The ABCs of immigrating to Canada if you don’t have a university degree

Immigrating to Canada can be a fairly straightforward process for those who possess a university degree.

Canada has become known as a welcoming country for immigrants who want to invest their talents here. In fact, it has made a goalto receive 350,000 new arrivals annually by 2021.

“We are 40 million people and yet we don’t have enough people living here to fulfill all the opportunities for growth,” says Rachel Gary, COO of Canada Direct. “The Canadian government is giving people the chance to have a good life here but there is the expectation that you contribute to the economy as well.”

Canada uses a points system as part of its immigration process. Factors such as work experience, education and English or French language skills are considered here. These points can begin to be accumulated in an applicant’s home country before their arrival in Canada.

Here’s how the process works at Canada Direct:

1)   When you reach out to us for help, one of the team members will  take you through a questionnaire to determine your qualifications.

2)   Next, we will send an assessment report to one of Canada Direct’s regulated Canadian immigration consultants.

Education is an important factor when it comes to eligibility. Generally, bachelor and master’s degrees from other countries will be accepted but a post-secondary from a technical school may not be.

In some cases, Canada Direct will recommend that applicants upgrade their education. Gary says that in many Central American countries, a person can have management experience without a university degree. It’s not that they’re not educated; rather, the level of education is not as stringent a job requirement as it is in Canada.

If they want to continue working in their field, Gary suggests that they come to Canada on a student visa and study to get their university degree or college diploma. Canada Direct can also get them a work visa that allows them to earn both an income and more points for immigration.

Age is also a factor when it comes to immigration applications. So those who are 35 and older, and have only a high school diploma will likely find the process more challenging. But it’s not impossible, Gary says.

If you find yourself up against these barriers to immigration, you may want to consider moving to a Canadian province such as Manitoba, which is the most lenient when it comes to eligibility criteria and doesn’t require applicants to pass an English language test. You could also apply for a student visa, no matter what your age. This allows you to upgrade your qualifications so that you can continue working in your field.

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