Canada Recorded Its Strongest Month for New Permanent Resident Arrivals, Notes IRCC

Canada welcomed over 35,000 new immigrants in June

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) analyzed the immigration trends in the month of June 2021 and found over 35,000 new entries in the country.

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The data is encouraging to note because it is the first time since the ongoing pandemic that over 25,000 new permanent residents have landed in Canada in a month. 

The Immigration Minister in a recent news daily opinion published on Globe and Mail says, “We are going to make good on our commitment to land 401,000 new permanent residents.” IRCC seems confident of achieving the annual target by welcoming an average of 43,000 newcomers per month from now on between July and December. 

Prior to the pandemic, Canada had set the annual immigration target for the next three years at 341,000 newcomers. With the ongoing pandemic and its unintended consequences on the economy and society, Canada has decided to increase its immigration levels target to 401,000 annually. 

The preliminary figures from IRCC show Canada welcomed 35,700 immigrants last month. 

Canada Opening Up its Borders To International Travellers

Canada is committing to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated tourists from August 9. Earlier in the first phase of travel relaxations, Canada allowed fully vaccinated travellers to skip mandatory quarantine on entry. 

Altogether Canada has welcomed some 143,000 new permanent residents through the first six months of 2021 which remains well short of the pace it needs to welcome 401,000 newcomers by the end of this year.

Currently, Canada is favouring a domestic pool of temporary workers and international graduates to nominate for permanent residency. IRCC has already nominated over 90,000 eligible domestic candidates to apply for permanent residency through PNP-specific or CEC-specific Express Entry draws. Additionally, IRCC informed that it processed nearly 45,100 permanent residence applications in June which were the highest ever. 

IRCC is also seeking to correspond with thousands of expired Confirmation Of Permanent Residency (CoPR) holders to arrange their landing in Canada. This is a time-consuming process as IRCC needs to individually contact each COPR holder to ensure they have all the necessary documents to complete the immigration process.

However, opening up the borders makes it more likely for Canada to achieve the all-time high immigration levels. The overseas arrivals will only contribute to the increasing in-Canada applicants for Canada PR. 

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