2020 was a year full of the coronavirus pandemic. The whole world suffered from this pandemic as well as the Canadian immigration system, faced a great setback. Canada was expecting to invite more number of immigrants in 2020 than in 2019, but the pandemic disturbed this goal.
In 2019, Canada welcomed 341,000 new immigrants. However, Canada was set to welcome new immigrants’ high levels at the start of the year 2020. Moreover, Canada’s immigration system was completely upset when COVID-19 emerged as a global disaster in March 2020.
Canada imposed travel restrictions on March 18th, and it limited the number of foreign nationals who can currently enter the country. Still, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Express Entry System, and various other immigration forms remained functional.
The nature of the coronavirus crisis is basically fluid. This is why it is difficult to tell what we can expect from Canada’s immigration system in 2021. However, some certainties will be beneficial for both Canada and the future of the newcomers in 2021.
The immigration system of Canada will not return to its normal state until the pandemic is over. However, the end of this pandemic seems to be near due to the emergence and approval of several COVID-19 vaccines.
Moreover, Canada started its largest vaccination campaign in history in December. The government of Canada has a goal to vaccinate all those who want COVID-19 immunization by September 2021. Providing vaccination to Canadian residents will be a major component to return the country and its immigration system to the normal routine.
Moreover, another component ensures that the global population and foreign nationals that are traveling to Canada free from the virus.
Canada imposed its travel restrictions throughout 2020. However, the travel restrictions helped Canada stop the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Canada also implemented a 14-days quarantine law to get a negative COVID-19 test before traveling into Canada.
However, it is important to know that the crisis has not influenced Canada’s deep commitment to welcoming immigrants, international students, and temporary foreign workers. Yet, Canada has doubled down its immigration plans and commitment due to the crisis caused by the virus.
According to the new 2021-2023 immigration levels plan, Canada has planned to welcome more than 400,000 new immigrants. Canada is all set to welcome more than 400,000 immigrants every year, and it is one of the highest levels in its history.
Canada’s Immigration Targets
However, it is difficult to visualize that Canada will attain its target in 2021 while the pandemic continues. Moreover, the higher targets enable Canada’s federal and provincial governments to hold its draws and process immigration applications.
The major reason behind this is that Canada cannot welcome a larger number of immigrants physically in 2021. It can help them get the necessary approvals so they can move to Canada at a later date.
Well, the emergence of vaccines can be helpful for the country to explore some major changes to its travel restrictions. Canada can now welcome newcomers who have received the vaccine and also provide a negative COVID-19 test. However, newcomers will need to provide these before entering the country.
Moreover, the uplifting of restrictions on traveling to Canada will help the economic growth of Canada. It can be helpful for the country to get the boost that it needs. The motivation behind the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan is that a clear increase in Canada’s newcomer intake is necessary to support Canada’s Post-COVID economic recovery.
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