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Canada is most definitely one of the finest places, and offers a conducive environment for a good living. For nine consecutive years (1994-2002), a United Nations survey found Canada to be among the top three places in the world to live. Canada earned particularly high marks for its access to education, high life expectancy (due to universal health care system); and low crime and violence rates.

Canada has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. In this vibrant setting, different perspectives are respected and learning together is encouraged.

The tantalizing natural beauty of Canada has also been one of the reasons for enticing people from all over the world. Students who come to Canada lose themselves in one of the most exhilarating natural environments on earth. Canada is also a country of diverse geography, and there is much to experience in its great outdoors. From the lush coastline of British Columbia, the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the big skies of the prairies, to the 'maple sugar country' in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the rugged hills and picturesque coastline of the Atlantic provinces.
Why Canada?

Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and North Pacific Ocean, north of the conterminous US

Geographic coordinates
60 00 N, 95 00 W

Total: 9,976,140 sq km
Land: 9,220,970 sq km
Water: 755,170 sq km

Area - comparative
Slightly larger than the US

Land boundaries
Total: 8,893 km
Border countries: US 8,893 km (includes 2,477 km with Alaska)

243,791 km

Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north

Mostly plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast

Natural resources
iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, potash, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower

Net migration rate
6.2 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Noun: Canadian(s)
Adjective: Canadian

Ethnic groups
British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%

Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 40%, other 18%

English 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), other 17.5%

Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total population: 97% (1986 est.)
Types of Visas
Skilled Worker Class Immigration

Canada values the skills and experiences that foreign professionals and workers bring with them.

Skilled workers have education, work experience, knowledge of English and/or French and other abilities that will help them to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada.

Applying to come to Canada as a Skilled Worker is not difficult. Before you immigrate, you should learn as much as possible about working in Canada. Canada welcomes skilled worker immigrants. Skilled workers are people who may become permanent residents because they are able to become economically established in Canada.

The Immigration procedure for Skilled Workers is based on six selection criteria of the point system, which are as follows –

SNo. Factor Maximum Points
1 Education 25
2 Language Ability 24
3 Work Experience 21
4 Age 10
5 Arranged Employment 10
6 Adaptability 10
  Total 100

The current pass mark for Skilled Worker Class Immigration is 67.

Business Class Immigration
Canada has a strong economic culture. If you have experience running or investing in businesses, you may qualify to come to Canada as a business immigrant.

Business immigrants are people who can invest in, or start businesses in Canada and are expected to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. The Business Immigration Programs seek to attract people experienced in business to Canada.

Business immigrants are selected based on their ability to become economically established in Canada.

There are three classes of business immigrants:

The Entrepreneur Program seeks to attract experienced persons that will own and actively manage businesses in Canada that will contribute to the economy and create jobs. Entrepreneurs must demonstrate business experience, a minimum net worth of CDN $300,000 and are subject to conditions upon arrival in Canada.

The Immigrant Investor Program seeks to attract experienced persons and capital to Canada. Investors must demonstrate business experience, a minimum net worth of CDN $800,000 and make an investment of CDN $400,000. This investment is placed with the Receiver General of Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) returns this investment without interest, in approximately five years after the applicant becomes a permanent resident.

Self-Employed Persons
Self-employed persons must have the intention and ability to create their own employment. They are expected to contribute to the cultural or athletic life of Canada. They may create their own employment by purchasing and managing a farm in Canada.

Provincial Nomination
Most Canadian provinces have programs that encourage immigrants to settle in those provinces and benefit their economies.

If you wish to immigrate to one of Canada’s provinces as a Provincial Nominee, you must first apply to the province where you wish to settle. The province will consider your application based on their immigration needs and your genuine intention to settle there.

You can apply to immigrate for the following provinces for provincial nomination process: Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island & Yukon.

Family Class Immigration
Family class immigration reunites families in Canadian homes. You can sponsor your family member or come to Canada as a member of the family class.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Canada, 18 years of age or older, may sponsor close relatives or family members who want to become permanent residents of Canada. Sponsors must promise to support the relative or family member and their accompanying family members for a period of three to 10 years to help them settle in Canada.

International Adoption
Canadian law allows you to adopt a child from another country if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. To bring your adoptive child to Canada, you must sponsor the child for immigration. You can start sponsoring a child as soon as you decide to adopt or you can wait until after you have found a child and have started the adoption process.

Adopting children from abroad can be a long process. This is to protect children’s rights.

Quebec Selected Immigration
Quebec is responsible for selecting immigrants who wish to settle in Quebec.

The Quebec government and the Government of Canada have an agreement that allows Quebec to select immigrants who best meet its immigration needs. Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec is able to establish its own immigration requirements and select immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec.


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