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How Can I Move to Canada With My Family?


Canada has a lot of appeal for immigrants, with its relative safety, high quality of life, and a strong economy. It also recognizes that people may want to live there with their families. As a result, the Canadian government has an extensive and thorough set of procedures that can help you to move to Canada with your family. This article breaks down all the steps in that process, so you’ll know what to expect when preparing for your move.

Immigration program type

Canada has two standard immigration types for people who want to live there with their families. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Program Linked with the Canadian Federal Express Entry. The other is through the family sponsorship program.

Immigration category

Canada has two categories that people can submit their application to immigrate. These are Federal Skilled Worker and Family Sponsorship. The application must be under the Federal Skilled Worker Program which is tied to the express entry. The Family Sponsorship Program is for people who want to sponsor their close family members for entering Canada, who do not qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.


The Canadian express entry program is used to score candidates who register and create a profile and the applicants with the highest points are invited to apply through the numerous provincial programs.

Candidates who intend to immigrate to Canada are required to create an express entry profile, they would then be added to a pool where they will be ranked.

The requirement to register for the express entry pool

  1. International Passport
  2. Passport Photograph
  3. Proof of funds
  4. Medical Certificate
  5. Educational degree
  6. Medical Certificate
  7. Employment documents and income documents to show working experience.
  8. IELTS test results proving your language proficiency

ensure that all the listed documents are available because you will ask to present them when you are creating your express entry profile


Family Sponsorship

To enter Canada with your family, you will need to be working with a provincial immigration program that will allow you to sponsor your family members. This is also known as family sponsorship.

There are a number of provincial programs that you can work with.

Immigration Category

To be able to move to Canada as a family as a sponsored member, you need to first apply for immigration as a skilled worker. You can then enter the country as a spouse or common-law partner, or as a dependent child.

The eligibility requirements for family sponsorship are rather stringent, and there may be a lot of paperwork involved in the process. You’ll need to get everything in order, including your documents, and your spouse or common-law partner will need to get his or her own work visa.

After entering the country using this method, you might get permanent resident status after one year. However, it is a very thorough process, and you will have to go through 4 immigration processing stages.

In line with the expedited worker program, Canada also has an In-Canada Application for Federal Skilled Workers Immigration Pathway. This is a program that will allow you to obtain a visa within 15 business days. It is fast-track processing of skilled workers who would be coming from the European Economic Area (EEA). Irrespective of whether you are applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Canada’s Express Entry program, it is possible to apply under this pathway.

You can do so under the following categories:

The reality is that the Express Entry Program does have a lot of advantages, but applicants are still ranked based on a number of factors. These include your education, job history, language skills, and work experience.

You will need to show that you are eligible for at least one year of full-time paid work within the last 10 years, and you’ll need official confirmation of your work experience. You will also need to demonstrate that you can support yourself financially while in Canada.

This is a really fast process, and you will have less than 15 business days to complete the Express Entry program. You can also use this pathway to submit an In-Canada application for skilled workers.