GNICE: Everything you need to know to migrate to Canada

Visitors learn about immigration options at GNICE in Dubai on Saturday
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Dubai: Canada is undeniably the preferred destination for potential immigrants, and the future looks bright for them as the North American country aims to welcome the highest level of immigration in its history – 401,000 immigrants this year, 411,000 more next year and 421,000 in 2023.

Migration experts and speakers at the Gulf News Three-Day Immigration and Citizenship Exhibition (GNICE), a special face-to-face immigration and citizenship event that took place finished Saturday in Dubai, said Canada was “aggressive in attracting immigrants in order to strengthen its economy and compensate for its aging population and low birth rate.”

They noted that Canada has one of the oldest populations in the world (about 18% of the population is over 65) and that the country has only 1.47 births per woman, one of the rates lowest birth rates in the world. “Immigrants will play a major role in supporting Canada’s workforce and economic growth,” noted migration experts.

How to migrate to Canada

According to Clint Khan, director of Y-Axis, one of the largest immigration firms in the world, there are three ways (federal government programs) to migrate to Canada: the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal skilled trades and the federal skilled worker program.


Clint Khan, Director of Y-Axis at GNICE in Dubai on Saturday
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Obtaining a Canadian permanent visa can lead to the acquisition of citizenship and also has several advantages, including multiple entries, family visa, educational benefits, health care benefits, unemployment benefits, and it can be used as a gateway to the United States.

Potential immigrants will have a better chance of entering Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program if their occupation is in demand. Applicants are also assessed based on point system and education level.

Start-up visa

Along the Y axis, another option to enter Canada is to apply for a start-up visa. This program can allow the candidate to move to Canada in four months. Y-Axis noted that the benefits of a starter visa include direct permanent residence (PR), the fastest processing time for the PR, a number of provincial options, and having multiple applicants.

The first step in applying for a startup visa is to present an innovative idea to designated Canadian organizations. “Once you’ve received your letter of support, apply for a Canadian PR and work permit simultaneously,” said a Y-axis consultant.

Y-Axis added, “To be eligible for the Starter Visa program, one must meet the four eligibility requirements as well as the eligibility requirements to enter Canada. The eligibility requirements for the starter visa program include a professional support letter from a designated organization, meeting language requirements, and having enough money to settle and live in Canada before earning money through to the company.

According to Y-Axis, they can help create a business plan for the business idea; present the idea to designated organizations for a letter of support; and also provide assistance with work permit documentation and PR application.

Canadian Express Entry

Dubai-based Bayat Legal Services added that Canada has an express entry application system that handles skilled worker applicants for Canada’s three main economic immigration categories.

Express Entry helps skilled workers reach public relations faster. It also grants applicants’ public relations requests based on their express entry points including age, education, language skills, work experience and other factors.

The Canada Express Entry is the fastest way to reach Immigration Canada. Anyone can apply with minimum requirements. There are no occupancy restrictions and the processing time is less than six months, noted Bayat Legal Services.


(left to right) Dr Rodolfo Rodrigues, Sales Director, Square Asset Management; Rahim Lakhani, President and CEO, Lakahni Group; Saadiya Saadat, Founder and Managing Director, Secondpass Global; Sehrish Burza, Sales Manager, Huriya Private; Sam Bayat, Founder and Owner, Bayat Legal Group; and Ahmad Karkaba, International Business Development, Vazir Group, spoke at a session on “Investment Migration: Pathways to Securing Alternative Residence and a Second Passport” on the third and final day of the Gulf News exhibition on immigration and citizenship in Dubai on Saturday
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To apply for Canadian Express Entry, first express your interest in coming to Canada as a skilled worker by creating an Express Entry profile and providing information about your skills, work experience, language skills, education and all. another detail.

Once you submit your profile, you will get a score to determine your place in the pool using the comprehensive ranking system. Canadian authorities regularly invite the best candidates in the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residence.

The candidate’s profile in the Express Entry pool will be valid for 12 months. Applicants stand a better chance if they are nominated by a province or territory and are among the highest ranked in the Express Entry pool based on their skills and experience, noted Bayat Legal Services.

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Visitors to the Ace Luxury Migration Solutions booth at GNICE in Dubai on Saturday
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Express entry point grid – here are the selection factors:

1) Age (maximum 12 points)

2) Qualified work experience (maximum 15 points)

3) Education (maximum 25 points)

4) Language skills (maximum 28 points)

5) Arranged employment in Canada (maximum 10 points)

6) Adaptability (maximum 10 points)

Minimum requirements

-Federal points grid for skilled workers – 67 points out of 100

-Language skills (English and / or French)

-English and / or French test

– Diploma evaluation report

-Payment / Proof of funds

Bayat Legal Services said it has a pro bono program or free legal advice on processing requests from skilled migrants. They also offer free one-on-one consultations, including a profile assessment, an initial assessment of eligibility to migrate to Canada, legal advice regarding Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program, and advice to document requirements.