Can you move to Canada without a job in 2020?
Posted on November 27, 2019
Canada is the place to migrate to. With a plan of welcoming over a million from 2019 to 2021, there is probably no better place for a migrant to head towards than Canada.
When people think of immigrating to another country, a common question that comes to their mind is – Should I migrate first and then look for a job? or Should I find a job in Canada first and then plan my Canada immigration?
Frankly speaking, you can migrate to Canada without a job offer. Yes, you read that right.
Do keep in mind that while for most cases a job offer is not needed, you will require a valid job offer if your plan of immigration Canada involves going through either the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).
You will need a valid job offer if you are eligible for any of the 2 programs – the FSTP or the FSWP.
Additionally, you will also require a valid job offer if you plan on moving to Canada with your family in tow and do not have the required funds for support.
With the FSTP and the FSWP out of the equation, that leaves us with Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
With the stipulation that an applicant have “at least 12 months of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) skilled work experience in Canada in the three years before you apply”, the Canadian Experience Class has a somewhat limited appeal, generally speaking.
That leaves us with the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
It is through the PNP pathway that you can migrate to Canada in 2020 without a job offer.
PNP does not require a job offer from an employer in the province.
With the exception of Nunavut and Quebec, all the provinces and territories in Canada are part of the PNP.
While Nunavut does not have a provincial nomination system, Quebec has its own program for the induction of immigrants.
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For 2020, the total admission target under PNP stands at 67,800.
Eligibility requirements for the PNP programs varies from province to province. There are various ‘streams’ that the provinces induct immigrants to.
By ‘streams’ is meant immigration programs that specifically target a particular group of people.
Program streams run by the territories and provinces might be aimed at specific groups, such as – business people, semi-skilled workers, students, or skilled workers.
Each of the immigration programs under PNP are unique and in keeping with the existing gap in the labour force of the province or territory concerned.
When you are successful in getting a provincial nomination, you will be awarded 600 additional points towards your total Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. For example, let us say that your profile is in the Express Entry Pool and you have a CRS of 400. With a provincial nomination, your CRS shoots up to 1000 (that is, 400 + 600).
With the 600 additional points, it is almost a guarantee that you will be sent an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for being provincially nominated for Canadian permanent residency in the next draw to be held.
“Arranged employment”, on the other hand, can only fetch you somewhere between 50 to 200 points towards your CRS score.
By “arranged employment” is meant a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.
If you are applying under the FSWP, a job offer gets you the following –
- 15 points when calculating eligibility as per the Canada Skilled Immigration Points Calculator, and
- Depending on the type of job, between 50 to 200 towards your CRS.
Do keep in mind that a work permit – even if it is an open work permit – is NOT a job offer.
A provincial nomination, though inapplicable at the time of calculating your eligibility for Canada, can give your profile the often much-needed boost while in the Express Entry pool.
With Canada’s immigration targets at 341,000 for 2020 and 350,000 for 2021, there is probably a no better time to enter the Express Entry pool than now.
And with PNP target of 67,800 for 2020, PNP can prove to be your perfect pathway to Canada PR in 2020.
If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.
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