have the Invitation to apply, you must now pay all the fees and prepare all the funds needed.

Sample Fees: (Under Provincial Nomination Programs)



SINP – CAD$150

Sample Proof of Funds: (Under Express Entry)

For Single – CAD$12,474.00

For a family of 2 – CAD$ $15,530.00

For a family of 3 – $19,092.00

And so on…

Refer to CIC Table.

Other costs are Federal Fees, Airfare, Food, Pocket Money etc.

E. Embrace the Journey, Welcome to Canada!

After all those steps, congratulations you are now in Canada. Do not be overwhelmed by the busy life here, try to enjoy the beauty of the country!

If you have questions, we got answers! Join the Facebook group to get access to the lively discussions about everything you need to know as you migrate/settle in Canada. Everyone’s welcome to join!

Disclaimer: is not in any way connected with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), nor are immigration consultants by profession or agency. Any information or news shared on this site are gathered from updates from various resources.




About Tita Zali

Writer, Self Publisher, Healthcare Worker, A wife and a mother of 2 boys, Architect and Educator by Profession

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