British Columbia Permanent Resident
If you are a foreign national seeking permanent residence in Canada, the variety of federal and provincial programs can be daunting, especially since they are not necessarily connected and you might well qualify under one but not others. We can assess your situation, determine which program is best suited to your needs, and help with the application process. If there are problems with your application, the most notable of which would be a criminal record, we can explore means to mitigate them.
How Our Canadian Lawyers Can Help With Permanent Residence Applications
Sponsoring a family member: Family-based immigration may be available for a spouse, child, parents or grandparents. In some situations, other family members might be sponsored.
Humanitarian and compassionate grounds: Under certain circumstances, these grounds may operate to secure permanent resident status for persons who do not otherwise qualify under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Business class: Entrepreneurs/Investors may apply for permanent residence under the various Provincial Immigration Programs.
Self-employed: Some individuals that are self-employed may qualify for permanent residency if they are able to provide evidence of either farm management experience or their participation at a world class level of either a cultural activity or an athletic ability.
Skilled worker: The Federal Skilled Worker Program, is a “point-based” immigration program, is currently accepting new applications for those who qualify. In order to qualify under this program one must show that you have a skill level which qualifies as well as English or French language abilities. The minimum score on the language testing will vary depending on the qualifying program.
Skilled worker: Another option available for workers in British Columbia is the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (“BC PNP”). The BC PNP is an employment sponsored program available to skilled and semi-skill/entry level workers. The BC PNP also offers immigration sponsorship to graduating international students.
Canadian Experience Class: Workers who meet certain requirements may become permanent residents under the Canadian Experience Class program. Workers currently require twelve (12) months of skilled work experience in Canada in the last three (3) years as well as a qualifying score on the language proficiency. The minimum pass mark for the language testing is currently five (5); however, this can vary based on occupation.
Timelines are critical in the Canadian Experience Class program, as the application for Permanent Residency must be applied for within one (1) year of gaining this work experience.
Contact Ocana Law Group
The permanent residence requirements are not only a confusing miscellany, they are in a state of flux. The British Columbia permanent resident law office of Ocana Law can help you navigate the uncertainties. To arrange for an initial consultation, at our Kelowna office or by telephone, contact us online or call us at 250-870-9088.