If you are Guyanese and you want to move to Canada, there are a number of Canadian immigration options that may be available to you that could help you make the transition from Guyana to Canada.
Temporary Immigration Option
Firstly, you have the option of moving to Canada temporarily. You may be able to immigrate to Canada as a temporary resident on a study permit or a work permit or a visitors permit. If you wish to move to Canada as a student, you will need to successfully apply for a study permit. This also applies to the work permit and visitors permit, however, the requirements differ depending on the pathway you choose.
1. Study Permit
The first available option is moving to Canada as a student and taking your family with you if you so choose. It is possible to submit a study permit application that jointly also allows you to move with your dependents included in the application. Your dependents in this case mean your spouse or your dependent children. In other words, if your application is successful, you would be able to study in Canada and your accompanying spouse would be able to work in Canada. In the case of your accompanying dependent children, they would be able to attend school in Canada as well while you are studying.
2. Work Permit
Alternatively, a Guyanese national has the option of applying for a work permit if they are able to secure a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. The Canadian employer would need to meet certain requirements inside Canada before they are able to offer the job to a Guyanese national. Assuming that you are able to find a Canadian employer who is willing to provide you with a job offer, then immigrating to Canada on a work permit may be a viable option for a Guyanese national.
3. Visitors Permit
The third temporary immigration option is traveling to Canada as a tourist. It is important to bear in mind that Guyanese nationals are required to apply for visas. This means that in order for you to fly to Canada, you will first need to apply and be issued a visa. The visa does not allow you to remain in Canada. It is the study permit or work permit or visitors record that actually allows you to remain in Canada. To remain in Canada, you need a valid status document. Those are the three options for a Guyanese national who wishes to immigrate to Canada temporarily.
Permanent Residence Option
Guyanese nationals also have the option of moving to Canada permanently as Canadian permanent residents. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to apply directly from Guyana for Canadian permanent residency. There are certain eligibility criteria that are considered under this immigration pathway.
The Canadian government usually chooses persons who meet certain requirements and invites them to apply for permanent residency based on a points system. The government, from time to time, looks into the Express Entry pool of eligible applicants and invites those that have scored a high number of points to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
In order for the government to attribute many points to you, you will need to show that you have the requisite work experience in a professional-type job or in a high-skilled type job, or in a managerial type job. Ultimately, you will need to show that you have the requisite work experience. More than three years of work experience is ideal but you need to have at least a minimum of one year of work experience. This will help with accumulating high points.
Additionally, you will need to show that you have at least an undergraduate degree. Ideally, if you have a graduate degree, it will be invaluable for you and will help with your overall points score. Your language proficiency also improves your score. Hence, your performance in an English language or French language test is important. Points will be assigned to you based on how well you do in the language test.
The fourth factor considered in the permanent residency option is your age. The younger you are, the more favorable it is going to be. If you are between the ages of 22 and 33, you will have better chances and score higher points in the system. A combination of all the discussed factors is what will be considered when determining your overall point score. The higher your points, the more likely it is that you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency directly from Guyana. Generally, those are some of the options available to a Guyanese national wishing to immigrate to Canada.
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