Canada Immigration Levels Nearly Tripled Recently
Following two straight months of falling immigration levels, Canada’s permanent resident intake increased significantly in May 2020.Canada welcomed 11,000 immigrants compared with just 4,000 in April. The top 5 source countries of these immigrants were India, China, the Philippines, the US, and Nigeria.
This new data by IRCC strongly indicates that the country’s immigration system is beginning to normalize amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a given month, some 25,000-35,000 individuals officially become permanent residents of Canada. Unsurprisingly, Canada’s immigration levels fell in March and then plummeted further the following month. However, immigration levels almost tripled in May compared with April.
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was the leading source of new permanent residents with 3,000 arrivals in May. Over 2,000 of the new permanent residents in May were spouses and partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They are also exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions. IRCC’s data also shows that 1,300 immigrants gained permanent residence as skilled workers, primarily through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). Another 2,000 gained permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. Express Entry and PNP draws have occurred frequently since March.
IRCC has issued 35,100 invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence, primarily to CEC and PNP candidates. Moreover, the return to all-program Express Entry draws suggests that IRCC is preparing to welcome even more immigrants from overseas towards the end of 2020 and early 2021.
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