Canada’s immigration levels nearly tripled in May 2020, shows new data from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC). Canada admitted 11000 during this month, compared to 4000 immigrants admitted in April 2020.
The top source countries of Canada immigration during this period were India, China, the Philippines, the US and Nigeria. These increasing figures indicate that amid the effects of coronavirus pandemic, Canadian immigration system as well as the economy is stabilizing.
In the wake of COVID-19 becoming a public health crisis in Canada, the country introduced border restrictions on March 18, 2020. The pandemic had also caused disruptions in the operations of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC), as in the other departments under the Canadian government. Because of these, the immigration levels came down in March and decreased further in April. However, the immigration system of Canada showed signs of a fast recovery in May, as the immigration levels almost tripled in the month.
The increase in the number of newcomers welcomed by Canada indicates that the country could successfully complete the processing of more immigration applications during the month, compared to the previous month. It also shows how more immigrants landed in Canada when the country lifted the travel restrictions for certain groups of immigrants. Canada has exempted those who have received confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) before March 18 from travel restrictions. Provincial Nominee Programs were the leading source of immigration to the country with over 3000 permanent residents arriving in Canada through PNPs. More than 2000 new permanent residents who arrived in Canada in May were the spouses/common law partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. During this period, 1300 immigrants arrived in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Another 2000 newcomers arrived under Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program.
During the period since the travel restrictions were imposed on March 18, Canada issued 35,100 invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence, primarily to CEC and PNP candidates. This was mainly because most of these candidates would be in Canada at the time of receiving invitations and so, they would not be affected by travel restrictions. Canada resumed all-program Express Entry draws this week, which is an indication that the country is planning to welcome more immigrants in 2020 and 2021.
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