May 5, 2014

Categories of Canadian Visa Application

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If you are among those who wants to be a Canadian citizen the primary step is the respective visa issue by the Canadian government. Some of the popular Canadian visas are as follows:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP)
  • Quebec-Selected Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
  • Family-Sponsorship Program
  • Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – This Canadian Visa category commenced on 2nd January 2013. The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) also offers permanent resident visa to the qualified trade people of categorized occupations such as: aircraft mechanics, carpenters, crane operators, electricians, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, ironworkers, machinists, plumbers, welders and other skilled trades.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – This category of Canadian visa is entirely a permanent residency visa. The applicants are evaluated based on point assessment test, which is based on their education (which considers a university degree), ample work experience, knowledge of French and/or English and also the age factor. You need to score 67 points to obtain this visa. Moreover the most important thing that the profession you choose must also is a wanted profession in Canada. The application process for this visa frequently changes and it is updated in the official website of the Canadian government. You need to checkout your profile with the latest rules levied by the government.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) ­– This visa category aims to those skilled workers who disqualify for a skilled worker visa. The Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) is still a chance to those skilled workers to obtain permanent residency of Canada. The Provincial visa program aims at semi or low skilled professionals that will still be able to come to Canada and work and contribute to the Canadian economy. Along with this visa, you will be nominated for a specific province of Canada that is looking for employees in certain professions. The required professions are frequently changing in each province and it can be known through the official website of Canadian government or though the reliable immigration consultants.

Quebec-Selected Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) – Quebec is a special Canadian province that has a special immigration program to Canada called the Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers Program (QSWP). Quebec is the largest province in Canada and it needs thousands of skilled foreign workers for various trades and professions – especially if they have adequate French language skills (since French is the main leading language used in Quebec). If you obtain a good score of points on the points-based assessment for Canadian immigration program and are also selected by Quebec’s provincial government, you may then apply to the Canadian national government for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada.

Family-Sponsorship Program – The Canadian government understands how important family is for every individual. This is the reason it offers the chance to join with family who are in other countries and start a new life in Canada.  Once you have become a citizen of Canada or a permanent resident, you are entitled to sponsor your spouse/common-law partner and dependent children and also give them the chance to become permanent residents. You are then responsible for supporting your family financially, and they will enjoy the benefits of residency as in being able to live, study and work in Canada.

Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) – This is a special visa category for live-in caregivers who have qualified to provide care for children, elderly or the disabled in private homes without supervision.  The visa entitles the caregiver to live in a private home in Canada. This visa process is particularly complicated, requiring work experience, a high school diploma and a good English or French level. Contracts must be written and signed by the future employer and yourself.