Canada braces for a surge in immigration applications

Canada immigration application hike

Canada is in need to prepare itself for a huge jump that’s expected in immigration applications as the COVID-19 restrictions are now relaxed.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will have to cope with the rush of applications by overhauling the way it processes the applications.

The most recommended steps for immigration Canada to take in dealing with this situation include:

  • Develop updated strategies and apply new ones to deal with the processing of applications
  • Digitize the process as much as possible to speed up and streamline the work

As of now, only applications for permanent residence that were approved before March 18, 2020, are deemed eligible for travel.

But exemptions have been given to certain categories of travelers on March 26, 2020. These include:

  • International students with a valid study permit, or with approval for a one, when the travel restrictions were implemented on March 18, 2020
  • Permanent resident applicants whose applications have been approved before the travel restrictions were imposed and haven’t yet traveled to Canada.
  • Fish/seafood workers, caregivers, seasonal agricultural workers, and all other temporary foreign workers.

As of now, every individual entering Canada from any country needs to be got through a 14-day quarantine.

But amidst all the COVID-19 crisis, Canada immigration has seen a continuous conducting of immigration draws.

The federal Express Entry system of Canada has started conducting program-specific draws for the Canadian Experience Class and provincial nominees. The candidates in both categories were more possibly already in Canada.

Since March 18, the country has conducted 14 draws. 7 of these targeted PNP candidates. Another 7 targeted CEC candidates.

Canada also issued 27,320 ITAs. This included 3,256 to PNP candidates and 20,064 to CEC candidates.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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