The 2021 immigration plan is being scrutinized, since this Canadian government has made a promise to boost its immigration goals to attract greater than 1.2 million immigrants in the next few years. It is important to look ahead and be aware of what’s to come for those who might be interested this year.
The Immigration Forecast For 2021 and Beyond
1. The multi-year plan for levels sets the some of the highest immigration goals ever
In October, Minister for Canadian immigration Marco Mendicino reported other multi-year levels of plan that will see Canada welcoming 401,000 permanent residents by 2021. This is the most amount of newly arrived Canadians ever.
The immigration to Canada was restricted in the year 2020 because of the COVID-19 virus and the government had to set ambitious targets for the next year (2021) to aid in the economic recovery and to compensate for the lower numbers of immigrants.
2. A higher volume of ITAs will be issued than never before via the Express Entry
Despite the restrictions on travel and other challenges that this year’s draw brought the country, this year was an all-time record in the Canadian Express Entry system. In the three draws that we have held we’ve witnessed more requests to be considered for Canadian residence than we have ever seen before.
In the last month, Canada invited another 5,000 Express Entry applicants to apply for Canadian permanent residency totaling the number of invitations issued through the Canadian government in the last year to 102,350. This is the highest number of invitations that were issued in one year by the Express Entry system.
In the coming year, we anticipate that this trend will continue and that more people than ever before will have the opportunity to travel through the Express Entry system.
3. Online Education: International students adjust to Online Education
Prior to the outbreak in the year 2000, there was at the time the number of students who took college courses online as those who took courses in-person. Since the COVID outbreak, this number has increased significantly. 1.6 billion students around the world have completed their last school year online.
In recent years, the Canadian administration has been working to ensure that students studying from distant locations still have the same chances as students here in Canada. Under normal circumstances when they are taking online classes, failing to attend the school term or taking classes part-time could prohibit or even disqualify students from receiving the Post-Graduation Working Permit following the completion of their studies.
Students from outside Canada are currently able to apply that time to applying for the Post-Graduate Working Permit (PGWP). This is applicable to all students from abroad who begin their studies at an accredited Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) at distant locations until likely the spring of this year.
4. Canada contributes funds to improving the efficiency of its immigration system.
Over the next five years Canada is expected to invest $750.3 million to improve our Canadian process of immigration. The additional funds will assist in Canada’s impressive immigration plan that could welcome as many as 1.2 million new immigrants for greater than three years.
To achieve this goal, Canada will refresh the massive and outdated papers-based Global Case Management System to an advanced platform that is computerized. The new system, as outlined from the Federal government will improve the efficiency of customer management, operational productivity as well as program integrity.
Immigrants can expect faster and more efficient processing times, as well as an easier way to submit documents in the near future!
The current year, 2021 seems to be an amazing year for Canadian immigration. The Canadian government vowing to allow more internationals than it has ever done and with the promise of more internationals, there has not been any better time to consider the possibility of creating Canada your dream destination!