While the world around is clamoring about CoronaVirus, Canada recently announced that it will be welcoming more than one million immigrants to Canada over the course of the next three years. Not letting a hindrance stand in the way of their immigration plans, the IRCC continues to issue ITA’s through the Express Entry and Provincial Nominee programs. The 22,600 ITA’s issued in the first quarter of 2020 stand testimony to the importance of immigration to Canada.  


Though strict travel restrictions are in place, the provinces continue to hold PNP draws. British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan held draws towards the end of the first quarter.  Alberta issued 887 invitations to candidates with a profile in Express Entry, in the draws held so far this year. As per the estimation, by 2022, Permanent Residents in Canada will account for 1% of their total population.


The 22,600 ITA’s is most for a first quarter since 2017. The 2020 target for Canada’s high-skilled immigration admission is 85,800. Also, in the first quarter of 2020, Canada held its largest Express Entry draw ever on February 19, inviting 4,500 principal applicants to apply for permanent residence.


While, the required CRS points in the recent draws has been hovering around 465 and above, it has never been more difficult to predict when the next draw will take place, the CRS scores and the programs the draw will be aimed at. Although Canada planned to admit about 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020, the immigration policies for the remainder of 2020 very clearly depends on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and how fast it is controlled.  


All said and done, the immigration policies of Canada in the past have emphasized that the country recognizes the importance of immigration and the immense value it carries. Stressing on the fact that Canada considers immigration central to its economy, Mr. Marco Mendinico, Federal Immigration Minister recently told National Observer that Canadians stand to benefit from the immigration plan as it drives economic growth. He also stated that immigration contributes to diversity and will help employers access the talent they need.

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