Every year a number of aspirants apply to immigrate to Canada. Canada has been a popular destination for young students as well as the young professionals. This is because Canada holds some of the best international universities in the world. Also, the students are welcomed here with open hearts.
There are a number of courses offered by the Canadian universities and they are taught through universally accepted languages including English and French. These languages are spoken and accepted worldwide, unlike the European countries where most of the courses are taught in their native languages. Asian people may find it a little difficult to relate and understand it.
Also, Canada has always had a special place for professionals, they invite young experts and professionals to the country through Express Entry System and share Permanent Residency with them. They value their expertise and reward them for it. This is one of the most popular, legitimate and prestigious ways of moving to Canada.
But the situation has changed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There have been certain restrictions to travel across the world, that is why it is not possible to welcome a good number of immigrants to the country. Similarly, the aspirants from all over the world have been waiting for things to settle down and then they can make a move to Canada. A similar situation is going to continue in the year 2022, as the pandemic is still not subsetting and we all are worried about it.
The pandemic is causing Canada to regularly update its travel restrictions. The pandemic situation has also created a greater application backlogs, and there is a visible big shift in Canada’s policies to prioritize applicants within Canada first. Even in the pandemic situations, the Canadian government has remained committed to its three-fold immigration policy objectives that are dedicated to strengthening the economy, reuniting families, and assisting those with a humanitarian need.
Also, the Immigration levels targets have been increased during the pandemic and application processing continues. Well, it is quite clear that COVID will remain the main issue influencing Canadian immigration as the pandemic is still continuing in the third year. The policies and implementation will change according to the situations.
Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024 and 2023-2025
Canada in probable situation will share two immigration levels plan announcements in 2022. The plans will also outline Canada’s targets for new permanent resident arrivals and what programs the new immigrants will arrive under. As per the ongoing plan, Canada is looking to welcome 411,000 new immigrants in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023, however these figures may get changed when the federal government shares their new levels plans.
The first is expected to come by February 10 when minister Fraser is set to table Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024. Normally, this is announced each autumn, but it has been delayed due to the September 2021 Canadian election. Also, the second announcement will be a similar one and barring the very unlikely scenario Canada holds another election, will occur by November 1st.
There is the possibility that there would be an increase in the number of immigrants due to factors including growing labour shortages in Canada, application backlogs, and the federal government’s commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees. Minister Fraser has said the government is open to higher levels assuming that Canadian employers and communities are agreeing to the idea.
The Express Entry was launched in 2015 and since then the coming year has been counted as a major step ahead about the Express Entry developments.
Express Entry draws only invited Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates in 2021. This is exceptional since the Federal Skilled Worker Program, candidates were the main source of Express Entry immigrants before the pandemic but have been excluded altogether from Express Entry invitations over the last year.
It currently comprises almost 85 percent of candidates in the Express Entry pool. IRCC’s rationale has been that inviting more CEC candidates will better allow it to achieve its goal of landing 401,000 new immigrants in 2021 since CEC candidates are overwhelmingly based in Canada.
If they are making this choice then most probably they will not face COVID-related disruptions during the permanent residence landing process. As per the program FSWP candidates tend to be located abroad, IRCC has excluded them from invitations due to the COVID restrictions. IRCC’s rationale to continue to invite PNP candidates has been to help provinces address their labour market goals through immigration.
It is still unclear when the IRCC will resume the invitations to the FSWP candidates, as for now there are no plans. There is no notification about the same. It is expected to happen once the pandemic subsides.