How to Get/Apply for Canada PR from India

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  • TATA AIG Team
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  • 21/11/2023

Canada, the North American gem, is known for its stunning, unique landscapes, economic opportunities, vibrant cities, and rich culture. If you are a skilled worker looking to expand your career and want to craft a rich living standard for your family, Canada is certainly the land to prosper.

If you plan to settle in Canada for a lifetime, you need the Permanent Residency (PR) status. The Canadian Government offers many pathways to help eligible candidates apply for Permanent Residence.

In this blog, we will explore the diverse avenues, Canada PR eligibility, and the application process to help you navigate the intricacies of Canadian immigration.

What Is Permanent Residency (PR) In Canada?

Permanent Residency (PR) is a legal status provided to applicable foreign nationals who want to live, work, and travel anywhere in Canada.

The Permanent Resident card is valid for 5 years. In addition, you should have been in Canada for at least 730 days during the last 5 years to keep your Permanent Resident status.

If you have applied and received Canada Permanent Resident status, you can apply for Canadian citizenship, get social benefits, and receive protection under Canadian law.

How To Apply For Canada PR from India?

There are different pathways to immigrating to Canada for being applicable for the Permanent Residency status. The applicable Canada PR requirements from India differ based on the different types of immigration pathways.

Here is a detail about the most commonly used pathways.

The application process is the same for the different pathways except for the Express Entry program. So, let us understand the Express Entry program and further the other avenues and the applicable process.

Express Entry

Express Entry is an online immigration program for skilled workers. It is a quick and easy way to get Canada PR from India. There are three types of immigration programs that can be applied through Express Entry.

Canadian Experience Class For skilled workers with Canadian work experience

Federal Skilled Worker Program For skilled workers with foreign work experience

Federal Skilled Trades Program For skilled workers who have been qualified in a skilled trade.

How To Apply?

Check Eligibility Criteria Check if you are eligible for the corresponding immigration program. You can click here to answer a few questions and find out if you meet the minimum requirements.

Create the Express Entry Profile Create a profile for the Express Entry process and submit it online.

Check your CRS score After you have submitted your profile, you will be ranked on the Express Entry pool based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is a points-based system that is used to assess your profile and rank it in the Express Entry pool. If you have a score more than the minimum requirement, you will be invited to apply for the Express Entry program. Click here to check your score.

Prepare your documents If you have a score more than the minimum requirement, you can get the necessary documents to apply for the Express Entry program. Click here to find out the required documents.

Wait for the invitation and apply Based on your profile, score, and supporting documents, you will receive an invitation if you are an eligible candidate. If you received the invitation, you must apply through the Express Entry program within 60 days.

How To Apply For Canada PR Visa From India? - The General Step-By-Step Process

Here are the steps common for the following different avenues of application for Canada PR from India.

Application for Permanent Residency status** You need to apply for Permanent Residency status by signing in or creating an account on the Permanent Residence Online Application Portal Account. All the supporting documents, fee receipts, language test results, and signatures, if required, should be attached to the application.

The digital forms that need to be filed are as follows:

IMM 0008 General Application Form for Canada

IMM 5669 Schedule A** Background/ Declaration

IMM 5406 Additional Family Information

IMM 5562 Supplementary Information** Your Travels

Additional PDF forms You may be required to download a few applicable PDF forms that are specific to the program you have chosen, fill out the details, and upload them with your application.

Upload photo Scan and upload a photo for each member in your application based on the instructions provided in the online application.

Pay your Processing Fee and Biometrics fee Pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) and the applicable processing fees for you and any other member included in your application form.

Also, pay the applicable fees for the biometrics, which includes collecting your fingerprints and taking a digital photo. It can be paid when you submit your online application. The details of where you need to report for your biometrics collection will be provided later after you submit the application.

Third-party fees You may be required to pay third-party fees that apply to getting Police certificates, medical examination reports, language testing, and Educational Credential Assessments.

Additional documents During the process of application, you may be asked to provide reports of medical examination, police certificates, etc.

Submit the application Fill out the necessary details, answer all the applicable questions, including the applicable fee receipts, upload all the required documents, electronically sign the application form, and submit it online.

Family Sponsorship

Canada Permanent Residence for Indians can be acquired based on family relationships.

Who can sponsor?

Your family members can sponsor for the Permanent Residency if they are at least 18 years old and applicable to any one of the following:

Have Canadian citizenship

Have a Permanent Residency status

Is registered as an Indian in Canada under the Canadian Indian Act

Who can be sponsored?

They can sponsor you if you are related to them in the following ways:

Spouse, partner, or dependent children

Adopted Child

Relative

Parents or grandparents

How To Apply?

Check your eligibility Check your eligibility based on your relationship with the sponsor.

Sponsor application Your sponsor needs to download the application form, fill out the details, and digitally sign it. It has to be uploaded with your online application.

Application process Follow the general application process as discussed above.

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Every territory or province has specific immigration procedures and requirements. The Provincial Nominee Program is intended for you if

You want to live in a specific province.

You have the education and skill set to contribute to the economy of a specific province.

You want to become a Permanent Resident in Canada.

Provinces and Territories

The provinces and territories for which you can contact for the nomination directly are as follows:

Alberta

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Ontario

British Columbia

Manitoba

Prince Edward Island

Saskatchewan

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Yukon

Click here to access the individual province directly for the nomination process and further instructions.

How To Apply?

There are two processes to apply for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Non-Express Entry Process

Steps to apply for the PNP through the Non-Express Entry Process:

Check the eligibility conditions for the province or the territory that you want for the Provincial Nominee Program.

Apply to the respective territory or province for the nomination under the Non-Express Entry stream.

If your nomination gets approved, apply for the Permanent Resident status online. You will have to get a medical examination and a Police certificate.

Express Entry Process

There are two ways to apply for the PNP through the Express Entry Process:

Method 1:

Check for eligibility and contact the province or territory for the nomination through the Express Entry process.

If the nomination is approved, create an Express Entry profile for further processes.

Method 2:

Create an Express Entry profile and notify your interest in the province and territory.

If the province or territory accepts your notification of interest and expresses the same, you can contact them for further processes.

Start-Up Visa

Suppose you are an aspiring entrepreneur capable of building a business in Canada that can generate employment opportunities for Canadians and compete against similar businesses on a large scale. In that case, you can immigrate and become a Permanent Resident in Canada using the Start-Up Visa.

How to apply?

Check your eligibility criteria The eligibility criteria for applying for a Start-Up Visa Program are as follows:

Qualifying business idea A qualifying business should meet the following conditions:

When you get a commitment from a designated organisation, each applicant and up to 5 owners should hold 10% or more of the voting rights concerning all the company's outstanding shares during that time. In addition, the applicants and the designated organisation should jointly hold more than 50% of the voting rights.

When you get the Permanent Resident status:

The business should be incorporated in Canada.

You should be able to manage the business operations from within Canada.

The essential part of the business happens in Canada.

Letter of support Letter of support is one of the most common prerequisites for Canada PR. You need to contact and convince the designated organisation, which is an approved business group, to support and invest in possible start-ups and receive a letter of support.

Language requirements Meeting the minimum language requirements is crucial to get your application approved.

You should be able to communicate in English, French, or both languages.

Take the language test in an approved agency.

Get the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 in either French or English in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Financial stability The Government of Canada will not provide financial support or allow for borrowing money for your start-up business. Therefore, you must bring sufficient funds to start your business and settle in Canada. Further, you will be asked to provide proof of evidence.

Application process Follow the general application process as discussed above.

Self-Employed Persons Program

If you are a self-employed person, you can immigrate to Canada permanently if you have relevant experience in athletics or cultural activities and are willing to contribute to the cultural life of Canada.

How to apply?

Check your eligibility criteria

Experience You should have a minimum of 2 years experience taking part in world-class cultural activities or athletics events or been self-employed in these activities to be eligible for the Canada PR process.

Selection Criteria The selection criteria will be based on age, education, experience, adaptability, and language abilities.

Others You need to have the required medical examination reports and Police certificates.

Application process Follow the general application process as discussed above.

Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers

Suppose you are a skilled working professional and want to become a Permanent Resident in India and want to live in the province of Quebec. In that case, you need to follow a specific procedure.

The province has its own specific terms and conditions to choose the migrants who can live and work there.

How to apply?

There are two stages for the application procedure:

Apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate with the Government of Quebec.

Apply for the Permanent Residency in Canada if your application is approved and you are provided with the certificate.

Canada Visa Application Centres In India

When you apply for the Canada PR visa, you may have to visit the Visa Application Centres to provide your biometrics information and for any further clarifications.

City Address Timings
Ahmedabad Unit no. 1 & 2, 1st floor, Bhikhubhai Chambers, Ashram Rd, near भारत पेट्रोलियम, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380007 9 am to 5 pm
Bengaluru Sobha Pearl,8TH FLOOR, Ashok Nagar, Commissariat Rd, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560025 9 am to 6 pm
Chandigarh 3rd floor, VFS Global Services Pvt. ltd, Elante Mall, C313, Industrial Area Phase I, Chandigarh, 160002 9 am to 5 pm
Chennai Third Floor, TOWERS-C, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008 8 am to 5 pm
Hyderabad Zonah Crescent, 3rd Floor, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034 9 am to 5 pm
Kolkata 4th & 5th Floor, Rene Tower, Plot No. AA-I, 1842, Rajdanga Main Rd, Kasba, Kolkata, West Bengal 700107 9 am to 6 pm
New Delhi Mezzanine Level Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001 9 am to 5 pm
Mumbai VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd 4th floor, Urmi Axis Building, behind Famous Studio, opp. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400011 9 am to 5 pm
Pune 94 Avenue Mall, 4th Floor, Kalubai Chowk, Wanowrie, Pune, Maharashtra 411022 9 am to 5 pm

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Conclusion

Permanent Residency (PR) in Canada provides a legal status for living, working, and travelling anywhere in Canada. There are different avenues to apply for the Canada PR visa. You can choose to apply based on your requirements, considering the eligibility criteria. The application can be submitted online by paying the applicable fees for further processes. While you plan your settlement, be aware of the PR requirements to take the necessary steps on time and keep your journey of dreams steady and focused!

FAQS

How to check the status of your application for Permanent Residency status in Canada?

You can track the progress of it by visiting the official website of the Government of Canada for application status.

Choose Immigration from the option for ‘What did you apply for?’

Choose the type of application from ‘What kind of immigration application?’

Click on ‘Continue’.

You will be navigated to the corresponding procedure to track your application status.

What is the Canada PR cost from India?

The fees for the application for the PR status in Canada differ based on the type of application. Click here to see the fee list.

What are the documents required to apply for PR status in Canada?

The documents required for the application for PR status in Canada differ based on the application type, such as whether the application is through Family Sponsorship, Provincial Nominee Program, Express Entry Program, etc. Some of the most common documents required include the following:

Language test results such as IELTS

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Educational Qualification documents

Documents for Proof of Identity

Proof of funds available

Medical examination documents

Police Certificate

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