Green Shoots Emerges As Canada Welcomed 11k Permanent Residents in May!

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The world wants to return back to their normal lives doing normal activities amidst the present contagion. Taking a cue, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hinted on the recovery of Canada Immigration by welcoming nearly 11,000 new permanent residents in the month of May, this year. 

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Dramatic rise in immigration levels from April

The current travel restrictions imposed since March 18 has obvious impacts on the immigration landscape of Canada. The month of April saw the lowest number of invitations issued to eligible candidates (4,130 newcomers)) for permanent residence as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs continued its nomination draws. 

Come May, permanent resident admissions rose about 165 per cent compared to April, even though there were only “virtual arrivals”. ‘Virtual’ because of the new arrivals belonged to candidates already in Canada who are transitioning from a temporary status to permanent status. Also, candidates who were approved or permanent residence before March 18 were exempted from the current travel restrictions. 

It also worthy of mentioning the efforts of Officials who were able to maintain the numbers by processing nearly 5,000 virtual arrivals in a week in June. 


Month Year- 2020 Year-2019
January 24,700 18,645
February 28,895 20,250
March 18,595 27,060
April 4,130 26,900
May 10,955 33,015

It is clear from the above table that the year 2020 was all set to become yet another remarkable year in terms of rising skilled immigration levels. But soon followed the unprecedented travel restrictions since March 18 to slow the spread of contagion. Despite the signs of recovery, immigration numbers still remain low compared to pre-travel restrictions. 


Although Canada is increasingly on the verge of missing its target of welcoming 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020, IRCC will strive harder to achieve it. Its intention was made clear by the resumption of All-Program Express Entry draws on July 8. There could also be a possibility of revising the 2021 immigration target to a higher number. Either way, the prospects of Canada Immigration is looking brighter. 

Immigration consultants at CanApprove can suggest you the most suitable immigration programs depending on your work and personal profile. Contact CanApprove to plan your Canada Immigration today!

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