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Why is the 401,000 Canadian immigration target for 2021 achievable?

Achieving this goal will be difficult, but after the remarkable Express Entry draw on February 13, we can not rule out the chance.


Why is the 401,000 Canadian immigration target for 2021 achievable?

Achieving this goal will be difficult, but after the remarkable Express Entry draw on February 13, we can not rule out the chance. Canadian immigration……

This year, accepting 401,000 immigrants is a steep mountain to climb for the Canadian government, but it can be done.

The Express Entry draw on Saturday 13 February. Which invited a whopping 27,332 candidates to apply for permanent residency, indicates that the government is planning to climb the mountain.

In the months leading up to the start of the pandemic. With a Detailed Ranking System (CRS) score criteria in the 470 region, Canada invited about 3,500 candidates per Express Entry draw. Canada smashed the Express Entry draw record at the end of 2020 by welcoming 5,000 candidates, a feat it accomplished four times before Christmas.

When it welcomed 27,332 applicants to apply for permanent residency on Saturday. It then topped that record by almost six times. What was also unusual. In addition to the sheer scale of the draw, was the fact that the draw had the lowest CRS requirement ever (75 points), and took place on a Saturday. Draws appear to occur on weekdays while government officials and members of Canada  immigration, such as attorneys, work and can serve their customers. Customers now have only 90 days to apply their application for permanent residency, so each day is precious.

Why did IRCC keep this special Express Entry draw?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) felt the need to include their justification considering the scale of the draw.

IRCC clarified that some 90 percent of the invited Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates resided during the pandemic in Canada, and are thus less likely to face immigration disruptions related to coronavirus than those overseas.

If an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency is obtained by an applicant, they need to take several steps to complete the immigration process, including collecting and submitting documents, obtaining police and health clearances, submitting their biometrics, and traveling to Canada, of course. And those in Canada needed to “flagpole” before the pandemic to complete the process (the act of physically crossing the U.S. border, and then doing a U-turn and re-entering Canada to activate their new permanent resident status).

In a world of social distances, lockdowns, and travel limits, all of this has obviously become more complicated.

Minister Mendicino: CEC applicants “are ready to build their Canadian future”

A main reason this draw makes sense is that a lot of research from IRCC and Statistics Canada immigration shows that those with Canadian experience transition into the labor market very easily. Something that is more important given the tough economic times we are currently facing.

These aspiring Canadians are already rooted here, have valuable skills and are giving back to their communities, as Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. In some of the most important areas of our economy, they are hard at work and are ready to build their future in Canada.

The primary reason IRCC held this huge draw is that they assume that by concentrating on immigration candidates currently in Canada, they can reach their Immigration Levels Plan goal of 401,000 newcomers in 2021. IRCC will process their permanent residence applications by the end of the year by inviting 27,332 candidates in February to ensure that these candidates complete their landing and are counted against the level plan target by the end of the year.

Why the 401,000 target is achievable, Canadian immigration

The Level Plan calls for approximately 60% of immigrants to be accepted in the economic class, approximately 25% in the family class. And approximately 15% in the refugee and humanitarian class. Here is a rundown of how it is possible to do it.

By primarily moving those in Canada now to permanent residence, the economic class goal can be reached. It can also be augmented by accepting professional staff now excluded from the travel restrictions of the coronavirus. Immigrants in the family class are excluded from travel restrictions. And some are currently awaiting IRCC to process their applications in Canada. Each year, just under half of Canada’s refugee intake is filled by asylum claimants who are in the country.

That leaves about 40,000 resettled refugees in the midst of the pandemic who Canada will struggle to welcome to the country. Instead, IRCC could opt to use the resettled refugee deficit to increase its intake of immigrants from the economic and family groups.

How to meet Canada’s immigration admission goals for economic groups in 2021

Canada is planning to accept 108,500 immigrants by Express Entry this year, under the Immigration Levels Programme. In 2021, 37,986 ITAs have already been released (compared with 10,300 at the same time in 2020). This implies that if IRCC can issue another 30,000 or so ITAs over the next two months, they should have a good opportunity by the end of the year to reach their Express Entry goal. This can be done in bi-weekly drawings between now and April by issuing at least 5,000 ITAs. Again, applicants for Express Entry have 90 days to apply their applications for permanent residency. And IRCC intends to process the applications within six months.

IRCC will need to take additional exceptional steps to meet its 401,000 newcomer aim, beyond meeting its Express Entry goals. Canada is required to land 80,800 immigrants this year through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and another 15,500 through other federal programs, such as the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). Quebec is also looking to accept about 30,000 immigrants in the economic class this year.


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To increase their PNP allocations. IRCC should provide the provinces with the green light and invite as many candidates as possible who are currently in Canada via PNP streams that are compatible with Express Entry. Both Ontario and British Columbia have held larger than average draws in recent days. There is also a six month processing standard for permanent residence applications for PNP-aligned Express Entry streams. Which suggests that those who receive invitations are already in a strong position to complete their landing by the end of the year.

However, with the exception of the AIP.  The production of most other programs in the economic class appears to take about six months and. In the case of the PNP and Quebec, about two years. Given the travel constraints, if it is to have a fair shot at achieving its level target for this year. IRCC would have to speed up the processing of non-Express Entry files obtained from candidates currently in Canada.

The IRCC and the provinces could agree to relax their eligibility requirements during the pandemic. If their estimates indicate that the pool of eligible applicants currently in Canada. Is too limited to meet their immigration goals. For instance, instead of requiring, as is usually the case. 12 months of Canadian work experience. IRCC and the provinces could reduce this to six months (as an example). So that more individuals have the opportunity to apply for permanent residence and receive it by 2021.

Achieving the goals for the family and refugee class

This year, Canada plans to accept 103,500 refugees into the family class and another 66,000 for humanitarian and refugee purposes.

The accomplishment of the family class goal is made simpler by the fact. That the travel limits exclude the immediate family. At the same time, as it did at the end of 2020. When it handled up to 6,000 spousal applications per month. IRCC will definitely need to accelerate spousal applications, which make up the bulk of the family class.

Given the travel restrictions. Achieving the refugee and humanitarian objective would be difficult because most of those in this class are resettled from overseas.

The advancement of new economic class routes for those with Canadian job experience. Will be one of the exceptional steps Canada could use. These pathways will have specific selection requirements that complement current federal. And provincial systems and would facilitate the transition to permanent residence of individuals already in Canada, such as asylum claimants. During the pandemic, Canada has already used this unorthodox strategy. Recently introducing economic class initiatives for “guardian angels”-asylum claimants working on the front lines in the war against COVID-19 in Canada.

Canada will still look to candidates who are overseas, Canadian immigration

You should not lose sight of the fact that IRCC and the provinces are still processing immigration applications obtained from abroad, if you are a professional worker currently overseas. And are still inviting new applicants who are outside Canada. This is because, in favor of its economic and social goals. Those candidates have the expertise and other characteristics that Canada seeks.

You can go ahead and submit your immigration application now if you are overseas. So that you can reach Canada as soon as possible. IRCC is also likely to resume invitations without notice to applicants abroad. As it did last year, so you don’t want to skip it by opting to postpone your submission.

The 401,000 target seems overwhelming in the meantime. But in the history of the department, IRCC has overcome several daunting tasks. Know, only a few years ago, in just 100 days, the IRCC welcomed 25,000 Syrian refugees. Likewise, if they put their mind to it, IRCC will accomplish their 401,000 target.

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