Prepared by Peter Seeder, Vinay Krishnan; Edited by Christopher Samuel on September 19, 2020

Canada has Admitted 13,645 Immigrants

Canada continues to process immigration applications despite the pandemic granting new permanent residence invitations to qualified applicants. The flagship framework for handling economic class immigration applications in Canada is called Express Entry. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued more Express Entry invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence on a year-over-year basis.

Candidates eligible for any of the 3 federal skilled migration programs are given a CRS score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and/or French.

The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who receive express entry scores below CRS cut-offs can apply for provincial nomination programs, which is the best option to increase their scores. The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs in regular invitation rounds.

Candidates who succeed in receiving the nomination from a province, accrues an additional 600 CRS points. This will effectively guarantee them an Invitation to Apply from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada., based on the current CRS draw trend. This applies to any successful candidate under any of the enhances nominations under various provinces’ Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Below is the list of the top 15 immigrant source countries in July 2020 (PR numbers in brackets):

  • India (3,195)
  • China (870)
  • Philippines (865)
  • Pakistan (640)
  • Nigeria (555)
  • Morocco (515)
  • Iran (405)
  • United States of America (405)
  • Algeria (335)
  • France (290)
  • Syria (245)
  • Egypt (225)
  • United Kingdom (225)
  • Cameroon (220)
  • South Korea (205)

On 2 September, the latest Express Entry draw conducted by IRCC issued up to 69,950 ITAs, compared to 56,200 at the same stage in 2019.

In June 2020, the national unemployment rate dropped to 12.3 percent compared to 13.7 percent in May. The national unemployment rate further declined to 10.9 percent in July.

Since the pandemic, IRCC has been consistently reasserting that high immigration rates would be necessary for sustaining a stable and prosperous Canadian economy.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to finding a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.






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