Canada has invited a record number of applicants to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system this summer.
It appears that the pandemic has not prevented the number of invitations sent to would-be immigrants. A total of 28,450 Express Entry applicants received invitations to apply (ITA) in the third quarter of 2020. This represents more ITAs than any previous quarter since the application management system launched in January 2015. This also represents the number of ITAs issued. year at an all-time high of 78,350. Even in the second quarter of 2020, during the first wave of coronavirus, Canada still issued 27,300 ATIs, which has not been seen for a quarter since the fourth quarter of 2018.
Applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, who had been completely excluded in the second quarter, were finally included in the Express Entry draw on July 8. Since September 2, IRCC has regularly held draws for all programs, which make no distinction by program type.
The month of August saw a total of four different types of Express Entry draws held. Following another draw for all programs on August 5, Canada also hosted a federal skilled trades draw on August 6, inviting immigrant applicants with experience in a trade to apply for residency. permed. Then, on August 19 and 20, Canada returned to its second-quarter habit of holding Express Entry draws that were exclusive to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class applicants.
Although the largest Express Entry draws still takes place in the February 19 invitation round, where 4,500 applicants were invited, the last three draws in September regularly called out 4,200 primary applicants.
It takes an average of six to eight months to process applications through the Express Entry system, so the number of people who obtain permanent residency through these draws will not be seen until 2021. The number of residents permanent admissions to Canada in July fell 63% from July 2019, due to coronavirus restrictions and service disruptions. Immigration data on the number of permanent residents admitted in August and September has yet to be released.
Canada PNP’s Quarterly report
Provincial Nominee Programs are some of the alternative routes to Canada PR Visa. Express Entry applicants who do not have high CRS scores above 470 may earn a 600 point increase with a provincial nomination. Or, prospective immigrants who are not part of the Express Entry pool may be able to go through a basic PNP if they have ties to a certain province.
In the third quarter, the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island all had PNP draws.
The Province of British Columbia Nominee Program (BC PNP) holds rounds of invitations every week, inviting skilled workers from the tech industry through the Tech Pilot program. They also invite other candidates with job offers in the province, depending on the needs of the labor market.
Since July, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has run four rounds of invitation, inviting applicants from its Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand streams.
The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) held six invitation rounds during the past quarter. Immigrants were invited from the Manitoba Skilled Worker category, the Skilled Worker Overseas category, and the International Education stream.
The province most popular with Canadian immigrants, Ontario, held three draws, inviting approximately 2,000 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Applicants have been invited through the Ontario’s Entrepreneur stream and Human Capital Priorities Stream, which is aligned with Express Entry.
The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP) held a prize draw on labor market priorities on September 24. A total of 47 invitations were sent to Express Entry candidates with main occupations listed as body repairers and automotive service technicians.
Finally, the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) organized six rounds of invitations to invite applicants in its Business Impact, Labor Impact, and Express Entry categories.
Quebec’s Immigration report
Quebec held its biggest round of invitations since August 2019, inviting 365 immigration candidates to apply for a Quebec selection certificate on September 24.
People were invited if they had submitted an expression of interest through the Arrima portal, which manages immigration applications under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program.
There are three categories of candidates invited by the Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI), and one of them is completely new. Quebec invited Arrima candidates who did not meet the invitation criteria but who, in the minister’s opinion, would be able to contribute to the prosperity of the province. These guests did not necessarily need to have a job offer in the province.
There was, however, another category of applicants who needed a validated Quebec-based job offer to receive an invitation.
The last category included people who remained in Quebec as diplomats, consular agents, representatives of the United Nations, or of any intergovernmental organization that carried out operations in the province. The drawing of lots could also have included people who are part of the staff of these officials. Quebec did not specify how many invitations were sent to candidates in each of these categories.