Canada landed an overwhelming 47,434 new immigrants in November as per the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data. A successful “landing in Canada” means that the foreign national in Canada has now obtained Canada permanent residency visa.
Getting a Canada permanent residency visa is not limited to individuals already physically staying in Canada on temporary visas. It is equally applicable for eligible immigration aspirants without Canadian experience yet good work experience in any skilled occupation. However, the pandemic forced IRCC to favour more temporary residents in Canada for permanent residency.
During the month of November 2021, the vast majority of those who have “landed” during the pandemic are existing temporary residents of Canada. However, the case was different before the pandemic, as most new permanent resident landings came to Canada directly from abroad.
The country is currently pursuing its most ambitious Immigration Levels Plan in its history. It plans to welcome 401,000 immigrants in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and an additional 421,000 in 2023.
Canada has now welcomed more than 361,000 immigrants between January and November 2021.
New Mandate Letter Hints At Increased Permanent Residency Intakes
Unlike the prosperous, small developed countries like Singapore, UAE where tiered-visa systems limit the growth of foreign immigrants to temporary workers, Canada offers great scope for permanent residency.
In fact, Canada remains to be the only G7 country to offer a direct permanent residence pathway to eligible skilled foreign workers. Interested individuals must come good in human capital factors like work experience, language proficiency, age, and education qualification.
In an interview, last month, the new Canadian immigration minister, Sean Fraser, opened up on the opportunities and challenges in his new role in politics.
The minister is confident and prepared to increase Canada’s immigration levels if it is necessary to address labor shortages. The country is experiencing significant job shortages in large part due to fewer immigrants arriving from overseas amid the pandemic.
Fraser sought support from local businesses and communities to increase the immigration levels. He is “very much open to” even higher levels to accommodate more foreign migrants in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also released his new mandate letter to list out the priorities for Canadian immigration in the upcoming year. It includes:
- Creating more permanent residence pathways via Express Entry for international students and temporary foreign workers.
- Reducing application processing times, including addressing delays that have been impacted by COVID-19.
- Implementing a program to provide temporary residence to spouses and children abroad while they await the processing of their permanent residence applications.
- Introducing electronic applications for family reunification and much more.
We shall cover more about it in detail in the next edition of Canada immigration updates.
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Until then, it is important to remember that Canada is dependent on the immigration of economic-class candidates to overcome dual demographic shocks.
Its flagship system to manage applications for federal immigration programs is Express Entry. The Provincial Nominee Programs are also offering reliable permanent residence pathways for foreign migrants. Choose from 120+ Economic-class pathways to immigrate to Canada.
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