August 11, 2023

Migrate to Canada from Lebanon: Step-by-Step Guide

Canada's rich tradition of welcoming immigrants from Lebanon dates back to 1882, and today, an estimated 400,000 people of Lebanese origin call Canada their home. Lebanese Canadians have made significant contributions to various fields, including politics, business, sports, academics, and entertainment. If you are a Lebanese national aspiring to build your life in Canada, there are several immigration pathways available for skilled workers. In this detailed blog, we will explore the main options and provide you with essential information to make your migration journey a success.

 

The Express Entry System

Canada Express Entry is the primary immigration pathway for skilled workers looking to move to Canada. As part of Canada's Immigration Levels Plan, the government aims to welcome around 110,000 new immigrants annually through Express Entry. The process involves two main steps:

  1. Eligibility Criteria: Before entering the Express Entry pool, you must determine if you qualify under one of the following programs:
  2. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): This program is suitable for skilled workers with foreign work experience who  have not lived in Canada before. To be eligible, you need to meet specific criteria related to work experience, education, language proficiency, and settlement funds.
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC): If you have gained skilled work experience in Canada and wish to transition to permanent residence, the CEC might be the right option for you. Eligibility criteria focus on Canadian work experience, language skills, and settlement funds.
  4. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): This program targets skilled trade workers with work experience in specific occupations. To qualify, you need to meet requirements related to work experience, language ability, and an offer of employment or a Certificate of Qualification.
  5. Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS: Once you confirm your eligibility and create an online profile with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you will receive a CRS score. This score is based on factors such as age, language skills, work experience, education, Canadian experience, job offers, and provincial nominations. Regular Express Entry draws are held every two weeks, and candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residence through Invitations to Apply (ITA). If you receive an ITA, you will have 60 days to submit your application to IRCC. Once approved, you can make your move to Canada and start your new life as a permanent resident.

Tip: It is advantageous to enter the Express Entry pool shortly after confirming your eligibility. Being in the pool increases your chances of receiving an ITA, even though the process is unpredictable. Additionally, being in the pool provides opportunities to secure a job offer or receive a provincial nomination, both of which can significantly boost your CRS score.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canadian provinces and territories to nominate skilled workers who meet their specific labor market needs. If you wish to apply through the PNP, here's how the process generally works:

  1. Research PNP Streams: Different provinces and territories in Canada offer their own PNP streams. Each stream is tailored to address unique economic and labor market needs. Research the various streams offered by the provinces and territories to identify the most suitable one for your skills and qualifications.
  2. Direct Application: You can apply directly to the province or territory of your choice based on your qualifications and skills. Each stream has its own set of eligibility criteria, which may include work experience, education, language proficiency, and a genuine intent to reside in the specific region.
  3. Express Entry and PNP: Alternatively, you can enter the Express Entry pool, and provinces may invite you to apply through their PNP if your skills match their labor market needs. If you receive a provincial nomination, you will gain 600 additional CRS points, significantly increasing your chances of receiving an ITA for permanent residence.

Immigrate to Quebec as a Skilled Worker

For Lebanese immigrants proficient in French, Quebec offers a unique opportunity. As Canada's only Francophone province, Quebec operates its own immigration system, separate from Express Entry. To apply through Quebec's immigration streams, follow these steps:

  1. Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP): The QSWP is a popular option for skilled workers who have not lived in Quebec before. Similar to Express Entry's FSWP, the QSWP uses a points-based system to assess candidates' profiles. Once you confirm your eligibility, you will receive points based on various factors, and Quebec invites the highest-scoring candidates to proceed with the immigration process. Upon approval, you can submit your permanent residence application to IRCC and begin your journey to Quebec.

Note: Proficiency in French is essential for applicants to Quebec's skilled worker programs, as the province values its Francophone heritage.

 

Other Canadian Immigration Options for Skilled Workers

Beyond Express Entry, the PNP, and Quebec's streams, Canada offers various specialized immigration options for skilled workers. These pathways are designed to target specific regions or sectors in need of skilled labor.

  1. Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP): The Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island participate in the AIP. This pilot program aims to attract skilled workers and international graduates to support the economic development of these provinces.
  2. Agri-Food Immigration Pilot: The agri-food sector plays a crucial role in Canada's economy. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is designed to fill labor shortages in specific agri-food occupations. Eligible candidates can apply for permanent residence through this targeted program.
  3. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP): The RNIP is aimed at attracting skilled workers to smaller communities in rural and northern regions of Canada. Participating communities can nominate eligible candidates for permanent residence.
  4. Self-Employed Persons Program: If you are a self-employed individual with experience in cultural activities, athletics, or farm management, the Self-Employed Persons Program might be an option for you. This program targets individuals who can make significant cultural, athletic, or agricultural contributions to Canada.

Expert Guidance from Pelican Migration Consultants

Navigating the Canada immigration system can be complex and overwhelming, especially with multiple pathways and changing policies. If you require expert assistance and personalized guidance throughout your immigration journey, Pelican Migration Consultants is here to help.

With years of experience in Canadian immigration, our team of dedicated professionals understands the system's intricacies and can provide tailored solutions for Lebanese immigrants looking to make Canada their home. Our services include:

  • Assessing Eligibility: We will evaluate your qualifications and experience to determine the most suitable immigration pathway for you.
  • Preparing Comprehensive Applications: Our consultants will guide you through the application process, ensuring that all required documents are accurately prepared and submitted.
  • Strategizing for Success: We will work with you to improve your CRS score and explore opportunities to enhance your chances of receiving an ITA.
  • Supporting Your Journey: From the initial assessment to obtaining permanent residence, our team will be by your side, providing unwavering support and guidance.

Embark on your Canadian dream with confidence and peace of mind. Contact Pelican Migration Consultants today and take the first step toward a new and promising life in Canada.