How to immigrate to Canada without a job?

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on March 11, 2022


immigrate to Canada without a job

Immigrate to Canada without a job? – Complete Guide

Unlike many developed countries, Canada offers equal opportunities for foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada permanently even without a job offer in hand. In addition, due to Canada’s dynamic and highly versatile immigration system, there are various pathways available for those who don’t have a job offer from a Canadian employer.

Among other options, one of the most common and popular immigration pathways to Canada PR is the Express Entry system. Apart from Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) also offers a route to permanent residency.

Except for Quebec, each Canadian province and territory runs its immigration program, called Provincial Nominee Program (PNP. These PNP streams are designed to meet particular market labour needs of a province by welcoming semi-skilled workers, skilled workers, students and business people.

A few Canadian provinces run specific PNP streams through which a foreign national can move to Canada without a job offer in hand.

Let’s have a look at such a PNP stream.

Ontario Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream

Every year, Ontario welcome one-third of all newcomers to Canada. Out of all the OINP PNP streams, HCP is the most popular for those who don’t have a job offer in Canada. Under the HCP stream, there are three Express Entry-linked sub-categories under which Ontario actively issue invitations to eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian PR.

The HCP follows a merit-based selection system for selecting highly-qualified, skilled workers from the Express Entry pool of candidates.

To qualify under HCP, you must:

  • have a valid Express Entry profile in any one of the following programs:
    • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • have a minimum of one year of full-time skilled work experience
  • have a high school credential obtained abroad or in Canada
  • prove language ability in English or French and score a minimum CLB 7
  • have enough proof of funds to settle down in Ontario

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker (ISW) category

The ISW is another popular option among overseas workers who don’t have a job offer in Canada. There are two key streams under ISW that doesn’t have a job offer requirement, and select candidates with skilled work experience gained abroad, including:

  • Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupation

To determine your eligibility for Canadian permanent residence as a provincial nominee, you may take a free profile assessment online. Or, you may connect with us for quick guidance on a Toll-free no. 78-18-000-777.


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