Summary: When Countries like America have suspended their immigrations at the time of the COVID 19 pandemic, Canada’s immigration is largely unaffected and is open, with travel restrictions being imposed. Further, Canada is looking forward to meeting its immigration target of 4,01,000 in 2021 thus a it is expected to be a record breaking year with large number of invites sent out to PR aspirants.
Canada is highly affected by the pandemic; there have been lives that are lost and Jobs that have been severely affected. But the country has bounced back in 2021 with panache, and the Immigrations remain open with travel restrictions despite the scenario. The exemptions were put in place for temporary foreign workers and international students in 2020, and they have continued as well in 2021 to a major extent. Foreign nations who got invited to submit their applications for processing of the Canada PR status have to now wait longer for their Visas because of unprecedented delay. To take the pressure of the documentation process, the IRCC states that the incomplete applications with improper documentation will not be rejected considering the circumstances.
Canada has been conducting both federal and provincial draws, and they are being conducted without any restrictions. However, in 2021 all the draws were program-specific draws in which PNP only and CEC applicants got shortlisted.
a) Ontario Immigration Nominee Program Draw
b) Prince Edward island draw Provincial Nominee Program Draw
Express Entry has been the popular choice for skilled workers to immigrate. As per the 2020 – 22 Immigration level plans, Canada is looking to invite 3,51,000 in 2021.
As per Canada immigration minister Marco Mendicino, Canada remains on track with the target to welcome 401000 new permanent residents by the end of 2021. So far this year, there have already been 1,84,000 applicants who have been shortlisted. To achieve the remaining target additional 2,17,000 newcomers need to be admitted, which means larger draws will be conducted in the future to imbibe as many applicants as possible. On an average, the selection per month should be around 43,400.
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