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Canadian immigration law is tricky! Rely on us to help you figure it all out.

Immigration Programs

Did you know there are more than 50 programs to get permanent resident status? And that doesn’t include programs to bring in family members, caregivers or refugees. The best program for you may be in a province you don’t know. View summaries of federal and provincial programs. Find out which provinces are favoured by immigrants from China, Nigeria, India and other countries. Discover which provinces are booming – and which aren’t. Or use our comparison tools to sort through programs by language, speed, education and work experience.


How do you figure out which language test to take, when to take it or even if you need to? This section offers you a primer on the three main tests, a conversion table, a schedule of fees and some guidance on how language skills relate to immigration.

Job Categories (NOC)

You may need a job in Canada to get permanent resident status – but be careful what kind of job you take! Many immigration programs require that you do certain kinds of work. Figuring out the work requirements is an important part of your immigration planning. That all starts with something called the National Occupational Classification (NOC). If you do just one thing in immigration planning, do this: become familiar with how jobs are ranked in Canada.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit is key for most students who want to become permanent residents. But there are some tricky bits to this all-important step. Make sure that you’re doing it right.


High-skilled work? Canadian Language Benchmark? Common-law partner? Immigration has a lot of specialized vocabulary. Use our Definitions site to figure out what it all means.

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