The first month of 2019 was indeed impressive and kicked off what should be a big year ahead for Canadian immigration. Keeping the current trend in mind, Canada should have no trouble achieving its goal of inviting one million immigrants by the end of 2021.
January witnessed the Government of Canada and provinces across the country open the door to more than 40,000 qualified applicants through Economic Immigration and Family Sponsorship Programs – the key components for Canada’s new three-year immigration levels plan. The plan has a target of 331,000 new permanent residents for 2019, which is set to rise to 341,000 in 2020 and reach 350,000 by 2021.
A greater part of these new arrivals is expected through Canada’s various economic immigration programs managed by the Federal Express Entry System and Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Express Entry system gets off to its biggest start ever in January, inviting 11,150 applicants to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
January’s impressive Express Entry ITA record followed by a banner 2018 for the Express Entry system, which issued 89,800 invitations to apply for permanent residence — the maximum number of invitations issued in a single year in its five-year history.
Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for permanent residence, also played a significant role in the exciting numbers produced in January.
Around 5,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to immigration candidates last month through PNP in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Another major immigration update in January was the reopening of Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) to new expressions of interest.
The PGP offers eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18, an opportunity to sponsor their parents and grandparents for permanent residence in Canada.