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Frequently Asked Questions on Canadian Immigration

Do you need a job offer to immigrate to Canada?

​Unlike some foreign countries, you do not need a job offer to immigrate to Canada. There are programs available for you that allow you to apply for permanent residency in Canada without securing employment beforehand.

Immigrating to Canada Without A Job

​You can apply for permanent residence if you are considered a Skilled Worker. If you possess the necessary expertise in any of the many fields associated with the Canadian labor market, you may be able to apply as a Federal Skilled Worker.

How do I improve my CRS score for Canadian Immigration?

​If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system, your chances of being selected are based on how well you score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You are awarded points under CRS based on a number of factors including education, proficiency in English and/or French language, age, and work experience. Other factors that can significantly increase your score include Canadian degrees, diplomas, certificates, a valid job offer, and a nomination from a Canadian province or territory.


What is the Canadian permanent resident (PR) card?

Your PR card can be used to show that you have permanent resident status in Canada. If you travel outside Canada, you will need to show your card and your passport when you come back on a commercial vehicle, like an airplane, boat, train, or bus.

PRs traveling outside Canada who do not have a valid PR card, or who are not carrying it, need to apply for a permanent resident travel document before returning to Canada by a commercial vehicle.


What permanent residents can do:

As a permanent resident, you have the right to:

  • get most social benefits that Canadian citizens receive, including health care coverage,

  • live, work or study anywhere in Canada,

  • apply for Canadian citizenship,

  • protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


You must pay taxes and respect all Canadian laws at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels.


What permanent residents cannot do:

  • You are not allowed to:

  • vote or run for political office,

  • hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance

What is NOC code?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s national system of organizing and describing occupations. It can help you locate information about occupations found throughout Canada’s job market.


NOC is a useful tool for job seekers. You can use it to research:

•             job descriptions

•             educational requirements

•             required skills

•             related occupations

The NOC is often used by employers to help them write job descriptions and identify skill requirements for new job postings.

The NOC is also used by many government agencies (including Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) to identify skills shortages in the Canadian job market.

The NOC is updated every 5 years by Employment and Social Development Canada and Statistics Canada. The most current version of the NOC is NOC 2011

How is the NOC Organized?

The NOC can seem confusing if you are not familiar with it. Basically, it is a tool that is used to classify occupations according to their skill level and skill type.

Every occupation is identified by a four-number code, called the NOC code. Each number represents a different trait, which describes the type of industry, and the education and skills required.


How to select the correct NOC code

If you need to select your NOC code for immigration purposes, you may want to consult with an immigration professional to make sure you use the correct code.

NOC for Job Searching

Knowing the NOC code for your occupation before doing a job search can make searching easier and faster. Government job boards such as Job Bank organize job postings by the NOC code, so if you know the NOC code you can easily search for all jobs under that code.

If an employer includes a NOC number in a job posting, you are able to check the job description that will list special requirements for experience or education.

What do you need to do if you don’t have NOC?

In case you do not have the National Occupational Classification or the NOC code, you can check a code which is similar to your job description or job duties.


How many days it will take to find out about NOC?

It is a matter of hours to understand Your NOC. 


You can contact our Canada immigration professionals who could evaluate Your credentials and your chances of immigration to Canada.


What is IELTS?

International English Language Testing System

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS™ is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world, others being the TOEFL, TOEIC.

IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the world.

IELTS is the only Secure English Language Test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa customers applying both outside and inside the UK. It also meets the requirement for immigration to Australia, where the TOEFL and Pearson Test of English Academic are also accepted, and New Zealand. In Canada, IELTS, TEF, or CELPIP are accepted by the immigration authority.


How to Immigrate to Canada without Taking the English Language Test?

Canada has two official languages, thus the initial requirement for potential immigrants is the proficiency in English or French language at a sufficient level for integration into Canadian society. Since the level of language proficiency is very subjective, there are several tests that determine the level of language knowledge that meets the immigration requirements.

Unfortunately, not all applicants, even those who speak English or French at the required level, can successfully pass the exam and score the required grades. Moreover, passing the test can become an insurmountable obstacle for a person who does not speak the language at all.

Potential immigrants tend to think that the language can be learned within the appropriate environment, and usually it is so. But how can you get into this language environment if you need that knowledge of the language for immigration? There are several ways of immigration for people with a low level of language skills.


  • The most effective way of immigration, in this case, is to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. If the work does not require fluency in the language, then it is quite simple.

  • The provincial immigration programs that have lower language proficiency requirements if you have a certain work experience in the in-demand occupation in a particular province or a valid job offer from an employer from that province.

  • Another effective method of immigration without taking the language test is enrollment in language courses with subsequent enrollment to a full-time study program which will allow the applicant to receive a work permit for up to three years. This time is enough to complete your immigration and obtain Canadian permanent residency.

  • The easiest way to visit Canada and determine whether immigration to Canada is really what you want is to get a tourist visa. During your visit to Canada, you can choose whether this visit will be a pleasant tourist trip or the first step towards immigration.


How to proceed if you require assistance?

1. Email us ( Your issue and any documentation that you consider relevant


2. We review your documents and appoint a consultant/lawyer to contact you with the brief assessment


3. You decide whether to proceed.


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