Canada welcomed approximately 19,200 new permanent residents in the month of June 2020. This was announced in new Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data released recently.
Canada’s June permanent resident intake was much stronger than the 11,000 newcomers received by Canada in May and the 4,000 who gained permanent residence in April. It was also Canada’s highest level of immigration in a month since the COVID-19 was officially labelled a pandemic in March.
However, it is well short of the over 34,000 new immigrants welcomed by Canada in June of last year. The lower level compared with last year is due to the coronavirus disruptions. Canada has had travel restrictions put in place since 18th of March.
Other challenges include holders of confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) being unable tocome to Canada even if they are allowed to do so, and IRCC application processing being affected by physical or social distancing measures.
These are the top immigrant countries in June
The top ten (10) immigrant source countries in June 2020 were:
- India (6,760)
- China (2,010)
- Philippines (900)
- USA (740)
- Pakistan (595)
- Brazil (560)
- United Kingdom (535)
- Nigeria (530)
- Iran (390)
- South Korea (355)
The leading immigrant source countries in June remain unchanged from recent months and years. The new immigrants in June were people who had applied for Canada PR months ago, meaning that immigrant source countries have not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic so far.
Canada Immigration System: What to expect for the rest of 2020
The June 2020 PR figures shows that Canada immigration system is “normalizing” to the extent possible during the coronavirus pandemic. More people were able to get the better of COVID-19 challenges in June (e.g., travel delays) than previous months to complete their PR landing.
Canada’s immigration levels tend to be higher in the summer so in the next coming months we should expect PR levels to remain in the scale or range as the June level.
On the other hand, the COVID-19 disruptions and other travel restrictions will keep PR levels lower than what they were during similar periods last year.
Nonetheless, Canada continues to invite more Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence.
Bi-weekly Express Entry draws have remained a constant fixture throughout the pandemic, with IRCC rolling out 3,900 or more invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence every two weeks.
Last week, Canada conducted two Express Entry draws, including Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) candidates in one of the draws.
FSWP candidates were not included in the Express Entry draws between March and July since Canada’s immigration department wanted to prioritize the invitation of candidates more likely to be living in the country right now (and hence, less likely to face COVID-19 disruptions).
The restart of Express Entry draws which include FSWP applicants, plus ongoing Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws are among the many positive signs that shows Canada remains committed to its pre-COVID-19 immigration policies.
This has also been emphasized by Canada’s immigration minister. They have repeatedly announced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that welcoming high levels of immigration after the pandemic will be key to maintaining a strong and healthy Canadian economy.