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Immigration Update

Canada to Welcome 1.2 Million Immigrants in Next Three Years

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced new immigration levels for the next three years, resulting in 1.2 million immigrants being selected and accepted by Canada between 2021 to 2023. This revised government plan is intended to offset the reduced intake of immigrants during the 2020 pandemic year. Canada will continue to accept immigrants at a rate of about 1% of the population of Canada, including 401,000 permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022 and 421,000 in 2023. The previous plan set targets of 351,000 in 2021 and 361,000 in 2022.

This revised plan will focus on economic growth, with about 60% of admissions to come from the Economic Classes. Canada has also renewed a commitment to admit up to 500 refugees over the next 2 years through the Economic Mobility Pathways Project, an innovative approach that helps qualified refugees apply for permanent residence through existing economic immigration pathways and will also provide a pathway to permanent residency for eligible asylum claimants who were working on the front lines of the pandemic between March 13 and August 14, 2020, providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions.

Express Entry Update

On November 5th, 2020, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a new round of invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system.

Today’s draw invited candidates who qualify under all Express Entry categories, including the Canadian Experience Class, Provincial Nominees, Federal Skilled Trades, and the Federal Skilled Worker Class. A total of 4,500 candidates were invited to apply in today’s draw. The minimum score selected was 478, up 7 points from the October 14th, 2020 draw in which the cut off score was 471.

This is the first draw conducted since IRCC introduced changes to the Express Entry scoring system to award additional points to French-Speaking candidates. This adjustment to the scoring system is likely why we are seeing an increase in the minimum cut off score selected this week. This is also the third time Canada has issued 4,500 invitations at a time, the largest number of invitations issued in one draw.