Prepared by Veronica Laurent, Abhilash Varghese; Edited by Peter Seeder on December 31, 2020

Talking about further economic development of Canada which has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the role played by foreign students and new immigrants would be the most crucial.

Travel across the world has been affected by the pandemic, and Canada is no exception. In March 2020, travel restrictions were introduced in Canada in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has continued to process permanent residence applications. There were also regular Express Entry draws amid the pandemic. It is because Canada wants to continue to recruit skilled individuals to move to the Great White North as they plan for an accelerated economic recovery.

Furthermore, these travel limitations are exempt for international students as well as newcomers. New students are now eligible to apply for and receive a study permit. Canada agrees that international students are essential to its future workforce. The safe reopening of Canada borders to new immigrants and international students will greatly benefit Canadians – both employers and small businesses. This will also help meet labour requirements as Canada aims to boost their economy which was hit because of the pandemic.

Most of the labour shortages involve professions requiring at least a university level training or an apprenticeship, as stated by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Newcomers will have access to short-term programmes that will allow them to integrate quickly into the labour market by updating their skills and abilities.

There are many opportunities for people with qualified work experience when immigrating to Canada. Canada aims to accommodate more than 400,000 new permanent residents every year, according to the most recent plan on immigration levels in 2021–2023, out of which 60% are reserved for skilled workers’ migration.

Express Entry is a system used by the federal government of Canada to manage applications for Canada’s three main economic-class programs:

Candidates eligible for any of these 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 the regular Express Entry draws. The Government of Canada has a processing standard of six months for permanent residence applications filed through the Express Entry system.

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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