Express Entry Visa Canada is a famous pathway for immigration to Canada. In January 2015, the Canadian government introduced Express Entry System to allow immigrant immigrants to settle and work in Canada. Canada processes thousands of applications every year under this program.
Today this program is the primary driver of economic immigration in Canada. According to Canada’s new immigration Levels Plan for 2021 – 2023, Canada will offer permanent residence to more applicants through Express Entry System.
Canada selects eligible candidates capable of contributing to the growth of the economy via the Express Entry system. IRCC assesses applications based on several human capital factors like education, work experience, language proficiency, etc.
The eligible candidates get an invitation to apply for Canadian PR in the regular Express Entry draws. However, this program offers a faster way for people who wish to settle in Canada. The government processes application within months for this program.
Express Entry Draws in December
Canada is planning to offer more immigrations in December. Canada’s immigration system is all set to have a busy end in the last month of 2020.
IRCC is planning to keep holding Express Entry draws through the holiday season. However, in previous years, Canada held at least draws during December. The government is also planning to continue the Provincial Nominee Program. Previously Canada held PNP draws leading up to Christmas day, which is a national holiday in Canada.
Additionally, there are some more news coming up on the mandate letter for Canada’s ministers. The government will soon make announcements about the Parents and Grandparents Program and additional immigration program for international students and temporary foreign workers living in Canada.
Here are five key immigration stories that you need to follow for the rest of this year.
1. New Mandate Letter for Minister Marco Mendicino
It is expected that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue a new mandate letter to his ministers before Christmas. However, these mandate letters will outline the policies and objectives that every minister will have to work for. The Canadian government has made these letters public for the Canadians to hold the government to account.
The letter to the immigration minister of Canada will give more details about the government’s agenda regarding immigration. This new letter to Marco Mendicino will guide the minister and IRCC, including provinces and territories and Canada stakeholders, to take the immigration system back on track after the coronavirus pandemic.
The new policies will prioritize the implementation of the 2021 – 2023 immigration Levels Plan. However, it will also discuss new initiatives like Municipal Nominee Program and eliminate Canadian citizenship fees.
The Canadian government is planning to conduct two more Express Entry draws in December. However, Canada has just thrown off its pattern to conduct draws every two weeks, as the most recent draw happened after only seven days after the previous draw. The draw took place on November 25, and 5,000 immigration candidates were invited to this draw. However, the CRS score requirement was at 469 for the recent draw.
Following this pattern, it is expected that the government will hold another draw by December 16. However, in previous years, the usual gap between draws was almost four weeks. There were four weeks of the gap between the last draw of 2019 and the New Year’s first draw.
Overall, 2020 was a banner year for Express Entry despite the COVID-19 crisis. The government has already invited nearly 92,350 immigrants in 2020, which is the highest level ever. Canada will end the year by achieving a milestone of 100,000 invitations to apply for the very first time.
According to the news and announcements, the Canadian government plans to conduct PNP draws throughout the holiday season. However, it is not uncommon to see PNP draws happening up until days before December 25.
However, British Columbia is also planning to continue weekly draws and invite candidates under Tech Pilot.
Ontario is also going to hold a new draw next month. Ontario is a famous destination for new immigrants. However, there are at least 386 nominations left from their annual allocation. Additionally, the province is receiving 250 nominations for temporary foreign workers in intermediate skilled occupations.
Moreover, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia will also hold more draws in December.
IRCC opened the PGP for sponsorships in October and closed the program in early November. However, the government will hold more PGP draws by December. It is also expected that the government will receive applications from sponsors drawn from the lottery in January and February 2021.
The IRCC planned to invite up to 10,000 sponsors to sponsor their parents and grandparents for Canadian immigration in 2020. IRCC is planning to increase the number by 30,000 sponsors for the next year.
5. Canada Offering More PR Pathways to TRs
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Mendicino said that Canada is looking to open more temporary residents to get permanent residence status in Canada. These ways will help to compensate for the decline in new immigrants that occurred due to the pandemic. However, it will also be helpful for Canada’s populations and economic growth.
There are various ways the federal government can offer more pathways to temporary residents and international students for becoming permanent residents.
Some of the options that IRCC can employ for allowing more TRs to get Canadian PR.
Option 1: Changing the CRS
The CRS score system awards points to candidates applying for Express Entry Visa Canada. However, candidates will get a score for both foreign and Canadian work experience. The government may reduce the CRS points to make immigration easier for temporary residents.
More CRS points increase the chances of applicants to get an invitation.
Option 2: Holding More Canadian Experience Class-specific Draws
Another possibility is that the federal government of Canada will hold more Express Entry Draws. However, these draws are only for Canadian Experience Class candidates. IRCC has already implemented this strategy.
The Express Entry Visa Canada draws are only for CEC candidates. However, the PNP prioritizes immigration candidates who are already living in the country in light of troubles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Option 3: Modifying Eligibility Criteria for the CEC
Another possible way is that the federal government will make it easier for the candidates to get eligible for CEC. In order to do so, the government can reduce the requirements for candidates to have a minimum experience of 12 months of professional work experience.
Nearly two million people lost their jobs in the past April. Similarly, people who are living and working in Canada on a temporary work permit may also have lost their jobs. COVID-19 has affected the whole world, and Canada is no different.
Canada can reduce the work experience eligibility requirements for CEC candidates. However, the government can reduce the requirement from 12 months to six or nine months. It will also help people who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Option 4: Increasing PNP Allocations for Provinces
It is also possible that Canada will increase PNP allocation for every province. IRCC can say to the provinces to increase allocations for nominating temporary residents who are already living and working in any province.
Option 5: Launching New Federal Pilot Programs
The federal government can launch new pilot programs for supporting Canada’s labor market needs. However, these pilots can run up to five years and allow up to 2,750 principal applicants every year.
Well, this option won’t be enough for providing additional immigration spots to the hundreds of thousands of people who are currently living in Canada as temporary residents. IRCC will need to plan more pathways to temporary residents contributing to the Canadian economy.