How to Move to Canada With Your Family – Step By Step

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If you’ve been considering making the move to Canada with your family, you’re in luck! This comprehensive guide will take you through all the steps you need to take to make your move a success.

From gathering information on visas and immigration requirements to finding a job and settling into your new home, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started!

Define your reason for moving

There are many reasons why people might want to move to Canada.

Some people move for work, some for school, and others because they want to start a new life in a new country. Whatever your reason for moving, make sure you are clear about it before you start planning your move.

Knowing your reason for moving will help you determine the best way to go about it. Are you moving permanently, or just for a short period of time? Are you bringing your entire family, or just yourself? What kind of visa do you need? Answers to these questions will help you determine the steps you need to take in order to make your move as smooth as possible.

What if i decide that i want to move with my whole family?

If after your initial consideration, you decide that actually want to move with your whole family, then the next step is to determine which pathway is best for you and your loved ones. 

The trick at this point, is to find a program that you are well suited to, and you may just be on your way to realizing those dreams. And unlike other immigration destinations, Canada will actually love to see you arrive with your family.

Also, if you arrive in Canada first and will like your family to join you, there is the option of family re-unification. This is because Canada has a strong commitment to family reunification, so you can also apply to sponsor your spouse, children, parents, and grandparents if you’re already in Canada!

Many of Canada’s immigration programs allow applicants to bring their families with them. However, this is not the case for every program, so you should verify the procedure for your program of choice before applying.

Permanent immigration programs, including Express Entry and business immigration, allows families to be included. Some temporary visa programs for working and studying will allow applicants to bring their families, but this is often decided on a case-by-case basis and depends on the program regulations.

What does Express Entry entail?

The Canadian government uses Express Entry, an online points-based system, to organize and process applications for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada and get permanent residence status. Three major government economic programs are managed under the system:

How can I submit an Express Entry application?

It takes two steps to apply for Express Entry. The initial step is to submit your application, which will require the following documents:

  • Test results in languages
  • Report on educational credential evaluation
  • A travel document such as a passport
  • You will need to submit a more extensive application that includes reference letters, extra identity documents, police clearance certificates, and the results of a medical examination once you submit your profile and receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

The requirements to register for the express entry pool

You will need a

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  • Passport.
  • Medical Certificate
  • Educational certificate
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Proof of funds
  • Passport Photograph
  • Employment records and income records to show working experience.
  • IELTS test results proving your language proficiency
  • Be sure to put together all these documents because you will be asked to present them when you are filling or creating your express entry profile.

What are the requirements for Express Entry?

Express Entry candidates should have a university or college diploma, relevant professional experience, and a moderate command of English and/or French.

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Candidates must complete the eligibility conditions for one of three government programs in order to submit a profile using the Express Entry system:

  1. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  2. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  3. Federal Skilled Trades (FST) (CEC)

How to Create an Express Entry Profile?

  • Visit the Canadian official website to get the form.
  • Canada will demand you answer a questionnaire to check your eligibility (Express Entry Questionnaire).
  • After you have filled out the Questionnaire, you will be given a personal reference code
  • Click on the fill express entry form and answer all the questions there to create your profile.
  • Create your login details and complete your profile registration
  • You will be asked for your reference key, fill it in and continue.
  • Fill out the different section in the profile
  • You will be asked if you have a job employment offer in Canada if you have to fill out the job offer form else click none.
  • Accept all the terms and conditions and then submit them.
  • You will receive a profile number and other messages to confirm that your account was successfully created
  • Now you will have to wait for an invitation from a province in Canada.

What factors go into determining Express Entry points?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is frequently referred to when people allude to Canada’s “Express Entry points.” The CRS score is used by Canada to rank individuals in the Express Entry pool based on a number of characteristics, including:

  • Age;
  • French or English proficiency;
  • Work experience in Canada and abroad;
  • Spouse factors; and
  • Canadian connections

What are the Express Entry requirements?

To apply for Express Entry as a skilled worker, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least one year of continuous full-time (or comparable part-time) work experience in a skilled occupation in the last ten years.
  • Be able to demonstrate a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) seven in either English or French on an approved language test.
  • An Education Credential Assessment evaluates completed post-secondary education against Canadian criteria.


These are the minimum requirements for applying as a skilled worker to Canada’s Express Entry system. Meeting these conditions does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Candidates with stronger profiles will always be chosen over those with weaker profiles.

If you do get in, settle into your new life

If you do get into Canada, then you’d find that setling into a new environment takes some getting used to. But you don’t have to worry yourself to death over that. All you have to do is to get all settled into your new life, and then get to know your new community. Canada is a diverse and welcoming country, so there’s a good chance you’ll find a community that shares your interests and values.

Take some time to explore your new neighborhood and get to know the people who live there. Join local clubs or groups, or get involved in community events. Not only will this help you feel more connected to your community, but it’ll also give you a chance to make some great friends.

I believe that you have all that it’d take to make the cut, so good luck to you!

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