If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you can sponsor your spouse, conjugal or common-law partner, dependent child (including adopted child) or other eligible relative to become a permanent resident under the Family Class (FC).
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) aims to ensure that the movement of people into Canada contributes to the country’s social and economic interests. The Economic Class supports Canada’s economic growth by selecting immigrants with essential and transferable skills that contribute to success and adaptability in the Canadian labour market.
Business Class immigrants are selected on the basis of their ability to create jobs for themselves and Canadian citizens or permanent residents, contribute capital to the Canadian economy, and stimulate economic activity.
People who would not normally be eligible to become permanent residents of Canada may be able to apply on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds. H&C grounds apply to people with exceptional cases.
Provincial Nominee Programs
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows provincial and territorial governments to participate actively in the immigration process.
The Live-in Caregiver Program facilitates the entry of qualified caregivers into Canada when employers have not been able to find Canadians to fill these positions. Caregivers can apply for permanent residence in Canada after working for two years during their first four years after entry into Canada.