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Canada has increased the number of permanent residents during the pandemic

August 9, 2021

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Canada has increased the number of permanent residents during the pandemic

Despite the conditions of the pandemic, Canada continues to grant permanent resident status to foreigners. For example, in June 2021, local authorities approved more than 35,000 applications, which is the highest rate during the global COVID-19 crisis. This is due to Minister Marco Mendicino's intention to grant residency to 41,000 foreign nationals by the end of this year.

Among the total number of foreign visitors, 232,500 were economic immigrants, including highly skilled professionals. 103,500 visas were issued to family members of Canadian residents, 80,000 of which were for spouses and children, and 23,500 for grandparents. The number of refugees and international protection beneficiaries was 59,500. Another 5,500 visas went to applicants accepted on humanitarian and compassionate grounds (H&C).

The number of new Canadian residents

In the past six months, Canada has granted permanent residency to 143,000 applicants. The statistics are as follows:

  • January, February — 23 395 immigrants;
  • March — 22 425;
  • April — 21 155;
  • May — 17 100;
  • June — 35 700.

The Canadian government has about 360,000 more foreigners to admit before the end of the year in order to meet its goals. This is quite a challenge, but the number of successful applications for permanent residency is still increasing.

Last year, the authorities failed to realize their plans due to the global pandemic. In 2020, the permanent resident status was granted to 184,000 applicants out of 341,000 planned.

New immigration strategy

Canada is still vulnerable to the threat of COVID-19: the government has had to restrict access to the borders for foreigners from time to time. This has prompted a change of attitude toward immigration policy. Canada has begun offering residence permits to foreign visitors who have been living in the country on temporary visas - foreign students, employees, refugees. The government confirmed that almost 90,000 applicants will be granted permanent residency this year, including university students, temporary workers in essential positions, and asylum seekers.

Since June, the government has been granting permanent residency to qualified foreign professionals, who have completed a full course of vaccinations and fulfilled quarantine conditions. Canada needs immigrants, as population growth is projected to be low and residents from abroad will be the link that supports the local economy. In addition, the country has a low labor force and a low birth rate. According to the authorities, over the years 2021-2023, Canada is going to take in more than 1.2 million foreigners. Canada is going to accept more than 1.2 million foreigners from different parts of the world.

Source: Uglobal Magazine

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