The pandemic has hit the whole world. There is no single person who has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have lost their lives, others have been grateful for the gift of life. This pandemic has affected each and every year of the area. Be it the economies of the country, be the business situations, be the social environment nothing has remained untouched.
This effect has also affected the immigration in Canada and other countries. Due to complete closure of the flights and communication among different countries, the applications were also restricted to a lower number. The aspirants were also confused what to do not to do?
Whether they should invest in the immigration process now or not. As there are a number of fees involved in the process, the application fees, the immigration consultant fees and documentation fees, visa fees. All these require a good amount of investment. The applicant will only pay these fees if there is a hope for them. Otherwise, it is just a waste of hard earned money. So, it is better to apply when Canada immigration opens up completely.
Well, recently Canada has relaxed the rules for immigration and they have also opened direct flights. This has again gained the faith again and they have started reapplying. This is again a boost for the country and also the aspirants who dream of living and working in Canada.
Canada is one of the beautiful countries and has always been a great option for those who want to earn well, work well, and live a quality life with a better healthcare system and higher educational system. Living in Canada ensures a better standard of living with a clean environment.
There is a little point of concern that the number of participation and number of aspirants has been declining.
Recently, Canada has held five Express Entry draws in a row to target a good number of candidates from the PNP class. The new express entry draw date was held on November 10. During this draw Canada invited 775 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. All of the invited candidates had already received nominations through a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
As per the immigration system the provincial nominees on their own get a 600-point award, so the cut off score came to be 685. It means without any nomination, the lowest-score would have had only 85 points. This is one of the utterly lowest scores till now. It is the second lowest since the lowest was in March 2021. It is evident that this is a clear effect of the pandemic on the immigration system of the country.
Currently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are drawing only PNP candidates from the Express Entry pool. As per the previous draw, IRCC invited a good number of 888 candidates with a cut off of 744.
Why is Canada only drawing on the PNP applicants?
It has been evident since the pandemic, IRCC has only been focusing on offering the immigrants who are already settled in the country. As during the pandemic situation the Canadian government sealed the borders, so, it is easy to verify and access the people who are staying in the country. Also, the entries have been closed for the people who were initially approved for permanent residence from but they are outside Canada.
As per the current restrictions there is no approval on the permanent residents from making their arrival persisted during the time period between March 2020 and June 2021. In this time period, the IRCC worked on the Express Entry draws that invited the PNP and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates. In the year 2020, the special all-program draws were conducted. It included Foreign Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates and Foreign Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates.
For the last five Express Entry draws, IRCC has particularly invited the PNP candidates to apply under the programmes of permanent residence. If the IRCC would not have taken keen interest in these candidates, it would have been a problem for the provinces and territories. They would not have been able to meet the immigration goals, which generally were completed on time. This will hereafter affect the economic and population growth strategies of the country adversely. It will affect the economic growth of the country, they will not be able to meet the goals.
In the previous summer months, IRCC worked up the CEC draws, inviting the big-breaking numbers of 6,000 at one time that helped to meet the immigration department. It revised their plans to admit around 141,000 CEC candidates in 2021. The invitations were issued to them after July and it would be processed before the end of the year. The new express entry draw date has still to be shared by the authorities. The aspirants are waiting eagerly for it.