You are interested in immigrating to Canada and you have decided that you would like to try immigrating to British Columbia. Your options will depend on many things, including: your current finances, your marital status, whether or not you have children and how old they are, your willingness to live in a small community compared to a larger city like Vancouver, your education, your work experience, and your skills.
You will have a much easier time immigrating to British Columbia if you are not picky about where you settle in British Columbia. Personally, I love Vancouver Island and there are many beautiful smaller cities that are perfect for starting or growing your family in Canada. Northern British Columbia has excellent options for people with the right skill sets. For some of your options you can check the Government of British Columbia's immigration website here: http://www.welcomebc.ca/Immigrate/Immigrate.aspx.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has created an assessment tool to help you determine whether or not you are eligible to work, study, visit, travel through or live permanently in Canada. You can find the assessment tool here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/getting-started.asp. You can try this as a first step in the process, but it is a good idea to speak with a lawyer or immigration consultant about your options regardless of the results. The application process can be very long, expensive, and complicated at times. There are many ways that your application for permanent residence can be delayed or rejected and it may take more than one try.
My experience is that people who are determined and willing to move anywhere in the country in order to obtain permanent resident status in Canada are successful. One of the more uncommon options available to some people is an application on humanitarian and compassionate grounds better known as an H & C application. If you think that you may qualify for an H & C application, then I would definitely recommend getting professional help with the application in order to maximize your chance of success.
One important thing to remember, once you obtain your permanent resident status you will need to do certain things in order to keep it. If you do not spend enough time in Canada, then you could lose your permanent resident status. Contact me to find out how you can ensure that you will be able to renew your permanent resident status without any problems.
Matthew J. Van Den Hooven
Matthew is a lawyer based in Nanaimo, B.C. Please note that the accuracy of the information in this blog is not guaranteed and that the law does change. It is not a replacement for independent legal advice. Contact Matthew to arrange for an appointment today.