Published on : January 16, 2021
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, 15,000 newcomers arrived in Canada in November 2020.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data revealed that 15,300 new permanent residents arrived in the country in November 2020. Almost the same number of immigrants had come in September and October.
Usually, Canada has been welcoming about 25,000 to 35,000 immigrants every month. But the pandemic had restricted this figure due to travel restrictions since March 2020.
Nevertheless, Canada welcomed about 174,000 new immigrants in the first 11 months of 2020. Comparatively, Canada had taken in about 341,000 immigrants in the year 2019.
Yes, June 2020 has proved to be a sturdy month for Canadian immigration. Just about 19,000 new permanent residents were invited to settle down in the country.
Despite the pandemic, Canada remains committed to high levels of immigration. The country aims to welcome over 401,000 immigrants each year until 2023. Sixty percent of these are expected to arrive through the Express Entry economic class pathway.
A couple of Express Entry draws were held last week. The third one is expected to be held next week. Additionally, PNP draws were held in 2021 for British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and other provinces.
Canada, in the meanwhile, continues to invite new skilled worker candidates. Applications are also being processed under the family class category. The temporary resident streams like international students and work permit holders see the light of the day.
Travel exemptions continue to exist. IRCC is busy announcing new policies to encourage immigrants during these trying times. Work permit extensions to some foreign nationals in Canada was also announced last week.
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