Canada Immigration News, June 14, 2020 – A huge drop in landed immigrants

There is no doubt COVID-19 has had a significant impact on immigration to Canada. On the one hand, the number of landed immigrants has dropped significantly. On the other hand, the federal and provincial governments are trying to invite more people to immigrate. Of course, the latter focuses mostly on people who are already working or studying in Canada. This Canada Immigration News discusses some good and bad news from the world of immigration to Canada.

Immigration News: Invitation to Apply for 3,559 Express Entry candidates

The federal government invited 3,559 Express Entry candidates to apply on June 11, 2020. The minimum CRS score dropped to 437.  Unfortunately, this round considered Canadian Experience Class (CEC) applicants only.  If you are following the news, you know the government has not invited FSWC or FSTC applicants for the past few months. Of course, this could be because the majority of outside Canada visa offices hardly process any applications due to COVID-19.

Immigration News: British Columbia is on steroids of invitations!

If you are following BC PNP, you are probably aware that June has been great for BC PNP candidates. Here is the list of invitations BC has issued in the past couple of weeks:

  • June 9, 2020: A total of 87 invitations for Skilled Immigrants (International Graduate) and Express Entry BC (Skilled Worker and International Graduate)
  • June 2, 2020: A total of 241 invitations for Skilled Immigrants (Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled) and Express Entry BC (Skilled Worker and International Graduate)
  • The same day (i.e. June 2, 2020): A total of 29 invitations for Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category and another nine invitations for Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

Wow! A total of 366 invitations in eight days! BC PNP is on steroids of invitations, isn’t it!?

Immigration News: A significant drop in the number of landed immigrants

According to IRCC, the number of landed immigrants dropped to 4,140 people in April*. Of course, this could be because of several reasons, for example:

  • Many visa offices do not process immigration applications due to COVID-19.
  • Due to the temporary closure of many Visa Application Centres, it is impossible to do biometrics. Therefore, some applications are on hold as the applicant cannot give biometrics.
  • Travel restrictions have prevented people from travelling to Canada and complete landing.

This figure is an 84% drop compared to the average landed immigrants between 2015 and 2019. Of course, the following chart shows you a better picture of this drop.

Canada Landed Immigrants in April over the Years

Nonetheless, you must not get disappointed. The drop in landed immigrants is not because of the policies of the government. The real cause is the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Release date: June 14, 2020

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    Al Parsai

    Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) in Toronto, Canada. He also teaches the official immigration consulting courses at Ashton College in Vancouver, Canada. Al who holds a Masters degree from Yorkville University is a member of ICCRC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented hundreds of applicants from more than 30 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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