Canada | Immigration -Why should PR numbers increase in the second half of the year

Canada continues to accept new applications for permanent and temporary residency given its special measures on coronavirus.


IRCC continuing draws for Express Entry. Till date in 2020, there have been more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for PR issued to Express Entry candidates than was the case at the same time last year, even after travel restrictions have been implemented at the Canadian border.


Moreover, since March, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has remained in operations with Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia all holding PNP draws.


Immigration at the family level was the least affected by the limitations. For important reasons, family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can come to Canada.


As the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has halted relocation in the midst of the pandemic, refugee class immigration has been most affected.


There are reasons to believe that Canada's immigration program should continue to improve despite the recent disturbances.


The Immigration Minister of Canada, Marco Mendicino has said the federal government remains committed to accepting migrants to boost the economy of the country.


Since the start of the pandemic, Canada has increased its Express Entry ITAs. Canada released ITAs to 11,700 Express Entry candidates in April compared to about 8,000 a month before the pandemic.


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