Easy Ways to Immigrate to Canada in 2024

Last Updated on July 4, 2024 by NAMS Editor

Canada’s immigration programs offer paths for highly skilled workers, students, entrepreneurs and more to gain permanent residency each year. If you’ve been dreaming of moving to Canada, 2024 may be your year. This guide provides an overview of some of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada in the coming year. We’ll discuss the different programs available, eligibility requirements, application processes, and tips for success. By the end, you’ll have a good idea of the options that best fit your situation and steps you can start taking now to set yourself up for a smooth transition to life in Canada in 2024.

Express Entry

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is one of the most straightforward options. Through Express Entry, the Canadian government invites skilled workers to apply for permanent residency under one of three federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

To be eligible for Express Entry, you must meet basic criteria like having a job offer, education, work experience, language ability, and age. Your profile is then entered into an Express Entry pool where you accumulate Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points based on these factors. Invitations to apply are distributed to top ranking candidates on a regular basis.

The CRS calculator on the IRCC website allows you to estimate your point score ahead of time. Most invitations recently have required a score of 470 or higher. Scores over 500 provide a very high chance of invitation. Education, work experience, age, language ability and having a job offer are the biggest factors that boost your score.

Express Entry has several advantages. Once invited, you can submit a full online application from anywhere. Processing typically takes around 6 months. And if your profile remains in the pool, you could receive multiple invitations over time without needing to reapply or repay fees. Express Entry is consistently one of the surest paths to Canadian permanent residency.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) create immigration streams tailored to each province’s economic needs. Through PNPs, provinces select and nominate applicants who will receive a high number of CRS points guaranteeing them an Express Entry Invitation.

Most PNP streams still require that applicants first create an Express Entry profile to be considered. But some offer a direct provincial nomination without needing a prior Express Entry profile. You only need to meet the eligibility criteria for the respective PNP occupation or category.

Getting a provincial nomination is like getting an Express Entry “Golden Ticket” since it virtually ensures permanent residency approval. And once landed, PNP nominees often receive additional support settling in that particular province through services like job placement assistance and loans.

Some of the easiest PNP categories to qualify for include international graduate streams that nominate students already studying in-province. Skilled worker streams may have lower language requirements. And certain entrepreneurs/investor categories provide nomination for those able to invest in a business and create jobs within the province.

The requirements and application processes vary between each PNP program, so research your options based on which province best matches your situation or career aspirations. With the right provincial nomination, immigrating through a PNP can be one of the smoothest roads to permanent residency in Canada.

Study Permits and the Post-Graduation Work Permit

A study permit allows international students to legally attend a designated learning institution in Canada. Many students these days leverage their study permit into permanent residency after graduation. Here are two ways this can work:

PGWP – Post-Graduation Work Permit

Those who complete an eligible Canadian post-secondary program of at least 8 months can apply for a 3-year Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This permit allows graduates to gain valuable Canadian work experience while hunting for a job in their field of study.

During your PGWP, you can then apply for permanent residency through programs like Canadian Experience Class that award points for a job offer and work authorization in Canada. Completing a degree in-country, followed by skilled work through a PGWP, positions graduates well in Express Entry pools and PNPs.

Canadian Graduates

Some PNP streams offer a direct provincial nomination for international students graduating from approved in-province post-secondary institutions. This could lead immediately to permanent residency without needing to get work experience first. Review programs offered through Immigration Manitoba, BC PNP or other provincial options.

Studying in Canada provides the dual benefits of a quality education and paving the road to permanent residency through subsequent work experience or graduate nomination categories. Those willing to invest time and money receiving a Canadian education have excellent immigration options.

Family Sponsorship

The most straightforward immigration option is receiving sponsorship from a Canadian spouse, partner or parent already living in Canada. Three family classes let you directly apply for permanent residency based on family ties:

  • Spousal Sponsorship
  • Partnership Sponsorship
  • Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship

To be eligible for spousal sponsorship, you need to be married or in a common-law relationship for at least 1 year with your Canadian spouse/partner. Financial requirements and proof of relationship need to be shown. The sponsorship application process typically takes 12-18 months to complete.

Similar requirements and processing times apply to partnership sponsorship, whereas parent/grandparent sponsorship has higher financial requirements and wait times due to limited quotas. Make sure to use the sponsorship guides on IRCC’s website to ensure all evidence and documentation meets requirements.

While family sponsorship does not always rely on work experience or language ability like economic immigration streams, it still requires financial sponsorship commitments and proves the authenticity of the relationship through evidence. For those with direct Canadian family though, it remains one of the most straightforward routes.

Entrepreneur or Self-Employment Stream

Some provinces like Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and PEI offer entrepreneur or self-employment immigration streams. These invite entrepreneurs to relocate to the province, start a business, and receive permanent residency simultaneously.

To qualify, you must have relevant industry experience and submit a comprehensive business plan outlining how your new venture will create local jobs and economic benefits. Financial assets or investment funds are usually also required as proof of ability to get the business off the ground successfully.

Obtaining approval and a provincial nomination through an entrepreneur stream is not easy, as provinces scrutinize plans to ensure long-term business viability. However, this remains one of the few options for individuals to directly transition to permanent residency in Canada without a job offer, education, or relatives’ sponsorship. With proper planning and financial backing, an entrepreneurial immigration path could work for 2024.

Other Considerations

Beyond the primary programs outlined above, there are a few other miscellaneous options to keep in mind for your 2024 immigration goals to Canada:

  • Quebec Skilled Worker Program – If you meet the eligibility criteria, this allows skilled individuals to directly apply to immigrate to Quebec.
  • Canadian Experience – Work for one year with a valid work permit then apply through this federal program.
  • Start-Up Visa – Interesting options for innovative entrepreneurs to launch high-potential venture in Canada and gain residency.
  • Intra-Company Transfers – For those transferred by large multinational employers to work in Canada temporarily, some streams lead to permanent residency.
  • Working Holiday Visas – If you’re between 18-35, these temporary work permits let you live and gain Canadian experience for up to 2 years. Could be a pre-cursor to permanent options.

Always research program details thoroughly on IRCC’s website to evaluate if any specialized streams better fit your profile compared to general economic immigration routes. Advance planning and preparation is key for a smooth immigration process.


As you can see, Canada offers many pathways to permanent residency for skilled workers, students, families and entrepreneurs aiming to immigrate in 2024. With the right program selection, strong profile or qualifications, and prudent application handling, your immigration dreams of starting a new life and career in Canada could become a reality very soon.

Focus on Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, PGWP or family sponsorship as some of your most realistic options. Then take small consistent actions right away like improving language scores, gaining qualifying work experience, upgrading education or contacting provincial offices. Immigrating to Canada may seem daunting, but being informed, organized and proactive positions you for success. I hope this guide has helped outline the landscape and some promising routes to explore further. With strategic planning, 2024 could be your year to finally call Canada home.

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