How to immigrate to Canada from India – Various streams in 2021

(Last Updated On: January 23, 2021)

This blog lists the best and easiest ways if you are looking to immigrate to Canada from India in 2021. One of the extremely important and overlooked thing while applying for Canadian PR process is to find the right category and stream to apply for. This blog posts looks at various categories(including but not limited to nursing, IT/technology, truck drivers, startup, investor, business or a student), plumber, electricians etc in which Indians can try their fortune to immigrate to Canada. Canadian immigration is expected to take in a lot more immigrants in 2021 than the normal so this can be a great year of opportunity for people looking to immigrate to canada from India

Express entry

Who should apply : Skilled work force mainly less than 40 years of age.

Express entry is by far the most widely popular immigration stream amongst Indian folks.

Express entry is an objective point based system where you get points for various accomplishments in your life. Candidates are then ranked based on those points in a pool called as Express entry pool and the ones above a particular cutoff are invited to apply for a permanent residency application.

Express entry is the quickest way to immigrate to Canada and if you are a professional having atleast a bachelor’s degree, think no further and get your file ready for Express entry pool.

Please note that express entry covers a wide range of jobs and you will need to find the NOC which matches your skills and apply in that.


Immigrate as an entrepreneur

As Canada’s economy grows, Canada looks forward to inviting entrepreneurs who want to start a company or the ones having established firms to come and invest in Canada.

Startups: Canada’s startup friendly stance requires you to raise money from an approved Canadian investment firm and then you can apply for a permanent residence under the entrepreneur stream. These Canadian investment firms has to be one or more of Venture Capital Funds, Angel Investment Groups or Business Incubators approved by IRCC.

Once you have an investment from any of the above entities, the process is really straight forward. The process generally takes 12-16 months though.

You can read more at about Start up visa here.


As a business

If you are an already established business and want to open up an office in Canada and invest more than 1 million dollar, then you can apply for a permanent residency under this stream. This stream however is very much province dependant and various provinces have their own criterion at various points in time. You will need to keep checking the sites of various provinces to stay abreast with updates regarding this category.


Immigrate as a nurse

Nursing has a very high demand in Canada and separate stream. There are various types of nursing requirements in Canada including but not limited to Clinical health care, nursing research, intensive care nursing.

Each of the types has a different category and requires different kind of upskiling once you immigrate to Canada as a nurse. Moreover each of the provinces have different nursing associations and you may be eligible to apply to each of the provinces as per their programs.

Different nursing specialization:

  • Intensive care nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN)
  • Accident and Emergency Nurse
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Public Health or Community Nurse
  • Nursing consultant
  • Nurse Researcher
  • Allied Primary Health Practitioners

Qualification Requirement:

  • Four year post secondary university nursing program is required for individuals applying for Registered Nurses (RN).
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychiatric nursing or in general nursing and a further specializing in psychiatric nursing is minimum requirement for Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN).
  • Post-secondary nursing program of minimum 2 years in length at college level for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Then get assessment done from Canadian National Nursing Assessment Service, NNAS and apply for Express Entry.


Immigrate as a Skilled Labour

If you are a skilled labour like Plumber, Electrician, supervisor, chef, cook, butcher or any of the other industrial/mechanical trades, then this is the stream to apply in. Canada has a huge demand under Federal Skilled Trades stream and invites several skilled workers every year. The requirements of Federal Skilled Trades are as follows:

Language Proficiency(IELTS test) – Basic IELTS bands are sufficient enough
Education Credentials – Senior Secondary level education is required.
Proof of Funds – You will need to prove certain amount of funds in your account.


These are some of the streams that you can apply in if you want to immigrate to Canada from India. We keep updating this blog from time to time, so stay tuned !

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