Immigration Canada Open Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Is Canada open while the world battles to contain the spread of Coronavirus?

Immigration Canada Remains Open Amidst World’s Coronavirus Battle

Yes! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) was quick to adapt and pivot its immigration system. During these unprecedented times, Immigration Canada remains open. It continues to process applications, although service disruptions, travel restrictions and processing times may be affected.

Immigration is important to Canada. Since Canada’s response to COVID-19 was put in place mid-March, draws and the issuance of invitations to apply continued at both the federal and provincial level.

Here are the latest EXPRESS ENTRY draws so far:

Immigration Canada Remains Open Amidst World’s Coronavirus Battle#146 – April 30, 2020
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,311
Minimum CRS score: 452

#145 – April 29, 2020
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program
Number of Invitations Issued: 589
Minimum CRS score: 692

#144 – April 16, 2020
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,782
Minimum CRS score: 455

#143 – April 15, 2020
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program
Number of Invitations Issued: 118
Minimum CRS score: 808

#142 – April 9, 2020
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,294
Minimum CRS score: 464

#141 – April 9, 2020
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program
Number of Invitations Issued: 606
Minimum CRS score: 698

#140 – March 23, 2020
Program Specified: Canadian Experience Class
Number of Invitations Issued: 3,232
Minimum CRS score: 467

#139 – March 18, 2020
Program Specified: Provincial Nominee Program
Number of Invitations Issued: 668
Minimum CRS score: 720

Canada’s Immigration Targets

On March 12, 2020, IRCC released the details of the Canadian Government’s Immigration Levels Plan for the years 2020-2022. Canada is set to welcome 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020, 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.

However, with the travel restrictions and service disruptions due to COVID-19, Ottawa may not be able to reach its target of 341,000 new permanent residents by the end of 2020.

Moving forward

We can expect that Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program draws will be targeted towards candidates who will be able to contribute immediately to the labour market, fill labour shortages and help in Canada’s recovery economy. As a result, those who are in the Express Entry and provincial nominee program pools will be at an advantage.

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