The United States, Australia and Canada have established various immigration programs, each of which has its own eligibility requirements. The professionals at Immigration Solutions can evaluate which of several popular immigration programs you and your family may be best-suited to apply for and also help you through each stage of the application process to immigrate to the USA, Australia or Canada.
Below, is an overview of various immigration options that may be available to you. More detailed information about the different immigration programs can be found on our webpages for the USA, Australia and Canada.
United States Immigration Programs
The United States of America is the world’s #1 immigration destination, with around one-million people from every region of the Earth approved to immigrate to the USA each year. Out of an overall US population of around 326 million people, approximately 45 million are immigrants (20% of the world’s entire immigrant population, according to the United Nations). The USA has a long, proud tradition of welcoming immigrants who left their home countries in search of the “American Dream” in this amazing land of opportunity and the resulting diversity is a key reason the United States is known as “The Great Melting Pot.” In fact, this idea of many people from different backgrounds blending together as one united people was so important to America’s “Founding Fathers” that the Latin phrase E pluribus unum (“From the many, one”) was chosen as the official Motto of the USA, as seen on the Great Seal of the United States and on US currency.
US Diversity Visa Program - Today, the American Government continues to desire a diverse democracy and this is why the US Congress established the Diversity Visa (DV) Program by passing the Immigration Act of 1990. The goal of the Diversity Visa Program is to further diversify the US population by making available a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to the United States for up to 50,000 foreign nationals from different regions of the globe each year. Since fairness is an important American value, the US Congress decided to use a lottery system to randomly select which of the approximately 10 million applicants to the DV Program would be among around 100,000 winners chosen annually to have the opportunity to apply for the 50,000 Diversity Visas authorized to be issued each year. That is why this US immigration program is known as the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program (also referred to as the Green Card Lottery). In order to participate in the Green Card Lottery, a foreign national must be born in an eligible country and meet the education or work experience criteria, as well as submit the application and photo(s) according to the strict requirements. Foreign nationals who are randomly selected as winners of the Green Card Lottery, successfully pass the Consular Interview that follows and are issued a Diversity Visa are authorized to move to America as US permanent residents and receive a Green Card. One of the many benefits Green Card holders enjoy is the option to apply for US citizenship after living in the United States at least five years and meeting other criteria. If you would like to immigrate to the United States and want to find out if you qualify to participate in the US Diversity Visa Lottery Program, click here!
Employment-Based US Immigration - The United States has the world’s #1 largest economy, which boasts a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over $19 trillion per year. This massive economy created over two-million new jobs in the USA during 2017; however, with a low unemployment rate of only 3.8% (May 2018), an estimated 6.6 million US job vacancies remain unfilled because there are not enough qualified workers available. There is a strong demand for workers to fill a variety of US job openings in every sector of the economy. Thus, the United States has established several employment-based (EB) US immigration programs in order to attract foreign workers with the skills and other assets needed to fill thousands of high-demand jobs in the USA. Examples include: individuals with “extraordinary abilities” in business, the arts and sciences, education, or athletics; multinational managers and other executives; outstanding researchers and professors; other professionals with the required university degrees or other post-secondary training; certain “special immigrants” (such as qualifying international broadcasters or religious workers); and foreign investors who make substantial investments in business enterprises located in the United States which create jobs in the USA. Approximately 140,000 foreign nationals and their eligible family members are approved each year for an employment-based US immigration program and permitted to move to America and receive a Green Card as permanent residents of the United States. After living in the USA with a Green Card for five years and meeting other criteria, there is also an option to apply for US citizenship. If you and your family would like to live and work in the USA for an unlimited period of time and want to find out if you qualify for an employment-based US immigration program, click here!
Australian Immigration Programs
Australia is one of the top destinations for skilled foreign workers from all over the world due to its strong economy, high standard of living, spectacular scenery and immigrant-friendly attitude, among other reasons. Australia holds the record for over over 26 consecutive years of economic growth without experiencing a recession, making Australia one of the most prosperous countries on Earth. Several of the most livable cities in the world are located in Australia, including Melbourne (ranked #1 for the past several years), Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Approximately 200,000 people from around the globe are issued a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Australia annually through various Australian immigration programs. Sustained immigration to Australia has made the “Land Down Under” one of the most multicultural countries on Earth, in which 26% of its 24.7 million residents were born overseas.
One of the most popular Australian immigration programs is the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program which offers a permanent resident (PR) Visa to Australia to eligible skilled foreign workers whose occupations are in high demand in Australia and who meet all of the requirements established by the Australian government. Two of the main subclasses for the GSM program are the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa to Australia and the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa to Australia. If you are approved for Australian immigration, you and your family can live and work in Australia as permanent residents for an unlimited period of time and receive many great benefits, such as free basic healthcare. After living in Australia at least four years as a permanent resident and meeting other criteria, you will also have the option to apply for Australian citizenship. To learn if you are likely to meet the criteria to apply for immigration to Australia through the GSM Program, click here!
Canadian Immigration Programs
Canada continues to be one of the most popular places on the planet for people seeking opportunities for a better life. This is not surprising since Canada is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, has some of the “most livable cities” in the world (e.g., Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary), boasts a highly-rated education system, offers excellent healthcare and enjoys an expanding economy. Although Canada is the second largest country on the map and rich in natural resources (such as oil, natural gas, timber and precious metals), it only has a population of 36 million people and lacks enough human resources to meet the demands of Canadian companies for experienced employees possessing the necessary education and job skills.
In order to keep its economy growing at a healthy pace and for other important reasons, Canada’s government has created several Canadian immigration programs, each of which has its own eligibility requirements. Some of the key Canadian immigration programs include the:
- Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Provincial Nominees Program (PNP)
- Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers Program (QSWP)
- Family Sponsorship Program
- Caregiver Program
Through these various Canadian immigration programs, approximately 300,000 foreign nationals are approved for a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada every year. People who are granted a PR Visa to Canada are allowed to live long-term in this scenic country, may work legally or start their own business, receive free basic healthcare, attend educational programs, and apply for Canadian citizenship after living in Canada at least three years as permanent residents and meeting other criteria. Those who have been issued a PR Visa to Canada may also be able to sponsor eligible family members for Canadian permanent residency. There are additional Canadian immigration programs which offer skilled foreign workers a Temporary Work Visa and/or Work Permit which authorizes them to live and work in the country for a certain limited amount of time, but may give them the option to apply for a PR Visa to Canada later, after they meet certain criteria. To find out which Canadian immigration program you may qualify to apply for, click here!