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You can immigrate to Canada without job offer

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Did you know that you can immigrate to Canada without a job offer? Unlike many other countries, you can actually immigrate to Canada without a job offer in certain circumstances.

Canada needs immigrants in order to recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, Canada is looking for foreign skilled workers and international students to help the recovery effort.

For instance, see Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels for 2021 to 2023. See also Canada to spend Millions on immigration to spark economic recovery.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

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And Canada has many immigration programs for foreign skilled workers who do not have a job offer to immigrate to Canada.

Express Entry options without job offer

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It also is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool. However, additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points are awarded to those who already have a job.

See also Do I need a job offer to get into the Express Entry pool?

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Express Entry programs that let you immigrate without a job offer include:

Typically, Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residence occur approximately every two weeks.

In each draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence.

After IRCC approves your application and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

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To enter the Express Entry pool, you must first create an Express Entry profile with IRCC.

See also Video of Express Entry Step by Step process and How to create Express Entry Profile.

Provincial immigrant nominations without job offer

One of the most popular paths to immigrate to Canada without a job offer is the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate you for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.

Some of Canada’s PNPs with options for those without a job offer include:

Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian PR. Rather, the province is effectively guaranteeing that IRCC will invite you to apply for PR in an Express Entry draw.

This is because nominated candidates get an additional 600 points for Express Entry CRS score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw.

Each province in Canada has unique labour demands and seeks to attract different industries. For example, the IT industry is booming with foreign skilled workers in British Columbia. In Ontario, health care workers and truck drivers are in high demand.

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The list of who can immigrate to Canada without a job offer includes virtually every professional and skilled worker who has a license or registration in their home country. See also 15 top foreign workers jobs in demand in Canada and their NOCs.


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.