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Getting a Visa to move to Canada

Posted by By Kirsty Parsons - November 20, 2014

getting a visa to move to CanadaOne of the most important things in organising your relocation is getting a visa to move to Canada. Canada is a very popular destination for UK residents. In 2009 there were 9566 permanent residents of Canada originating from the UK, an increase of 4649 (106%) since 2000. The thought of moving to Canada permanently may be an exciting dream for many people, but you will need to meet one its entry criteria if that dream is to become a reality.


Federal skilled worker visa

If you are trained or currently working in a skilled role on the list of skilled occupations then this is a good place to start in getting a visa to move to Canada. Canadian skilled worker Visas are awarded based on a point’s basis taking into account the skills that Canada requires. Points are awarded for:

  • Education achievements
  • Languages spoken
  • Work experience
  • Age
  • Whether you have a job offer in Canada
  • Your spouse’s education
  • Whether you have family in Canada

Find out more about the Canadian Federal Skilled Workers Visa

Entrepreneur Visa

If part of the reason for your getting a visa to move to Canada is to start a business then the Entrepreneur visa might be the one for you. If you have at least 2 years business experience and a net worth of at least C$300,000 then you are eligible to apply for an Entrepreneurs Visa with the intention of owning and managing your own business in Canada.

Find out more about the Canadian Entrepreneur Visa

Family Sponsorship Visa

If you have a family member that is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada who is at least 18 years old, they may be able to sponsor you in getting your visa to move to Canada under the Family Class. These can be:

  • your spouse,
  • your conjugal or common-law partner,
  • your parent
  • other eligible relatives.

Find out more about the Canadian Family Sponsorship Visa

Self Employment Visa

If you have relevant experience in cultural activities, athletics or experience in farm managment you may be able to use these factors to help in getting a visa to move to Canada. The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to bring people who will become self-employed in Canada who intend and can make a significant contribution to the cultural or athletic life of Canada, or intend to and are able to buy and manage a farm in Canada.

Find out more about the Canadian Self Employment Visa


Of course if you don’t want to move to Canada permanently there are a number of temporary visas available for tourists, those wanting to study, those wanting to get married etc.

For lots of other useful information on moving to Canada, check out our International Removals pages.

If you already have your visa and need help with Removals to Canada please contact us for a free, no obligation quote by clicking the button below:

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Topics: Canada, Area Guides, Visas and Immigration

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