The pandemic does not appear to have halted the overwhelming number of invitations issued to applicants to apply for immigration. In the third quarter of 2020, a total of 28,450 Express Entry applicants received Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
This is more ITAs than any other previous quarter, since the launch of the Express Entry system in January 2015. It also takes this year’s number of ITAs issued to a record high of 78,350. In the second quarter of 2020 also, Canada issued 27,300 ITAs during the first coronavirus wave.
The Federal Professional Worker Program applicants were eventually included in the July 8th Express entry draw, who had been totally left out in Q2. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is conducting all-program draws consistently since September 2.
Interestingly, the month of August saw all four types of draws. Program-specific draws including All Program draw and Federal Skilled Trades draws were held on August 5th and 6th respectively. Whereas draws exclusive to Provincial Nominee Programs and Canadian Experience Class were held on August 19th and 20th respectively.
Three all program express entry draws held in the month of September. A total of 4200 candidates received invitations in each draw taking the cumulative tally of 12600 candidates receiving invitations this month.
However, there was a significant drop in the number of Permanent Residents admitted in the month of July 2020. It was 63 percent down compared to the previous year’s admitted Permanent Residents in the same month. It is because of service disruptions and coronavirus caused restrictions.
Provincial Nominee Programs
The Provinces B.C., Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, and Saskatchewan held their PNP draws in the Third Quarter.
The BC PNP invites Tech candidates every week through the Tech Pilot program. Other candidates also received invitations. From July till September, BC conducted 17 draws under all categories. In September month alone 1437 candidates received invitations to apply.
Provinces Manitoba and PEI held 6 draws each through this quarter. Nova Scotia held a draw on September 24. It invited 47 candidates in that draw. The draw was specific to Labour Market Priorities.
Ontario Province invited about 2000 candidates in its three draws held in this quarter. Saskatchewan held four invitations rounds since July.
Finally, the Quebec province also held its biggest draw since August 2019. A total of 365 candidates received invitations to apply for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) on September 24. Candidates with a job offer from the province, Candidates who would be able to contribute to provinces’ prosperity and Consular Officers, Diplomats and other Government representatives were among to receive an invitation to apply for CSQ.