7. Call on a family member
If you have a spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, or sibling that is a Canadian citizen, they can sponsor you for permanent residence. If granted, you’ll be able to live, work, and/or study in Canada indefinitely.
Now, part of the deal is that your sponsor agrees to support you financially if necessary, while you agree to do your very best to support yourself. Since money issues between family members can be touchy, be sure you know what you’re getting into if you go this route.
6. Go to school
For a roundabout path to permanent residence, consider studying in Canada. There are lots of great schools to choose from, but do try and pick one in the province you hope to live in long term. Usually, you will be required to stay in that province after graduation to work.
A job offer is necessary in order to stay long-term, but you’ll be way ahead of the pack in that regard due to your Canadian education. You can also work part-time during school, but that experience does not count toward any IEC residence streams.
5. Take a working holiday
Relatively young people (between 18-35 years old) are eligible for a working holiday through a program called International Experience Canada. It allows you to arrive in Canada on an open work permit without a job offer in advance.
Really the only restriction on the type of work you can do on your working holiday relates to strip clubs or escort services. Several countries have an agreement with Canada that facilitates this process. If yours doesn’t, don’t fret.
Canada has several Recognized Organizations for foreign youth that will help facilitate this visa for a fee. Experience gained through a working holiday can be used toward a later application for permanent residence.