Canada admitted nearly 114,000 new permanent residents in Q1 of 2022
So far this year, January has seen 35,415 new permanent residents, February 37,335, and March another 40,785. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been improving its operations by streamlining processes. This has allowed IRCC to double the number of final decisions compared to the same time period in 2021. In addition, IRCC has been modernizing and increasing its services for people who want to become Canadians. This includes offering online testing, virtual citizenship ceremonies, and an online application tracker. Through these efforts, Canada has welcomed 113,535 new permanent residents in the first quarter of 2022.
A big contributor to the immigration levels of this year (compared to the same period in 2021) has been the one-time, temporary to permanent resident (TR to PR) pathway which was closed on November 5th, 2021.
In 2021, IRCC made over half a million decisions and welcomed over 405,000 new permanent residents. It was the first time in its history that Canada welcomed that many immigrants in a single year. Also, in 2019, IRCC finalized almost 560,000 study permit applications. The same year, nearly 169,000 applicants made the transition from worker status to permanent residence in Canada.
It is true that these are very interesting numbers and that the government is doing its best to keep things moving. However, it doesn’t change the fact that there are nearly 2 million immigration applications waiting to be processed by IRCC.
Canada to Welcome 431,645 Permanent Residents this year
Canada is targeting high levels of newcomers to support its population, labour force, and economic growth. In 2022, Canada will welcome 431,645 new immigrants in the following categories:
- Economic: 241,850
- Family: 105,000
- Refugees and Protected Persons: 76,545
- Humanitarian and Other: 8,250
Some highlights of the new plan are a long-term focus on economic growth, with 56% of admissions from the Economic Class. Moreover, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will be the main admissions program for economic class immigrants with IRCC looking to land 83,500 newcomers via the PNP in 2022. You can read more about this here:
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