With an ever expanding economy, Canada is in dire need of young entrepreneurs or skilled workers to create new businesses and fill essential roles. In Turkey, the median age of the population is 31.5 years, and most residents are highly educated, making it an ideal source location for new Canadian immigrants.
In order to attract top talent from around the world, the Canadian government has instituted several immigration programs which specifically target businesspeople and skilled workers who can bring their valuable skills with them to Canada. Therefore, there has never been a better time for Turkish individuals and their families to get started on their Canadian immigration journey!
If you’re from Turkey and interested in immigrating to Canada, you might be wondering how you and your family can live and reside in this country. It’s important to consider which immigration program might be right for you, and ensure that you meet all of the required qualifications. Here are the four pathways to Canadian permanent residence that we recommend to successfully immigrate from Turkey to Canada.
Pathway #1: Apply for the Canadian Permanent Residency via the Start-Up visa program
For innovative and experienced entrepreneurs, one of the best ways to establish yourself in Canada is by starting your own business. If you’ve got a solid and innovative business idea in mind that has the potential to compete on a global scale and create jobs for Canadians, you should consider applying for Canada’s Start-Up visa program.
Unlike other Canadian business immigration programs, the Start-Up visa program provides a direct pathway to Canadian permanent residence and gives you the opportunity to establish your business anywhere in Canada except for the province of Quebec.
Pathway #2: Start a business and create your own employment opportunity in Canada, relocate to Canada with a Canadian work permit
Already have a successful business in Turkey? If you’ve dreamt of expanding your business operations to Canada, now could be the ideal time. There are several federal business immigration programs such as ICT, Owner/Operator LMIA, and C-11 which enable you to start a new business or invest in an existing one in any of the Canadian provinces.
Alternatively, you can apply as an entrepreneur through one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs. The key is to find a Canadian province where your skills and business plans match up with the economic needs of that specific region.
Pathway #3: Apply for permanent residence directly through Express Entry
If you’re a highly skilled and educated young person, then Canada’s Express Entry system may be the best option for you. Express Entry is the fastest way to obtain Canadian permanent residence. However, it is also a highly competitive immigration program, with tens of thousands of applications flooding in from around the world every year.
In order to set yourself apart, you’ll have to obtain a competitive Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This score takes into consideration multiple factors, including your age, education, and experience. If you don’t feel that your score is competitive, you may consider first applying for a work permit in order to start by establishing a business in Canada.
Canadian work experience is considered extremely valuable when applying for permanent residence, and in this case, it could earn you up to 250 points toward your CRS score by launching and operating a business in Canada for 1 year with a work permit.
Pathway #4: Get hired by a Canadian company and apply for a Canadian work permit
With so many essential positions going unfilled, Canada is constantly on the lookout for new talent. If you are not a business owner or entrepreneur but have solid employment experience, obtaining a job offer and subsequent work permit through a Canadian employer may be the simplest and most realistic way to relocate to Canada.
Again, this work experience can prove invaluable down the line when submitting an application for Canadian permanent residence.
If you’re from Turkey and are interested in immigrating to Canada, there are a range of options to choose from. Knowing which option is best for you is the key to securing your Canadian permanent residence and the first step to your new life in Canada!
For help with this or any other Canadian immigration matters, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Desjardins Lawyers. We can help to streamline the process and ensure that you are well on your way to establishing yourself in Canada.