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Canada Immigration Plan for 2021-23

Canada Immigration numbers looked promising when the Canada immigration news in October 2020 highlighted the immigration plans for 2021-23. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada aimed to welcome the arrival of 401,000 immigrants in 2021, 411,000 immigrants in 2022 & 421,000 immigrants in 2023.

Every year, Canadian government announces the immigration levels plan. The government then uses these newly laid immigration levels plans to conduct its operations and describe the number of new applicants for permanent residents they intend to accept in the next 2-3 years. The following categories under which Canada will accept the immigrants are: Economic class, Family Class, Refugee Class and on Humanitarian & compassionate grounds. The highlights of the multi-year immigration levels plan for 2021-23 include:

  • A focus on economic growth, with about sixty percent of admissions to come from the Economic Class.

  • An increase in admissions over the next three years of the plan to make up the shortfall in 2020.

  • A continued focus on innovative and community-driven approaches to address diverse labor and demographic needs across the country.

  • Additional points for French-speaking candidates under express entry, to promote the growth of Francophone communities outside of Quebec.

  • A renewed commitment to capacity-building and digital transformation in Canada’s immigration system, to support operations and mitigate the impacts of pandemic on the processing of applications.

  • A pathway to permanent residency for eligible asylum claimants who were working on the front lines of the pandemic between 13th March to 14th August 2020, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions.

  • A commitment to welcome up to five hundred refugees over the next two years through an innovative approach (the Economic Mobility Pathways Project) that helps qualified refugees to apply for permanent residency through existing economic immigration pathways.

This multi-year levels plan throws light on Canada’s global commitment to protecting those most at risk through refugee resettlement. The international graduates and skilled newcomers arrived in Canada under these plans will help create jobs and drive long-term growth in the country.

Canada immigration latest news has been laying emphasis on how the current pandemic situation has recognized the contribution of immigrants in all sectors of Canada’s economy and the well-being of their local communities. The country’s health-care system depends on many skilled immigrant workers who keep local citizens safe and healthy. There are other local sectors such as I.T. companies, manufacturers and farmers, who depend upon the talent of many skilled foreign workers to maintain and expand their businesses and also in creating more jobs for Canadian citizens.

In another recent Canada immigration news, IRCC has announced new gateways to permanent residency for up to 90,000 international graduates and essential workers. However, these will be beneficial to those immigrants who are already in Canada and are actively contributing to the country’s economy, like international students who have completed a post-secondary program in Canada within the last four years and workers who have minimum one year of Canadian work experience in health-care profession or pre-approved essential occupation such as cashier & shelf-stockers in supermarkets, electrical and construction field workers, drivers for heavy and passenger vehicles, etc.

According to yet another Canada immigration news, from 6th May 2021, the immigration agency has been looking at accepting forty thousand applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution; thirty thousand applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations and twenty thousand applications for temporary workers in health care, for new permanent residents. These 3 streams will close on 5th November 2021, or until they have reached their limit.

Due to the global travel restrictions, the Immigration Department will continue to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on the current immigration Plans for 2021-2023. It has also been trying to bring in innovative methods like virtual landings for in-Canada applicants and has been successful in implementing such new ways to grant permanent resident status to applicants. The Government will continue to focus on welcoming high skilled people who can contribute towards building a stronger country, and will also ensure that Canada meets its family reunification and international and humanitarian obligations.

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