WES Report Notes Interest In Canadian Immigration Increased Despite The Pandemic

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World Education Services (WES) released its recent survey report on how the coronavirus pandemic has changed intentions to immigrate. Evidently, most respondents showed interest in immigrating to Canada

WES conducted surveys in April, June, and August 2020 with applicants for a WES academic credential evaluation for immigration purposes. An educational credential assessment (ECA) is to verify your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate is valid against the Canadian standards. 

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The survey reported 3 key findings as summarised below: 

  • interest in immigration to Canada increased between April and August among prospective immigrants; 
  • the number of respondents planning to delay immigration dropped considerably; and
  • prospective immigrants expect economic conditions in their home country to be worse than in Canada.


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Prospective immigrants more interested in moving to Canada: The proportion of respondents who are more interested in immigrating to Canada increased to 46% in August from 38% in April. The amount who reported being less interested remained the same at 6%.

Decrease of jobs in immigrant occupations not a deterrent for more than half: About 42% of respondents said a decrease in the number of jobs in their home country would make them more interested in immigrating to Canada. Such respondents worked in finance, professional, scientific, and technical services.

Fewer respondents consider delaying immigration to Canada: The number of respondents who reported they were unlikely to delay immigration increased from 35% in April to 62% in August and would increase further.

The expectation of recession in Canada not a deterrent for most: Nearly 48% of the respondents said that an economic recession in Canada would have no impact on their immigration plans.

Why Now Is A Good Time To Move To Canada? 

Canada has wide acceptance for offering permanent residence to foreign skilled workers even without working in Canada prior to applying. Aspirants with occupation as Computer Engineers, Software Developers, IT Experts, Electronics, Mechanical, Civil Engineers, Database Analysts, Graphics Designers, Audio & Video Recording Technicians, Finance Managers, Accountants, etc. have an excellent scope of work-life in Canada. 


The Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023 raised hopes among millions of aspirants willing to move to Canada permanently. The annual target has been set to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants in which over 80% would qualify under economic-class & family immigration programs. 


Canada’s popular economic-class programs include Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP). With the Express Entry system, any foreign skilled worker with adequate work experience and no Canadian experience can apply for permanent residence under these programs in quick time. 

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Table: ITAs issued in Express Entry Draws between March 2020 – September 2020. 

CEC- Canadian Experience Class; PNP- Provincial Nominee Program; FSTP- Federal Skills Trades Program


Recently, Canada held its historic nominations draw by issuing a record 5000 invitation to apply for Canada PR in a single draw. 

Contact CanApprove for further updates on Canadian Immigration. 

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