When immigrating to Canada as skilled workers, we usually encourage those entering the Express Entry pool to obtain a job offer before settling in Canada for extra CRS Score points. Those who would rather wait until settling in Canada for a job offer may want to know your options.
Express Entry Programs That Don’t Require a Job Offer
The best option for those seeking to immigrate to Canada but don’t obtain a job offer is to apply for Express Entry Programs. Express Entry is a point-based system that manages applicants seeking permanent residency for those who can fill jobs where there is a lack of available skilled Canadian workers. The programs within the Express Entry pool that let you immigrate without a job offer include:
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
The Federal Skilled Worker Program is one of three pathways within Express Entry that allow one to work in Canada. The FSW is specific for those who are skilled workers with extensive education and work experience.
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTC)
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Canadian Experience Class allows those who have worked or studied in Canada to become Permanent Residents.
Other Options To Immigrate Without Job Offer
Provincial Nominee Programs
Some of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are options for those without a job offer. The PNPs included are:
Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OPNP)
Ontario’s PNP program has several streams that allow qualified immigrants to move to Ontario before getting a job offer.
Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program
Two particularly busy provincial nomination streams do not need employment offers among the several streams operating under the SINP. The first is the Saskatchewan Express Entry-linked stream, which, to apply, requires an active profile in the federal Express Entry system.
Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)
Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry (Category B) is the critical Stream for acquiring the Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination without a job offer.
There’s also the Canadian Investor Program category, where depending upon your net worth and your business experience, you could qualify for immigration without a job.