Every year thousands of people move to Canada from different countries through Express Entry Visa Canada. However, the numbers have dropped to a great extent this year. Due to COVID-19, Canada’s immigration numbers have dropped.
Canada’s new permanent resident intake is still suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to recent data provided by IRCC, Canada welcomed 15,025 new immigrants in September 2020.
However, this number is low as compared to 35,000 immigrants who came to Canada in September 2019.
Overall, Canada has welcomed around 143,500 immigration from January to September. It means it is on pace to fall short of 200,000 immigrants by the end of 2020. During the first nine months of 2019, Canada welcomes around 264,000 immigrants, and the total number of immigrants was 341,000 last year.
Canada announced to close its border for many international travelers in March of this year. However, before this announcement, Minister Marco Mendicino stated that the country would target 341,000 new immigrants in 2020 via Express Entry Visa Canada.
Canada Won’t Be Able to Achieve the Target
Canada will be unable to achieve this target for three significant reasons. Firstly, the global pandemic has also disturbed the immigration system. Social distancing measures have affected everything, and candidates can’t complete the official language tests like CELPIP or IELTS. Candidates are unable to submit biometrics to obtain visas from the Canadian government authorities.
Secondly, thousands of confirmed COPR holders who are exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions remained stuck abroad. It is mainly because their COPRs have during this pandemic.
Thirdly, Canada has imposed COVID-19 travel restrictions due to which individuals who obtained their COPR after 18th March are unable to Canada unless they will fall under an exemption.
Simultaneously, the pandemic is temporary, and two weeks ago, Canada confirmed that it would remain committed to welcome high levels of immigration moving forward.
Mendicino announced in late October, Canada will surely increase its immigration targets. This increase in targets is to compensate for the fall in immigration that happened this year.
According to its new 2021 – 2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will be welcoming over 400,000 immigrants every year. However, it will be the highest level in Canadian history.
Express Entry Draws
To make it happen and achieve these targets, IRCC has been hosting Express Entry frequently draws on a bi-weekly basis. These draws are happening throughout the pandemic. The two most recent draws have welcomed over 4,500 candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Express Entry is the flagship system of Canada to manage skilled worked applications. However, the second significant way to welcome skilled workers is through the Provincial Nominee Program.
PNP draws happening on a regular basis throughout the pandemic, and earlier this week, Ontario also held a draw.
Overall, provinces of Canada issues nearly 3,000 provincial nominations during October. Still, Canada is set to fall short of 200,000 new permanent residents this year for the first time since 1999.
Nevertheless, the immigration system of Canada continues to operate, and new candidates can apply for Express Entry Visa Canada. Candidates are able to enter the Express Entry pool and submit their application via the likes of the PNP and other economic class programs. This is due to language tests like CELPIP and IELTS being available. However, educational credential assessment (ECA) organizations are also operational. Individuals who obtained COPRs will enter Canada once travel restrictions change or be lifted.