What do you need to immigrate to Canada

Immigrating to any country requires applicants to meet certain criteria based on the social and economic needs of that particular country. These criteria can cover work experience and industry, educational qualifications, family status and financial situation among others.


Canada, one of the most popular immigration destinations, too has its own guidelines that have been drawn up to ensure that only genuine applicants are granted entry.


So, if you’re planning to move to Canada to live and work, here’s a quick list of a few things you will need:



You first need to determine what type of visa you are eligible for. You could apply for any one of these visa programmes based on your field of work:


  • Federal Skilled Workers Programme (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP)
  • Quebec-selected Skilled Workers
  • Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed
  • Live-in caregivers


You will need to make sure that your qualifications and work credentials meet the standards required in Canada. The requirements here too differ for different visa categories. For instance, under the FSWP, you will need to get an Educational Credential Assessment to certify that your qualifications are genuine and equivalent to a Canadian qualification. However, an ECA is not needed for a FSTP visa.


For more on the credentials assessment process, visit:





Before you apply, you need to organise your finances so that you are able to support yourself (and your family) once to move there.

You will need to provide proof to convince the Canadian immigration authorities that you can sustain yourself for a certain amount of time after entry into the country given the cost of living. You can learn more about sales tax here:


 and household expenses here:



There are several other parameters that your visa application will be evaluated upon and you can choose to appoint a representative for the assist you with the process.


For assistance with documentation, jobs and other immigration details, our experts at Migrate Me can help. You can also avail of a free assessment.

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