3 Basic Steps for Moving to Canada from India

Last Updated On : May 01 , 2024

If you are an Indian working in the US or any foreign country temporarily and want to check your eligibility for permanent residency in Canada, various pathways are available. These include Express Entry, TR visa, business programs, sponsorship programs and more.

A Canadian education credential or work experience can increase your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through an immigration draw, especially for STEM occupations. Category-based draws are conducted, and meeting the criteria can help you achieve your goal of gaining permanent residency in Canada.

Living Cost comparison: CA Vs IND

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India (₹)

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₹5,000 - ₹10,000 (approx.)


CAD$300 - CAD$500 (approx.)

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₹1,000 - ₹2,000 (approx.)


CAD$65 - CAD$105 (approx.)

Our Immigration experts at PAIC have defined the immigration process into three steps.

  • Profile Competency Evaluation
  • Profile Building for Express Entry Pool
  • Application for Permanent Residency

Step 1: Profile Competency Evaluation (PCE)

Our RCIC will analyse your immigration details and recommend the best-suited immigration program. 

After that, they will conduct a profile assessment to determine your CRS score, evaluate your Educational Credential Assessment report for Canadian Permanent Residency, and consider the remaining steps in the second stage of the Express Entry pool profile building.

Step 2: Profile Building for Express Entry Pool

After evaluating your CRS score and ECA report, you can begin your immigration process with creating an express entry profile. Our immigration experts will assist with the following:

  • Required documents
  • Language test results
  • A proper NOC code
  • All other essential steps for submitting an express entry profile.

Step 3: Application for Permanent Residency (APR)

Based on the previous steps, you have a strong Express Entry profile and have entered the Express Entry pool. With the most recent Express Entry draw, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) and must complete all the necessary steps for your permanent residency application.

Our team of immigration experts will guide you throughout the process and help you with the following steps:

  • Form and documentation
  • Case Creation
  • Verification
  • Interview Preparation

Most Popular Immigration Programs

There are multiple immigration programs, including Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, Family Sponsorship, and others, for moving to Canada, but as per your profile details and your goal, selecting the best one will increase your chances of success.

Express Entry Program

Since the Express Entry program is focused on skilled immigrants, many expatriate tech workers working abroad have applied for Canadian immigration through Express Entry.

As a skilled international worker, you can apply with any of the following programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program
  • Canadian Experience Class Program

Canada Study Visa

You can apply for a study permit in Canada as an international student. Before applying, you should confirm the following:

  • Must have an ECA Report. (exceptions for health streams)
  • Receive an LOA from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Have a valid passport until you complete your studies.
  • Check if you are eligible for the Canadian scholarship program.

Provincial Nominee Program

Canada is made up of 10 provinces. One way to obtain Canadian permanent residency is through the Provincial Nominee Program, which can be facilitated by securing a job offer from a provincial employer.

A large number of Indian IT engineers aspire to work and settle permanently in Canada. Ontario is their top choice due to its strong IT industry and favourable living conditions.

Ontario has its own immigration program, and many IT professional expatriates who are currently employed in the United States or other countries in Canada apply through the Foreign Worker Stream to move to Ontario.


Indians in Canada

The chart above indicates that Indian expatriates represent a significant portion of Canadian residents in both 2021 and 2022. There has been a notable increase in the number of Indian immigrants relocating to Canada in recent times. In 2021, 127,940 immigrants were granted Canadian PR visa by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, while in 2022, the number increased to 118,095.

Reference: Cost of living in Canada (wise)