There are many reasons to consider moving to Canada, from better work opportunities, a great education system, free healthcare for you and your family to living in safe and happy neighborhoods. Because we know that the Canadian immigration process can be really confusing and complex, we have created a simple guide to help you on your way to make your immigration easier and smoother.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to move to a new country and start a new life, here is how to immigrate from Mexico to Canada using these simple-to-follow steps.
Step 1 – Choose Where You Want to Immigrate
This may seem like a really obvious thing, but it is important because each of the 13 provinces and territories in Canada have different visa programs, job markets and natural resources that could have an impact on your choice.
If you have a family, then maybe you should consider the French speaking province of Quebec that has some of the best family support programs. Quebec puts a lot of emphasis on cheaper daycare and additional schooling programs to help children with learning difficulties. Just make sure that your language skills in French are up to standard as the province puts great importance on this as a qualifying factor.
Other provinces have more job opportunities in certain fields, like New Brunswick, which has one of the largest seafood industries in Canada making up 11.4% of all fisheries and seafood production in the country, or British Columbia which has one of the largest forest and milling industries and accounts for 24% of all merchantable wood.
Step 2 – Research Visa Programs
Research which immigration program is the easiest way for you to move to Canada from Mexico.
There may be a visa option that is designed for your set of skills, experience, and education. Remember that Canada invites applicants based on the countries’ needs and not a first come first served basis.
For example, Gloria is a talented computer programmer who recently graduated from university and has three years of work experience that she got while studying.
Gloria found out she could apply for an immigration program called the Global Talent stream who hires skilled workers for Canadian companies with a processing time of two weeks or less.
If Gloria found her niche, why can’t you? Canada may need your skill set.
There are over 70 immigration programs in Canada at the moment and each of them have their own unique requirements and processing times.
Some of the more popular visa programs are
|Federal Skilled Worker Program;|
|Federal Skilled Trades Program;|
|Canadian Experience Class;|
|Family Sponsorship Program; and|
|Provincial Nomination Program|
Step 3 – Know General Visa Requirements
We have mentioned that each program has their own set of requirements you need to meet before you can apply but most of these programs have some similarities.
In most cases you will need to:
- Know your NOC (National Occupational Classification) job code and level. Canada has five main job levels 0, A, B, C, D and E that categorize each job type from managerial to labourers. There is also a four digit code that goes with each specific job.
- Have relevant work experience in the job (this does not apply to students or dependants) and sometimes you can score higher for immigration points if you have Canadian work experience rather than foreign work experience.
- Have the right language skills in French and English that you can prove through exams like IELTS and TEF (Make sure that you take the General exams and not the Academic unless you wish to apply for Masters courses in Canada).
- Have an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) to prove that your job cannot be filled by a Canadian worker (This is normally handled by your employer who has offered you a valid job offer).
- A clean criminal background check with no pending cases against you, yes even a DUI can be a major issue when applying for a Canadian visa. You will be asked to have a Police Clearance document done when you apply for a visa.