Interested in Immigrating to Canada from Iran?
Iranian-Canadians also known as Persian-Canadians come to Canada to better their future, create a better life for their family, for job opportunities or higher education. As of 2016, a litte over 166,000 Iranians reside in Canadian areas such as the Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal areas. The main Iranian communities can be found in South Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.
Most Iranians come to Canada with a goal to stay there permanently. Many Iranians have chosen to move to Canada in search of security and better quality of life. Permanent Residency for Iranian foreign nationals can be thought of as ‘tentative Citizenship” because of a few differences between permanent residency and citizenship in Canada. As a Permanent Resident, you cannot vote, and permanent residents may still be deported if they commit a serious crime. Two of the major ways to obtain permanent residency in Canada are through employment and family sponsorship.
Applying for Express Entry or PNPs
Express Entry is by far the most popular and typically the fastest program to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency through. The Express Entry program calculates a score for each applicant depending on a collection of categories. However, if your CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) is low, you can plan to apply in any of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for Canada. When applying for a PNP, a Canadian province or territory must nominate an applicant.
If you are curious to know about your CRS Score, check out our crs score calculator!
Useful Resources for Iranians in Canada
Iran TV Network – ITN is a Canadian exempt Category B Persian language specialty channel that is wholly owned by Ethnic Channels Group with its name and programming used under license from the American-based TV channel Iran TV Network.
Shahrvand – Shahrvand is the largest Persian language newspaper in North America, which serves the Iranian and Afghan communities across North America.
Tirgan Festival – The Tirgan Festival is a four-day celebration of Iranian arts and culture held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Festival celebrates Iranian arts and culture through an array of artistic and literary disciplines including music, dance, cinema, theatre, history, literature and visual arts.