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Annual Report sheds light on Canada immigration trends

Annual Report sheds light on Canada immigration

The Annual Report on Canada Immigration 2020, released along with Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan, sheds light on how Canada is planning to achieve its ambitious immigration targets. As per the new Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, the country will be admitting more than 400,000 immigrants per year. Here are a few highlights from the Annual Report:
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More than 341000 candidates obtained Canada PR in 2019

In 2019, Canada admitted more than one million immigrants including study and work permit holders. Of them, more than 341,000 newcomers were permanent residents. The number of permanent residents coming to the country in the next three years will be even higher as Canada has higher immigration targets as per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023.

Priority to economic class immigration

The Annual Report says that almost 200,000 new immigrants were admitted to the country in 2019 under the economic class. Among them, close to 90000 arrived through Express Entry. Majority of the Express Entry immigrants landed in Ontario(71 per cent), British Columbia(17 per cent) and Alberta(8 per cent). In provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, majority of the immigrants came through Provincial Nominee Programs.

Tackling backlogs of applications for family class immigration

The report also pointed out the efforts made by Canada to tackle the family reunification backlogs. Of the 90000 immigrants who came to Canada under the family class immigration, almost all the 90000 came under the spouses, partners and children category. The standard processing time of family class applications is 12 months. As per the report, Canada had a backlog of 77000 applications under spouses, partners and children category in 2015. Applications under the children category took 21 months to be processed. Now it has come down to 13 months.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the speed of application processing. However, in the late-September, IRCC announced that it would expedite the processing of around 6000 spousal applications till the end of 2020.
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