Canada has a robust immigration system, welcoming foreign workers and international students to work and live in the country. Among all the immigrant-generating countries, India is the number one source of immigrants coming into Canada.

The Numbers

That is true, especially if you consider the statistical reports of Canada’s 2016 national census. According to the report, there were 1,374710 Indian immigrants in the country in 2016. The number has continued to rise exponentially in the last four (4) years.

The same trend continued in 2019. The country’s immigration authorities documented over 300,000 foreigners coming into the country. Among them were 85,250 immigrants of Indian origin, which accounts for a quarter of the total immigrant population. These numbers represent a considerable rise since 2015 when Indian citizens accounted for only 14% of all foreigners in Canada.

When you assess the number of nationalities represented under the Express Entry immigration program, Indians still hold the top spot. Among all principal candidates invited to apply for permanent residency from 2017 to 2019, virtually half were from India. That’s a significant number because only 7% of all Express Entry invitations were sent to foreigners from Nigeria and China, the second- and third-highest countries sourcing Canadian immigrants.

While Express Entry is the most popular and easiest way to get into Canada, immigration candidates had 100 economic-class categories to choose from. For a better understanding of some of the gateways into Canada from India and other destinations around the globe, here is a breakdown of the available options.

The Express Entry Immigration Program

Express Entry is the he most popular [and easiest] way to enter Canada as a foreigner, especially if you are a skilled worker. Indians who wish to immigrate to Canada via the Express Entry program must be eligible for any of the three economic class tickets. These include:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

That’s not all. Prospective Express Entry immigrants also need to write and pass an English or French test. That assesses their fluency since Canadians speak in these languages. Additionally, they need to have undergone a professional academic course to earn them a degree, diploma, certificate, or other educational papers obtained outside Canada.

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