Updated: July 10th, 2019

Canada Nurtures Immigrant Success

Canada is one of the most exciting places in the world for young people to immigrate to begin their great adventure called life. Many success stories have started here. Perhaps the best known name of those who immigrated to Canada before making their mark on the global stage is Elon Musk. Pretty much everyone nowadays recognises his name, but fewer actually know his story.

Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, by the time Elon was 12 he’d taught himself computer programmingand created his first original video game “Blaster” that he sold to PC and Office Technology for around $500!At age 17 Musk moved to Canada to study at Queen’s University, Kingston.
Musk co-founded a software company, Zip2, which he sold just four years later to Compaq for $307 million ($22m to Musk). Taking half that he created X.com, an e-mail payment company that merged a year later with Confinity, a firm that had a small money transfer service they called PayPal.
Still just 31, Musk received $165m of the $1.5 billion eBay paid for PayPal in 2002.

“I like video games,” Musk once admitted, “That’s what got me into software engineering when I was a kid … nothing like saving the world”. And it seems he’s still at it. On earth, Musk is the visionary CEO of groundbreaking electric carmaker Tesla, whose subsidiary SolarCity is the US 2nd largest solar solar power supplier.

But his greatest passion is the stars. Fascinated by interstellar travel from childhood, Musk founded SpaceX, now the world’s largest private rocket engine producer, with contracts from NASA to replace the Space Shuttle. Musk’s stated goal with SpaceX is to create “a true spacefaring civilization”.

It’s now easier than ever to apply for a Canadian Visa. Thousands are moving to Canada due to the relatively minimal requirements and easy process of applying. However, just like everything new, it’s the early adopters who benefit the most. Elon Musk wouldn’t be who he is without Canada’s open arms policy of welcoming diverse immigration from South Africa. There simply is no better time for immigrants to apply for Canadian Citizenship.


What is the pool?
To be included in the pool you must qualify for one of the specific immigration programs listed under Express Entry. You must also score a minimum of 67 points on your immigration profile. Points are awarded for educational and professional qualifications, work experience, age, language ability, and more. The Canadian government selects the most suitable candidates from the pool and issues them with an official invitation (known as ITA) to become Canadian residents.
How many points do I need to get selected?
The Express Entry system uses what it called the Comprehensive Ranking System, a formula that takes into account your education, skills and experience, those of your husband/wife or partner, and whether you have a specific job offer. These factors go to build up your score out of a possible maximum of 1200. As mentioned, the higher the points you score, the greater the possibility to be selected from the pool.
How long does it take to move to Canada?
The idea of starting a new life in Canada is very exciting. But please be prepared that getting selected for an immigration program takes time. This is why the Express Entry program is extremely popular - the Canadian government aims to select candidates within 6 months. Time may significantly vary between immigration programs; the individual process of each program, government policies, the complexity of your case, and more, may affect the time it would take you to move to Canada.
Are there any goverment fees?
Like many other countries worldwide the Canadian government charges fees for the processing of immigration entries. Depending on the specific program you entered, the size and age of your family, and more – you may need a few hundred to several thousand Canadian dollars. Please note that all government fees are non-refundable. This is one of many reasons you should prepare well for your immigration process, gain as much knowledge as you can, and if possible, seek help from professionals in this field.

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