If you’ve always dreamt of what it may be like to live in a country free of corruption and religious persecution but full of hope, acceptance, Turkish prosperity and opportunity, then keep reading. Canada is known as one of the most multicultural but most actively welcoming of immigrants. It has the highest percentage of foreigners living and working in all G7 countries worldwide.
With a goal of inviting 1 million skilled workers to join its community by 2022 and over 100 ways to get there, it’s no surprise that most immigrants choose Canada as their number one destination.
Canada is also attracting newcomers because of its phenomenal public healthcare and schooling system, which is free of charge to all permanent residents and Canadian citizens.
But what are the top immigration pathways that most Turkish immigrants are taking to Canada? Let’s take a look at the top 5 ways for you and your loved ones to move to Canada.
Best Ways to Move to Canada from Turkey
1. Express Entry
The Express Entry System is definitely one of the most popular options for Turkish newcomers to move to Canada. It’s not only one of the fastest ways to move to Canada, with an average visa processing time of as little as 6 – 8 months but it is also extremely efficient and easy to apply for a visa through its online portal.
This option is perfect for you if you are highly skilled as, for example, a doctor, nurse, tech professional, a construction supervisor, electrician or even an industrial butcher. You will be scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System System (CRS) based on factors such as your age, language skills, education, work experience and adaptability to Canada and will then receive a score. The Express Entry system has draws every two weeks, where thousands of people are invited to apply for permanent residents.
Visit our Express Entry page for the latest Canadian Express Entry draw updates on scores and the number of ITAs issued.
2. Provincial Nominee Program
Most Turkish immigrants find themselves living and working in Ontario or Quebec, but the truth is that there are so many other wonderful communities with missed opportunities in Canada. In fact, the Turkish communities are rapidly growing in provinces such as British Columbia and Alberta. There are even four Turkish festivals held in Canada, namely Toronto (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Edmonton (Alberta)and Calgary (Alberta).
If you already know where you want to live in Canada and have started your job hunt, you’re on the right track to getting a provincial nomination and fast-tracking your application for a Canadian visa. The Provincial Nominee Program was created to address the specific labour needs of each individual province or territory.
Each PNP has different sets of streams dedicated to helping immigrants, like you, find your way to Canada. The best place to start is to do a little research and decide where you think you and your family would most like to live as well as where your job is in demand in Canada. Once you’ve done this you can do one of two things:
- Apply directly to the province of your choice; or
- Create an Express Entry profile and express interest in a particular province or apply directly through your chosen PNP stream.
Having a provincial nomination (PN) to apply for permanent residence in Canada is a sure-fire way to all but guarantee to move to Canada. The average score for Express Entry draws are between 470 and 530, and seeing as a PN is worth an extra 600 extra PR or CRS points, you’ll be well on your way to join the Canadian community in no time at all!
Post Graduate Work Permit Program
If you are yet to get your post-secondary qualification, you may want to consider studying in Canada. Not only does it have some of the most stellar educational institutions in the world, but it could also provide you with the opportunity to stay on and work in Canada after you’ve graduated! This applies to post-grad, master and PhD programs as well as technical or trade certifications. There are however a few criteria that must be met.
For example, it is imperative that you choose a Designated Learning Institution if you want to be eligible to apply to work in Canada through the Post Graduate Work Program (PGWP). It is also very important that you make sure that your program is at least 8 months long to qualify. It is, however, important to note that the PGWP is not an immigration program but an immigration pathway as it allows you to gain the necessary Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residency status through programs such as the Canada Experience Class (CEC).
Temporary Foreign Work Permit Program
Now once again, this is not a way to permanently move to Canada but merely a route to take to Canadian immigration. Working in Canada on a temporary basis allows for three things:
- Test the waters and see if Canada is actually the right fit for you and your family;
- Faster processing times (depending on where you are applying from; and
- Allows you to gain valuable Canadian work experience and apply for permanent residency through the CEC if you are a highly skilled worker or through various other immigration programs such as the Saskatchewan Work Experience Stream after just 6 months of work.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
If you adore the ocean breeze coupled with fantastic job opportunities and small city living then you may want to take a look at The Atlantic Immigration Pilot. The Turkish community seems to be expanding in Atlantic Canada too, particularly in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
There are 4 provinces to choose from, including Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, each with its own set of labour demands that need to be met.
In order to qualify you will need to have at least one year of work experience in a high to semi-skilled occupation (Skill Type 0, level A, B or C) and have a full-time job offer in one of these four provinces or have graduated from an Atlantic publicly funded university or college and have lived in the province for at least 16 months if you’d like to apply through the graduate program.