Immigration to Canada just got a lot easier!
Canada is to dramatically increase immigration to boost its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by welcoming more than 1.2 million newcomers between over the next 3 years. Canada has been increasing its immigration levels since the late 1980s to grow its rate of population, labor force, and economic growth.
Each year, the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) releases a new Immigration Levels Plan which it uses to guide its operations. In 2021, IRCC will target the arrival of 401,000 immigrants. In 2022, this will rise to 411,000 new permanent residents (PRs), while in 2023, Canada will aim to welcome an additional 421,000 immigrants.
In a bid to ensure the new arrivals spur Canada’s recovery, the majority of the newcomers will be welcomed through Canada’s Economic Class, which includes the popular and successful Express Entry system. The Express Entry System is a merit based permanent residence program which ranks candidates based on factors such as education, English or French language skills, work experience, and age. Additional factors include Canadian education or work experience, family in Canada, or a job offer. The Express Entry System is meant to attract the best and brightest applicants from around the world to fulfill Canadian labor needs. It is interesting to note that many American citizens are also exploring options to move North in order to escape the tense political climate in the U.S.
In addition to Express Entry, another pathway to permanent residence in Canada is through a study permit. Studying in Canada allows applicants, who might not otherwise be eligible for permanent residence, to gain Canadian education and work experience (through a post-graduate work permit) to strengthen their permanent residence application. The Canadian public education system and its universities offer high quality education. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 ranked 30 Canadian institutions among the best in the world, with the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia ranking highest.
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