There are two ways to obtain a permanent resident in Canada. People think it’s not easy to obtain a Canadian permanent visa; they apply for a temporary visa to help them get into Canada before they process the permanent resident card. The two ways are direct PR application and working in Canada before processing the PR card.
When applying for a Canadian visa, one can apply for a permanent visa straight and still get the visa and travel with it. However, the process may be more delaying than a temporary visa application.
It’s best to apply for a temporary visa initially; then, on arrival, you can begin to process your permanent resident card; this will help you know better and give you a chance to gain it faster.
How to obtain a permanent resident card while working in Canada
The following are the four main ways of obtaining a Canadian PR card while working in Canada with a TR;
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): As a TR worker in Canada and working under an employer, your employer might make you an offer of permanent resident, which will qualify you to apply for a PR card under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. This kind of offer is called the arranged employment. The TR worker can now apply for a PR card if he meets the Federal Skilled Worker Program requirements. Points are given to applicants based on age, language proficiency, adaptability, and the job offer; the process may take about 12 – 18 months to be completed.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC): This for people who have trade skills and are working in Canada is TR with skills; they can apply for a PR card with work experience under the Canadian Experience Class. This program also helps people who could not meet up with the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
Applicants under the CEC are expected to have at least two years of work experience or have completed post-secondary education in Canada and have 1 one year of work experience in Canada. Applicant must meet either of the two requirements as mentioned earlier.
- Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP): Immigrants who came into Canada using the Provincial Nominee Programs are expected to have stayed in the area they applied; for a reasonable time before applying for a PR in Canada. This program helps meet PR requirements; the conditions are the same as CEC and FSWP above.
The Provincial Nominee Programs are the same as the other Federal programs, but this one is on the provincial level, and the applications under this program may take up to 12 – 18 months.
- Quebec Experience Class (QEC): This program has the same features as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, but it is only based in Quebec. Quebec is a region of Canada just like Alberta and British Columbia. In this program, the applications may take 1 one year or less a year to be completed.