Canada is one of the most dynamic, diverse, and multicultural communities in the world, with a 7.7% Muslim population. Immigration from Lebanon started in 1882 and continues to this day. There are estimated to be between 200,000 and 400,000 individuals of Lebanese origin in Canada today.
There are over 80 active immigration programs for Lebanese nationals to enter Canada. This is a complete guide that will hopefully help you in your immigration journey.
The Quickest Immigration Path: Express Entry
Thousands of foreign nationals apply to the Express Entry process every year. This is the best way to immigrate to Canada for skilled immigrants who want to participate in the economy.
Express Entry manages applications for three economic immigration programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
You can score points in the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) through the following:
Demographics (age, marital status)
Level of education
Language test results (English and French)
Employment history in Canada or a job offer from a Canadian employer
Family relations in Canada
Canada has thirteen provinces, and each of them operates its own individual immigration programs, called the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). These programs are built on the unique economic and demographic needs of each province. If you are nominated through the PNP program, you score an additional 600 points in the CRS.
For specific requirements for the Express Entry stream of your choice, all application information is available on Canada.ca.
Québec is a unique Canadian province in that it administers its own immigration programs that are separate from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Canada’s federal government has granted Québec more autonomy in immigration procedures.
Foreign nationals who want to settle in Québec can apply for a Québec Certificate of Selection (Certificat de sélection du Québec, CSQ) through three pathways.
- Québec Skilled Worker Program (QSW) – This is for highly educated and trained candidates to immigrate to Québec as skilled workers. Applicants that score enough points are given a CSQ and can then apply for permanent residence. Holders of validated job offers can apply for a CSQ anytime and will have a more straightforward pathway to residency at the federal level.
- Québec Experience Program (PEQ) – This is for temporary foreign workers and international students with work or school experience in Québec.
- Quebec Business Immigration – This is for entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals.
Canada also offers immigration programs to allow Canadians to sponsor family members as permanent residents. If you are a Canadian citizen over 18, you can sponsor your spouse, partner, dependent children, parents, grandparents, and relatives.
If you sponsor a relative to come to Canada as a permanent resident, you must: support your relative financially and meet all of their essential needs.
There are many immigration pathways that Lebanese nationals can take. If you are a skilled worker or a student, the path can be a little bit easier. If you already have family currently residing in Canada, they can sponsor your entry as well. Be sure to consult a qualified immigration agency as you take your first steps in preparing for immigration.
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