Welcoming 401,000 immigrants this year is a steep mountain for the Canadian government to climb, but it can do it.
On Saturday, February 13, the Express Entry Draw invited a staggering 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residency, showing the government preparing to climb the mountain.
In the leading months In the beginning International spread, Canada is inviting about 3,500 candidates for the Express Entry Draw Comprehensive Rating System (CRS) Score required in 470 region. By the end of 2020, Canada was broken Express entry Draw record by Invites 5,000 candidates, A record four times as long as Christmas.
That was almost six times higher when 27,332 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residency on Saturday. Aside from the sheer size of the draw, what was unusual was that the draw had a very low CRS requirement (75 points), which occurred on a Saturday. Draws occur on weekdays when immigration representatives such as government officials and attorneys work and are able to serve clients. Customers currently have only 90 days to submit their permanent residency application, so each day is precious.
Why the IRCC held this extraordinary express entry draw
With the size of the draw, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) I felt the need to provide their rationality.
IRCC explained 90 percent of which Canadian Experience Class (CEC) The invited candidates lived in Canada during the epidemics, and therefore, they are less likely than foreigners to face immigration barriers related to the corona virus.
Once a candidate has received one Call to Apply (IDA) For permanent residency, they must take a number of steps to complete the immigration process, including collecting and submitting documents, obtaining police and health permits, submitting their biometrics, and of course going to Canada. Prior to the outbreak, even those in Canada needed a “flagpole” to complete the process (the act of physically crossing the U.S. border, then making a U-turn and re-entering Canada to activate their new permanent residence).
In a world full of social exclusion, locking and travel restrictions, all of this has become much more difficult.
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One key reason this balance makes sense is that numerous IRCC and statistical research in Canada show that Canadian experienced people are rapidly integrating into the labor market, which is especially important in the difficult economic times we are currently facing.
As noted by Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino CIC News, “These interested Canadians are already established here, have valuable skills and are giving back to their communities. They work hard in some of the most essential parts of our economy and are ready to build their future in Canada. ”
The main reason the IRCC is running this massive draw is because they believe they can achieve on their own Immigration Levels Plan It currently targets 401,000 newcomers by 2021, focusing on immigrant candidates in Canada. By inviting 27,332 candidates in February, these candidates will be able to process their permanent residency applications by the end of the IRCC year to ensure they complete their landing and the positions will be calculated towards the project goal.
Why the 401,000 target is achieved
The Levels Plan states that about 60 percent of immigrants should be welcomed under the economic program, about 25 percent through the family class, and about 15 percent under the refugee and humanitarian class.
Here is a summary of how it can be done.
The economic class goal can be achieved by converting those in Canada into permanent residents now. This could also be in addition to welcoming skilled workers currently exempt from the Corona virus travel restrictions. Family class immigrants are exempt from travel restrictions, and some are currently waiting for the IRCC to process their applications in Canada. Less than half of Canada’s refugee intake each year is filled by asylum seekers in the country. It leaves about 40,000 resettled refugees who may be struggling to welcome Canada amid epidemics. The IRCC may choose to exploit the shortage of resettled refugees to increase the intake of economic and family class newcomers.
How to Achieve Canada’s Economy Class Admission Goals by 2021
Under the Immigration Levels Program, Canada aims to welcome 108,500 immigrants through express entry this year. It has already issued 37,986 IDAs in 2021 (compared to 10,300 simultaneously in 2020). This means that if the IRCC is able to issue another 30,000 or more IDAs within the next two months, they should have a strong chance of reaching the express entry target by the end of the year. This can be achieved by offering at least 5,000 IDAs in two-week tracks from now until April. Again, Express entry candidates have 90 days to submit their permanent residency applications and the IRCC aims to process applications within six months.
Beyond its express entry target, the IRCC must pursue additional exceptional measures to meet its 401,000 newcomer target. Levels program invites 80,800 immigrants to land in Canada Provincial Recruitment Scheme (BNP) Through other federal programs such as this year and 15,500 Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). Quebec expects to welcome about 30,000 economy class immigrants this year.
IRCC provinces can provide the green light to increase their PNP allocation and invite as many candidates as possible who are currently in Canada through the BNP streams connected to the express entrance. Nowadays, both Ontario and British Columbia have bigger tracks than usual. The BNP-aligned Express Entrance streams also have a six-month processing standard for permanent residency applications, which means that callers are now well on their way to completing their landing by the end of the year.
However, with the exception of AIP, Processing for other economy class projects More than six months is two years in the case of BNP and Quebec. In terms of travel restrictions, the IRCC should expedite the processing of non-express entry files currently received from candidates in Canada and have a realistic scenario for achieving its goal for this year.
If their predictions that the pool of qualified candidates currently in Canada is too small to achieve their immigration goals, the IRCC and the provinces may agree to relax their eligibility criteria during epidemics. For example, instead of requiring 12 months of Canadian work experience, the IRCC and the provinces may reduce this to six months (for example) so that more people are likely to apply for permanent residency in 2021.
Achieving family and refugee class goals
Canada aims to welcome 103,500 immigrants by family class This year and another 66,000 for refugee and humanitarian purposes.
Achieving a family class goal is easier because the immediate family is exempt from travel restrictions. At the same time, the IRCC will have to accelerate the use of spousal applications, which make up the majority of the family class, as it did when processing 6,000 spousal applications per month by the end of 2020.
Achieving the refugee and humanitarian goal will be difficult in the light of travel restrictions as most of those under this class are resettled from abroad.
One of the exceptional measures that Canada can use is to create new economic class avenues for those with work experience in Canada. These routes will have unique selection criteria that complement existing federal and provincial plans, and will enable individuals such as asylum seekers already in Canada to move to permanent residence. Canada has already used this unusual approach during epidemics, and has recently launched economic class programs for “guardian angels” – asylum seekers at the forefront of Canada’s fight against COVID-19.
Canada will still look for candidates abroad
If you are currently a skilled worker abroad, you should not miss the fact that the IRCC and the provinces are still processing immigration applications received from abroad and are inviting new candidates from outside Canada. This is because such candidates have the capabilities and other characteristics that Canada seeks in support of its economic and social objectives.
If you are overseas, you must now go and submit your immigration application so you can enter Canada soon. Invitations for overseas candidates are likely to resume without warning as the IRCC did last year, so you do not want to miss out by deciding to delay your application.
Meanwhile, the 401,000 target appears to be a threat, but the IRCC has overcome many difficult tasks throughout the department’s history. Note that a few years ago, the IRCC welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees in 100 days. Similarly, IRCC can reach their 401,000 target if they keep that in mind.
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