Exploring Your PR Visa Options in Canada

by | Jul 10, 2023

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Having a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa in Canada as an immigrant enables you to access benefits like other citizens.

You get access to healthcare, education perks, and social assistance. You also have the freedom to work anywhere, with no Visa restrictions holding you back.


Here are the main Visa programs that will earn you permanent residency in Canada:


I. Express Entry System

The Canadian government launched Express Entry in January 2015, not as an immigration program, but as an online points-based system to replace the old “first come, first served” system.

The Express Entry System includes three programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). For skilled workers who have worked full-time for more than 30 hours per week for a couple of years.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). For skilled tradespeople with work experience and Red Seal certification. It necessitates either a one-year valid job offer or a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC). For individuals with prior Canadian work experience. But it does not require any specific job offer requirement when applying.

II. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

PNP is an Express Entry program designed for specific provinces in Canada. 

It is a PR Visa option for workers who have a certain level of skills, education, language proficiency and work experience.


Some of the common PNPs include:

Atlantic Immigration Nominee Program (AIP)

AIP targets immigrants from the Atlantic Canada region, where local employers identify and recruit employees. 

But they have to become designated to hire candidates under the Atlantic Immigration Program in their specific region.

Then after they receive the go-ahead, the local employer presents the potential employee (you) with a job offer.

Following that, you must apply directly to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada for permanent residency, filling out the relevant forms and providing the necessary documentation.


Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). 

QSWP is a Quebec province points-based system PR Visa option. 

It doesn’t require a valid job offer from a Canadian or Quebec employer as the targets for QSWP are candidates with the most likelihood of becoming successful business owners or investors.

And in 2023, you have more luck in getting your QSWP application accepted if you meet all the requirements.

This is because the Quebec Immigration Plan for 2023 aims to admit up to 52,500 new permanent residents. 


III. Business and Investment Immigration Program


If you own a successful business, you may qualify for a permanent residence Visa if you want to relocate to Canada. 

The logic behind this PR Visa option is that by actively managing or starting a business in Canada, you will employ other Canadian citizens or immigrants, thereby contributing to the country’s economy.


Here are some of the Business and Investment Immigration Program PR Visa options:

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP)

QIIP doesn’t require you to manage or own a business in Quebec. But you need to make a $1.2 million investment in a government-guaranteed investment. 

You must also have a legal net worth of more than $2 million and intend to settle in Quebec.

Start-up Visa Program

It targets innovative immigrant entrepreneurs with the potential to have their businesses supported by one or more of the designated organizations.

The table below shows the minimum amount that innovative immigrant entrepreneurs must receive from designated organizations to be eligible for the Start-up Visa program.


Designated Organizations Receive Minimum Amount Examples Of Designated Organizations
Venture capital funds $200,000
  • 7 Gate Ventures
  • Apex Innovative Investments Ventures
  • Arete Pacific Tech Ventures (VCC) Corp
  • BCF Ventures
  • BDC Venture Capital
Angel investor groups $75,000
  • Canadian International Angel Investors
  • Ekagrata Inc.
  • Golden Triangle Angel Network
  • Keiretsu Forum Canada
  • Oak Mason Investments Inc.
Business incubators No financial investment required
  • LatAm Startups
  • Creative Destruction Lab
  • DMZ Ventures
  • Empowered Startups Ltd.

However, you have to pay fees over $2,140 and wait a maximum of 37 months given that this is the longest processing time.


Apply for a PR Visa with Volte Intercontinental Visa and Immigration, Inc.


To enjoy the benefits of a permanent residency visa, you need to have the right team of experts like Volte Intercontinental Visa and Immigration Inc to help you with the application process.

Permanent Residency visa application requires careful attention to detail and adherence to specific requirements to ensure that you have the best chance of success.

And Volte goes a step further by checking your eligibility to determine which Permanent Residency program option you qualify for.

Then they go over your application, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s to ensure that it is one of the best among many applicants.

So, for a better chance of becoming a Canadian permanent resident in Yukon, Alberta, or British Columbia, contact Volte Intercontinental Visa and Immigration right away to obtain a PR Visa.