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Immigrate to Canada from Cambodia – Updated Guidelines

Cambodian citizens have over 100 Canada immigration programs to use to immigrate to Canada from Cambodia. For example you may immigrate to Canada from Cambodia as a skilled worker, as a student, or be sponsored by a family member who is a Canadian permanent resident or citizen.

Pathways to immigrate to Canada from Cambodia

Depending on your qualifications, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada under one or more of the following Canada immigration programs:

Canada also offers a number of Family Class Sponsorship programs that allow Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members and loved ones to immigrate to Canada.

What are the best options to immigrate to Canada from Cambodia?

Later in this post we provide you the step-by-step instructions to apply for a Canadian immigration program of your choice. Before then, let us briefly describe several of the ways you can immigrate to Canada.

1. Skilled Worker path

Skilled workers who choose to immigrate to Canada may apply for permanent residency under the federal Express Entry program. The Express Entry system allows Canada to actively recruit, assess and select skilled immigrants under the three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. A certain number of the highest-ranked candidates who have submitted their profiles into the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws which typically take place every two weeks. A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

Based on your personal information you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.

Once your profile has been completed and your CRS has been calculated, you will be placed into a pool of Express Entry candidates ranked by their CRS score. The Canadian government regularly draws candidates from this pool to issue ITAs based on particular needs and shortages in the country. Candidates with the highest CRS scores get issued ITAs first. So once your CRS score meets the minimum cut-off point for a particular draw you will be issued an ITA. See for example 3400 Express Entry candidates invited for Canada PR.

Figure – Basic steps to immigrate to Canada

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2. Student Visa path

Students who have applied for and been accepted into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) may apply for a Canadian Student Visa to come to Canada for the program to which they have been accepted. See Canada student via requirementsFind Universities in Canada and Find Canada Scholarships.

NOTE: An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is required to apply for certain Canada immigration programs. World Education Services (WES) is designated by Canada to provide ECAs for degrees and diplomas earned outside of Canada. See more information on WES Canada – ECA.

3. Family Sponsorship path

If you have family members or friends that are already Canadian citizens or permanent residents they may sponsor you to immigrate to Canada under several family class immigration programs. such as the federal Family Class program and the family streams of the Provincial Nominee Program available in the province where they are resident.

4. Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are very popular among candidates applying to immigrate to Canada.  Under the PNPs, Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are able to nominate individuals to reside in the province/territory as permanent residents in order to meet their economic needs.

Once you have created your profile under the federal Express Entry system, you may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through the federal government, or you may receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

5. Have you previously studied or worked in Canada or doing so now?

If you previously worked/studied or you are currently working/studying in Canada, you have a path to becoming Canadian permanent residents via the Canadian Experience Class and Quebec Experience Class programs.

For example, you get points if you or your spouse/partner completed at least 2 academic years of full-time study (in a program at least 2 years long) at a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada. Full-time study means at least 15 hours of classes per week. You must have stayed in good academic standing (as set out by the school) during that time.

You may receive additional points if your spouse or partner did at least 1 year of full-time work in Canada on a valid work permit or while authorized to work in Canada.

6. Do you have a high net worth or significant financial resources?

The federal and Quebec governments operate a number of business investor and entrepreneur immigration programs that offer excellent opportunities for obtaining Canadian permanent resident status. In addition many provinces offer business or investment streams under their Provincial Nominee Programs that are available. Some of the popular ones include Canada Start-up Visa Program and Quebec Immigrant Investor Program.

7. Do you own and/or manage a business?

Your business ownership or managerial experience may enhance your eligibility for federal and provincial governments business investor and entrepreneur immigration programs.

Step-by-step guides to immigrate to Canada

In the following sections we have simplified for you the steps that you need to take to immigrate to Canada, using a 10-step guide. Follow the basic steps below to get started.

Step 1 – Where to Live in Canada

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It is important to decide about the best places to live in Canada based on your personal needs. For instance, you need to determine if you want to move to a family friendly province known for the best education systems and daycare programs in the country or if you want to move to a Canadian province with best economic factors like jobs.

As described earlier in Part 4 Canadian provinces also have their own immigration programs (PNPs) that are designed to address their own unique human labor needs. Some provinces focus on foreign IT workers while others focus on healthcare workers. Getting nominated under any one of these programs increases your chances of becoming a Canadian permanent resident. See Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

The province of Quebec is primarily French-speaking and offers its own immigration program that is tailored for candidates with high French-language proficiency. Some PNPs also target French-speaking applicants, for example Ontario and Nova Scotia PNPs.

Step 2 – Which Canada immigration programs are you eligible for?

There are over 100 Canada immigration programs in multiple categories and sub-categories. Each program, category and sub-category has its own unique requirements that you need to meet before you should think about applying.

The first step is to be clear about why you want to immigrate to Canada. Ask yourself the following questions. Do you want to come to Canada for work, to be reunited with your family, to study as an international student, to get access to a better lifestyle or any combination of these?

Step 3 – Pass eligibility requirements for the Canada immigration program that you chose

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It is important that you first assess your potential to meet the eligibility requirements for the Canada immigration program that you are interested in. This will not only safe you time but most importantly will help you to focus on what you need to do to pass the eligibility requirements and be invited to apply for Canadian permanent resident.

Example: evidence of work experience, English or/and French language tests, policy background clearance and medical exams & health clearance.

Step 4 – Gather all Important Documents

Failure to include all of the documents required for the Canada immigration program that you have applied to will result in rejection or delay of your application.

Most Canadian immigration programs ask for ID, passport or birth certificate, medical exam results that are not older than a year, IELTS and TEF exam results that are not older than two years, biometric records, ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) and police clearance certificate.

See also proof of acceptanceproof of identityproof of financial supportletter of explanationcertificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) and other documents

Step 5 – Complete IELTS and TEF Exams

As indicated in Step 3 above, language skills in French and English are a key requirement in virtually all Canada immigration programs. Canada needs you to prove that you can adapt, communicate and use local languages to communicate with your community and the people you work with.

This will also increase your overall ranking scores on the CRS points system and the likelihood to succeed in your application to immigrate to Canada.

See IELTS and TEF tests for Canada immigration or visa.

Step 6 – Get your ECA education assessment

Education is a highly valued factor under the Canadian immigration points system. You must get all of your certificates, degrees, diplomas, licenses and qualifications verified by accredited organisations to prove that they meet Canadian standards.

See information on where and how to get your foreign educational credential assessment (ECA) done here: WES – World Education ServicesICES – International Credential Evaluation ServiceICAS – International Credential Assessment ServiceIQAS – International Qualifications Assessment Service.

Step 7 – Do Your Medical Examination

A complete medical examination is required for all Canada immigration programs that involve staying in Canada for more than six months.

NOTE: A medical exam cannot be performed by any doctor. Medical exams will only be accepted if they are completed by a doctor who belongs in Canada approved Panel Physicians.

The panel physician doesn’t make the final decision about your medical exam. IRCC makes that decision. If there’s a problem with your medical exam, IRCC contact you in writing.

See complete IRCC information on Canada immigration medical examination requirements.

Step 8 – Get a Police Clearance Certificate

To immigrate to Canada you must have a clear criminal record check. To demonstrate this, IRCC requires that you submit a police certificate.

IRCC has published information on how and where you can get a police clearance certificate in your country. See IRCC: How to get a police certificate – Immigration and citizenship.

Step 9 – Apply for Biometrics

Effective July 31, 2018 Canadian immigration law requires that international students and graduates from Europe, the Middle East and Africa must submit their biometrics (fingerprints and a facial recognition photo) with their applications for visitor, study, and work visa, and for permanent resident status in Canada. Applicants from Asia, Asia Pacific and the America will be required to provide Biometrics identification starting December 31, 2018.

For complete IRCC information please go to Find a Biometrics collection point close to you.

Step 10 – Use a Canada immigration lawyer or agent

As you can see from the above steps, the Canadian immigration system is complicated, and frequently changing. Errors can have devastating and costly consequences for applicants, delaying your process or even causing rejected claims.

Please visit Find Canada Immigration Lawyers.

Also read our “dos” and “don’ts” to ensure you get ethical lawyers and agents and avoid scammers: Avoid Immigration Fraud and Scam; and Finding a Good Canada Immigration Lawyer.