Even as countries across the globe are adopting stringent measures to tackle the COVID-19 crisis, Canada’s immigration system remains upbeat as ever. The immigration system of Canada is considered one of the most efficient and flexible among the major immigration destinations in the world. The same flexibility and efficiency have helped the system to remain operational despite a global health crisis.
However, as part of the preventive measures against COVID-19, Canada has imposed restrictions on unnecessary travel to the country. But despite this, Express Entry draws and Provincial Nominee Program draws continue to take place for immigrants. The applications for Canadian immigration are also processed under various categories. Canada considers the COVID-19 crisis only as a blip in the long-term immigration strategies of the country. The country plans to welcome close to one million immigrants by 2020. This is the major reason why Canada immigration system remains operational, irrespective of a global health crisis. Canada considers immigration as a means to sustain a healthy population growth and boost the growth of the economy.
Permanent residents approved before March 18 who are yet to travel to Canada; temporary foreign workers; and international students with a valid study permit or who had their study permits approved before March 18 have been exempted from the travel ban, which will most likely be in place till June 30, 2020.
Even after introducing travel restrictions in the middle of March, Canada conducted two Express Entry draws that invited close to 4000 candidates in total to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The provinces British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan also conducted Provincial Nominee Program draws.
The flexible system of Canadian immigration is able to adapt quickly to crisis situations and the changing demands of the labour market. The two Express Entry draws conducted after restrictions were introduced, were program-specific. One of these targeted provincial nominees, while the other invited Canadian Experience Class(CEC) candidates. Thus it could be ensured that most of the invited candidates were in Canada at the time of receiving the invitation and had job offers.
The British Columbia PNP draws held recently did not invite semi-skilled workers or workers in sectors such as tourism, hospitality and retail or those workers for whose occupations the province had issued a high number of invitations earlier. In a statement issued recently, British Columbia immigration authorities said: “Notwithstanding the uncertainty in our current economic situation, B.C. faces a demographic reality that over the next 10 years we will continue to need new immigrants to help fill the jobs so B.C.’s economy can continue to grow.
“Now, it is even more important that we do not lose sight of our long-term objectives and the role that immigration plays to support quality economic growth across all regions of B.C.”
Immigration experts expect that Canada would take invite more immigrants after the crisis comes under control, as part of the country’s efforts to accelerate the pace of recovery of the economy.
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