Canadian Immigration Help
Professor to Retire
Q. I am 53 years old and a full time Psychology Professor in USA. I am extremely interested in immigrating to Canada. I intend to retire within the next 3 years with a good pension. I wish to be semi-retired and not work full-time. I have no debts and no criminal record. I have a Masters and PhD in USA and I do not speak French. I have a few books published. Do you think I have reasonable chance to successfully immigrate to Canada?
A. Thank you for your question. Aside from family class processing and the protection of legitimate refugee claimants, most of Canada’s immigration focus is upon attracting and settling applicants who will become economically established in Canada. Put another way, those applicants who will make an economic contribution to the tax base are those the program is designed to process. This is evidenced in many ways but perhaps best by the desirable age range of 21-49 years of age wherein an applicant scores 10 out of 10 points if within that age group. If older an applicant is penalized two points for each year outside the range. So although you are entitled to apply be aware that unlike some jurisdictions like Australia for example, there is no retirement visa category. Good luck!