Canada immigration is a difficult yet important moment in anyone’s life which is why going about it the right way, from the beginning, is so crucial.
If you have been wanting to move to Canada from Turkey but aren’t sure what your best options are, then look no further. We’ve already covered the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada, now let’s tackle the best Canada visa options that you can apply for from Turkey.
We’ll not only take a look at some of the most popular routes to take but the fastest and best ways to start your Canadian journey too, depending on what your needs are.
Most people don’t realise that there are over 100 different Canadian immigration programs, each with its own set of eligibility criteria, application requirements and processing times.
Five (5) Canadian Visa Options for Turkish Immigrants
There are various Canadian immigration options, as we’ve mentioned previously over 100, and this list continues to grow as the Canadian government strives to improve the Canadian visa application process. We’ve selected our top 5 immigration programs that are currently the most popular and most efficient ways to move to Canada from Turkey.
- Express Entry System;
- BC Tech Pilot;
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot;
- Post-Graduation Work Permit Program; and
- Temporary Work Permit.
1. Express Entry System
The Express Entry system is not only one of the most well known but also one of the most efficient Canadian immigration systems to date. Whether you have skills and experience in professional sectors such mining, medicine, sales, finance or tourism or simply want to move to Canada and work in a trade job as an electrician or a plumber, one of the three Express Entry programs may be well suited to your needs.
- Federal Skilled Worker Program – highly skilled professionals;
- Federal Trade Worker Program – skilled and experienced trade workers with a job offer
- Canadian Experience Class – highly skilled professionals with at least 1 year of Canadian work experience.
When you create your Express Entry profile you will be asked to give information about yourself such as your age, language ability, work experience, education among others. You will then receive a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which is how we assess immigration applicants. Once you have your score you will be placed into a draw pool, from which the highest-scoring profiles will be selected every 2 weeks and invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Not only does the Express Entry system have some of the fastest visa processing visa times of 6 to 8 months but it has a huge success rate, inviting over 91,000 skilled immigrants to apply for permanent resident every year!
Top Tip: Don’t have enough CRS points? Try the Provincial Nominee Route!
If you find that your CRS score isn’t high enough for one of the three main Express Entry programs, your next best Canada immigration option is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) linked immigration stream. Nearly every province has one and by simply showing interest in a specific province when you create your Express Entry Profile, you may receive a provincial nomination, which is worth 600 extra CRS points!
2. BC Tech Pilot
The BC Provincial Nominee Program is one of the fastest Canada immigration programs, even faster than the Express Entry system itself, with average processing times of around two to three months! The BC PNP is one of the provinces that have an Express Entry linked program with three other main categories, including the skills immigration, entrepreneur and the Tech Pilot.
Due to the overwhelming need to fill tech positions in the province, BC has dedicated a stream specifically to tech workers. There are currently 19 eligible occupations on the list for this program and if you qualify you can not only enjoy faster visa application processing but your employer won’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which usually require an employer to advertise a position for about three months locally before searching for international talent.
3. Atlantic Immigration Pilot
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot was designed to help people who are skilled and experience in certain in-demand occupations find a pathway to Atlantic Canada. Provinces such as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island as well as Newfoundland & Labrador are often overlooked as a potential place in Canada to immigrate to but the truth is that there are plenty of opportunities to find work perhaps even more so as you’ll find less competition when it comes to applying for a Canadian visa. As with the BC PNP, you’ll also be able to apply to work in Atlantic Canada without needing an LMIA, which means faster processing and more job opportunities. Some of the top jobs in Atlantic Canada include:
- Labourers in fish and seafood processing;
- Accommodation service managers;
- Security Guards;
- Truck drivers;
- Farmworker; and
4. Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
Whether you’re a budding student with hopes of getting a study permit to get a Canada qualification, further your academia or you’ve studied in Canada and received your Canadian qualification, you may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This allows you to stay and work in Canada for up to three years (depending on the length of your study program) and gain the necessary work experience to apply for permanent residence through programs such as the Express Entry: Canada Experience Class, among others.
So if studying abroad, namely Canada is something you’ve always dreamt of now may be the best time to apply for your Canada study permit as the Government is currently allowing students to continue their studies online in their home countries, due to pandemic restrictions without forfeiting time counted towards their PGWP!
5. Temporary Work Permit
The temporary work visa is not only one of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada but is also one of the fastest ways to get to Canada, with processing of visas taking as little a 10 weeks (depending on where you are applying from). Another added benefit is that you don’t have to worry about meeting the CRS score to qualify, and once again, there are plenty of temporary jobs in Canada that don’t need an (LMIA).
Starting your Canadian immigration journey on a temporary work permit will allow you to get enough work experience to apply for permanent residency in as little as 6 months through immigration streams such as the Saskatchewan Long Haul Truck Driver Program or one to two years through the Canada Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Federal Skilled Trade Program if you receive a permanent job offer.