Canada aims to invite up to 401,100 new immigrants under its Canadian Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-23. Up to 60% of this target will be achieved through economic immigration programs, with one-quarter to arrive through the Express Entry system.
The government body of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is taking strong measures to achieve this target. This explains the largest ever Express Entry draw in Canada’s history held on February 13, 2021. 27,332 applicants in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were invited through the Express Entry system.
The IRCC is also conducting immigration draws for applicants who received provincial nominations through the Express Entry linked provincial nominee streams. The number of ITAs issued this year after the February 13th draw is almost triple compared to the number last year.
The Express Entry draws are quite unpredictable. However, the precedent has been set to invite around 108,500 new immigrants through Express Entry-managed economic programs in 2021. Each Express Entry draw occurs bi-weekly.
The Canadian Immigration Minister stated that emphasis is being placed on encouraging temporary residents to transition to permanent residency to achieve immigration targets. Therefore, if you are currently temporarily staying in Canada, this may be a great time for you to apply for permanent residency through the Express Entry system.
You will be required to create an active Express Entry profile. You can make changes and update your profile while waiting for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
What About Foreign Nationals Living Abroad?
According to a media release, the IRCC plans to invite skilled workers living overseas once travel restrictions are lifted. Travel restrictions were put in place in mid-March 2020 to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was decreed that the risks of welcoming immigrants outweigh the benefits of allowing them to enter. The travel restrictions will be lifted once it is safe to travel without the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau estimates that everyone in Canada will be vaccinated by September 2021, making it safe to lift travel restrictions. However, this is an optimistic point of view.