As per the latest data with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], a total of 15,025 newcomers have been welcomed by Canada in September 2020.
Despite the immigration levels being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to a certain extent, Canada has welcomed around 143,500 immigrants between January and September in 2020.
While the immigration target for 2020 had been set at 341,000, the deficit in terms of the total immigrants that were to be welcomed this year will be adjusted in the recently announced 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.
More than 4 lakh immigrants are to be welcomed annually in the coming years.
|2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan|
|Year||Projected Admissions – Targets|
As per the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, 341,180 permanent residents were admitted in Canada in 2019. During the same period, 74,586 individuals transitioned from temporary to permanent residents.
While the target for 2020 might not have been met due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Canada remains committed to welcoming high levels of immigration going ahead.
|Why immigration is important to Canada?|
The ready acceptance of immigrants by Canada has a crucial role to play in enhancing the global standing that the country enjoys.
Canada has been issuing a high number of Invitations to Apply [ITAs] in the Express Entry draws held recently. 4,500 ITAs have been issued in the latest federal Express Entry Draw #166 held on November 5, 2020.
Launched in 2015, the Express Entry system of Canada manages the pool of applicants for the three main economic immigration programs of the country – the Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP], the Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP], and the Canadian Experience Class [CEC].
Moreover, with nearly 80 different immigration pathways available, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] also has many ‘streams’ or immigration pathways linked with the Express Entry system of the federal government of Canada.
As the immigration system of Canada continues to operate, new candidates can enter the Express Entry pool and submit applications for other Canadian immigration programs as well.
With the World Educational Credential [WES] being operational, an Educational Credential Assessment [ECA] can now be secured. Additionally, standardized language tests accepted by IRCC are also available.
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