Canada Immigration 2021

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Canada Immigration 2021Imani, an American citizen, intends to immigrate to Canada. As a hardworking small business owner, she believes Canada offers her many opportunities. Of course, she loves the Canadian culture and its proximity to the United States. Consequently, Imani wants to explore her options for immigration to Canada in 2021.  

Despite the economic downturn in 2020, Canada intends to accept 401,000 new immigrants in 2021. Of course, this is the largest number of immigrants per year for the past 110 years. Generally speaking, Canada accepts immigrants in one of the following major groups:

Let’s have a quick look at these options. Of course, you may also check out these sections of this article:

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Canada Immigration 2021 through family reunification

Family reunification allows Canadians to sponsor their loved ones to Canada. Nonetheless, you need to see if you qualify under any of the following options in 2021:

Alternatives for family sponsorship

In some situations, when the sponsor or their family members do not fully qualify for immigration, an immigration officer could approve the application under the Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations (H&C). However, in such cases, the officers consider the following:

  • a child’s emotional, social, cultural and physical welfare
  • the hardship imposed on the families
  • circumstances in their home country
  • their ties to Canada
  • their establishment in Canada
  • other factors that could affect an officer’s decision.

Of course, this list is neither inclusive nor exclusive.

Provinces and family reunification

Sometimes Canadian provinces introduce special family reunification opportunities for residents of their province. Of course, you need to visit the relevant websites or consult with a professional for more information. However, there are currently no special provincial options are available for family sponsorship immigration to Canada in 2021.

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Canada Immigration 2021 for the economic class

Applicantsو who immigrate through the economic classes are mainly skilled workers, business owners, or senior managers with management experience and investment capabilities. In fact, the majority of immigrants to Canada fall under this group. We could divide economic immigration into three main groups:

  • Federal  – These immigrants may settle in any province or territory of Canada other than Quebec.
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – The applicants immigrate to a specific province of Canada other than Quebec
  • Quebec – The province of Quebec holds an exclusive agreement with the federal government, also known as the Quebec Accord, in which the province has the sole responsibility for its immigration programs.

Canada Immigration 2021 under the Federal Programs

The following programs were available through federal immigration in 2019:

Canada immigration 2021 under the PNP

Canada has ten provinces and three territories. Except for Nunavut, every province and territory in Canada offers some immigration opportunities. In fact, the Canadian Constitution Act 1867 enables provinces to manage immigration to their provinces as long as it is not against the Federal Government’s decisions. Consequently, for an introduction to PNP programs, visit the following link:

Immigration to Canada via Quebec programs in 2021

Quebec has a special agreement with the Federal government to manage the flow of immigrants to their province. Regardless, they have decided to keep accepting immigrants in 2021 and even increase their immigration targets.

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Canada immigration 2021 as a refugee

If you have left your country because of persecution or similar immense issues, you could move to Canada as a refugee. However, the process of refugee application could be tedious and time-consuming. Therefore, click the following links for more information:

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Other ways of moving to Canada in 2021

You may enter or live in Canada for a few days to several months under the following options.

These temporary options do not necessarily result in immigration to Canada in 2021, but they could help. For instance, if a person works in Canada for at least one year, they could apply for immigration under the Canadian Experience Class. If a person finishes a Ph.D. program in Ontario, they could apply for permanent residence under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

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The cost of Canada immigration 2021

If you intend to immigrate to Canada, consider the following charges:

  • Processing fee – You need to pay the processing fee to Canada’s federal or provincial governments to ask them to review your application package. Of course, the amount they charge could vary from less than $100 (Canadian funds) to thousands of dollars. Nonetheless, the government increased some processing fees by 50% recently.
  • Consultation and representation fee – If you hire an immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer, you need to pay their professional fees. Of course, the professional fees could be a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Nonetheless, while consultants or lawyers do not speed up your process, they could prevent drastic mistakes resulting in misrepresentation or other application issues. However, make sure to select a professional and knowledgeable practitioner. Needless to say, an incompetent practitioner could become part of the problem instead of the solution.
  • Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) – We also know this fee as the landing fee. Nonetheless, the cost is currently $500 per person and applies to the principal applicant and their spouse or common-law partner (some exceptions apply).
  • Biometrics fee – Regardless of your nationality, you need to give biometrics for immigration to Canada in 2021. Nonetheless, the current biometrics cost is $85 per person and a maximum of $170 per family.

Other fees you may consider in 2021

  • Medial examination – All family members need to go through a medical examination. Of course, a panel physician must conduct the examination. Panel physicians charge you for their services. However, the amount you need to pay depends on your country and your medical issues’ complexity.
  • Preparation and translation of documents – Of course, you need to prepare several documents and translate them into English or French languages.
  • Other expenses – Sometimes, you need to conduct exploratory visits to Canada. You may also need to pay a good faith deposit to certain provinces. Consider other unexpected expenses such as travelling to another country or city to give biometrics, hiring an accountant, hiring a property appraiser or mailing your documents.
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The processing time of Canada immigration 2021

IRCC tries to limit the processing time of applications to under 12 months. However, applications’ processing times could exceed a few years. Nonetheless, the following article sheds light on the concept of processing time:

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Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting
Author – 88 Tips on Immigration to Canada

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This article has been expertly crafted by Al Parsai, a distinguished Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) hailing from vibrant Toronto, Canada. Al's academic achievements include an esteemed role as an adjunct professor at prestigious Queen's University Law School and Ashton College, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University. A respected member of CICC and CAPIC organizations, Al's insights are further enriched by his experience as the dynamic CEO of Parsai Immigration Services. Guiding thousands of applicants from over 55 countries through the immigration process since 2011, Al's articles offer a wealth of invaluable knowledge for readers.