The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began another day with a positive note to invite more foreign immigrants to Canada and support its economy.
In an official release on April 14, Canada introduced 6 new pathways for permanent residence which would favor international student graduates and essential workers in Canada. Further, candidates with proficiency in French are at an exclusive advantage with new immigration pathways.
Additionally, IRCC also held a program-specific Express Entry draw inviting eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Three of the new programs will pave the way for 90,000 new immigrants to get permanent residency status this year. The other three streams are reserved for French-speaking immigrants and will have no intake cap.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said in the media release, “These new policies will help those with a temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play a key role in our economic recovery and help us build back better,”
As of May 6, IRCC will begin accepting applications under the following three streams:
- 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
- 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
- 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian educational institution
The streams will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit. The government gave out a clear message to aspirants willing to immigrate, “Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.”
Express Entry Draw#182 – Candidates with Provincial Nominations Invited
Soon after announcing the launch of six new immigration pathways for permanent residency, IRCC held a new Express Entry draw this April 14.
IRCC ended up inviting 266 immigration candidates who already had a provincial nomination and were registered in the federal pool.
All PNP candidates are eligible for one other Express Entry-managed program including Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class. These candidates have demonstrated to a province or territory that they have the connections and experience to succeed in the labor market that nominated them.
Invited candidates in the April 14 draw required to have a score of 753 points.
The mandatory minimum qualifying score for PNP-specific draws may seem higher than other Express Entry draws. However, these candidates may automatically get 600 points just for receiving the provincial nomination, effectively requiring them to score only 153 points.
The criteria for scoring is based on a unique Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and it significantly includes candidates’ age, education qualification, work experience, language proficiency in English or French.
IRCC has also included a provision of having a tie-break rule in the event of selecting between candidates having the same CRS points. April 14 PNP-specific Express Entry draws required candidates who had the minimum score of 753 points and had submitted their Express Entry profile before March 01, 2021, at 15:22:18 UTC.
“It has been a record-breaking first quarter for the Express Entry system,” said David Cohen, Senior Attorney of Campbell Cohen. “If all goes well for the rest of the year, Canada might just meet its ambitious immigration targets for 2021.”
Canada’s Economic Recovery Depends More On Immigration
Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has been seeking higher immigration of foreign workers. It is majorly targeting young and skilled foreign individuals along with their families to offset Canada’s economic and social losses due to aging demography and low birth rate.
Staying on course with its new Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, Canada looks to meet its target of inviting 108,000 new permanent residents in 2021 through Express Entry alone. Another 80,800 new immigrants are expected to be invited to Canada through various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
Data compiled by IRCC shows Canada has welcomed nearly 50,000 new permanent residents through the first two months of 2021. This is enough to prove Canada’s dependence on immigration for its economic recovery.
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