The COVID 19 pandemic has had a striking and remarkable impact on immigration overseas in many places including Canada.
Canada always welcomed newcomers around the world and will continue to keep the balance of the newcomers under the economic class through Express Entry programs, the Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec’s programs, Saskatchewan and federal streams.
Canada is going to welcome a million new permanent residents in the coming three years.
Canada has been trying to gradually increase immigration levels. Since the past years, Canada has welcomed 320,000 newcomers in the year 2018, 341,000 immigrants in the last year, and their scope to welcome 390,000 immigrants by 2022. Canada is clear that the pandemic crisis is not going to stop the immigration plans even though if they have any travel restrictions.
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Canada is also planning to invite 91,800 newcomers through Express Entry.
Canada Express Entry:
Express Entry is a system that allows people to apply for the Canadian permanent residence through certain immigration programs and it is used by the Canadian government.
Express Entry has a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is used to rank the selected and interested applicants for immigration. Every two weeks, Express Entry draws are held, inviting newcomers and selective candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
There are many Express Entry programs like:
1) Federal Skilled Worker Program; 2) Prince Edward Island PNP Express Entry Stream; and 3) Ontario Immigrant PNP
These are the top three PR programs in Canada.
Express Entry during COVID 19:
Canada has restarted all the express entry programs despite Covid-19. As there is a rapid spread of COVID across the world Canada started the travel restriction to prevent the spread of the virus. Express Entry draws have been limited than previous times to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates.in fact, COVID 19 has increased the interest rate in people’s minds. in a recent survey out of 4615, 38% of people stated that they are interested in immigrating to Canada and 57% of people stated that the pandemic cannot interfere in their plan to migrate Canada.
Also in this pandemic Canadian government stated that Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) remains committed to serving the needs of international students and other temporary and permanent residents.
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The Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino believes and stated that –
“Immigration is about people coming together to build a stronger country, which is what we’ve seen throughout our history, throughout this pandemic and, I’m confident, what we will see in the future”.
Fate and the journey of the express entry in Canada will depend on the end of the pandemic. However, the Canadian government promised that it won’t put a brake to invite newcomers across the world.
If you want to apply for the PR visa to Canada