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Where are Canada Immigrants coming from?

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting Canada’s TFW levels but not to the same extent as permanent residents.New Stats states that Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) have been arriving Canada since start of 2020 as per the info provided by IRCC.The data captures new work permits issued to TFWs who were eligible to work in Canada under either the

  1. Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) or
  2. International Mobility Program (IMP).

The TFWP is the smaller of the two programs that admits foreign workers to Canada. It exists to address the immediate labour market needs of Canadian employers who are unable to find Canadian workers to fill a job vacancy. The IMP exists to meet Canada’s broad economic and social needs. The majority of TFWs obtain a work permit under an IMP stream.

Between January and April of 2020, Canada issued just over 33,000 work permits under the TFWP. The top 5 source countries were Mexico, Jamaica, India, Guatemala, and the Philippines. Mexicans accounted for 41 per cent of all these TFWs. Some 66 per cent of the 33,000 work permits were issued to agricultural workers.

Over 76,000 work permits were issued under the IMP, with 27,000 (36 per cent) going to Indian nationals. Rounding out the top 5 source countries are France, China, the U.S., and the U.K.. Brazil and South Korea ranked closely behind.Overall, total work permits issued under the IMP are down 16 per cent compared with the first four months of 2019.

IRCC continues to stress they are processing new work permit applications submitted by TFWs and employers. TFWs currently outside of Canada will be able to enter the country as long as they are travelling to Canada for non-optional reasons.


Canada Visa Application Centres now open:

VAC(Visa Application Centres)s are becoming more accessible to those looking to come to Canada as permanent residents, foreign workers, students, and visitors and have been re-opening to provide services to those looking to come to Canada though they have been closed as part of global measures during the pandemic.

Individuals provide their fingerprints, photos, and pay a fee as part of the biometrics collection process. Canada obtains biometrics to make it easier and safer to travel into the country.

The list of open VACs is constantly being updated on IRCC’s website so the following list may not contain every VAC that is currently opened:

Australia -Melbourne & Sydney

Austria -Vienna

Bahrain -Manama

Barbados -Bridgetown



Fiji -Suva

France -Paris

Germany -Berlin & Düsseldorf

Ghana -Accra

Greece -Athens

Iraq -Erbil

Israel -Tel Aviv

Italy -Rome

Japan -Osaka & Tokyo

Malaysia -Kuala Lumpur

New Zealand -Auckland

Romania -Bucharest

Serbia -Belgrade

Spain -Madrid

Sri Lanka -Colombo

Thailand -Bangkok

The Netherlands -The Hague

Trinidad and Tobago -Port of Spain

United Arab Emirates -Abu Dhabi & Dubai

IRCC has also indicated they are considering additional reforms to help individuals complete the biometrics process more easily during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Express Entry’s tie-break rule:

Every Express Entry draw has seen the tie-break rule implemented since Canada's travel restrictions were put in place due to Pandemic Coronavirus from Mid-March 2020.

The tie-break rule is used to rank candidates who have the same CRS Score. The candidates are ranked by the date and time their Express Entry profiles were added into the pool which means it prioritizes profiles that have been in the Express Entry pool for longer.

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