New IRCC data provides an early look at how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting Canada’s immigration system.
Permanent resident (PR) visas issued by the government of Canada fell 26 percent in March 2020 compared with the previous month.
This new data released by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) show a direct impact on that coronavirus pandemic has had a Canadian immigration system.
While provinces and territories and the Canadian federal government employees do not begin to go into lockdown until the second half of March, two weeks of disruption is sufficient to contribute to a sharp decline in new PR visa issued.
Last year, Canadian PR intake increased by 33 percent in March 2019 compared with February 2019.
March changes by province
Almost every province saw their immigration levels fell 30 percent between February and March 2020. Two major exceptions are New Brunswick (0 per change per cent) and Alberta (8 per drop-in percent).
Economic class immigration suffered across the board. family reunification and refugee class immigration fluctuate by province, saw some disadvantages but also some advantages.
Alberta saw the smallest change in immigration across the board, with a 9 percent loss of new economic class immigrants, loss of 8 percent in the family class, and lost 5 percent in the refugee class of immigration.
New Brunswick only see a loss in economic class immigration from 9 percent. Family and refugee class saw 40 per cent and 43 per profit percent, respectively.
The biggest advantage in the family class immigration for March was felt in Newfoundland and Labrador are seeing an increase in 67 percent in February. There is no change in refugee class of immigration, however, the province saw a 53 percent loss in economic class immigration, the biggest hit in Canada.
The biggest advantage in the class of refugees seen in Saskatchewan at 67 per cent. The province lost 35 percent of economic class immigration and 36 percent of family class immigration.
Why PR numbers should improve later in 2020
Although specific measures coronavirus, Canada continues to process new applications for permanent residence and temporary.
IRCC still holding the Express Login attractive. Even after the travel restrictions implemented on the Canadian border, there have been more Invitation to Apply (itas) to be issued to candidates express PR Log so far in 2020 than there were at the same time last year.
In addition, the province of Candidates Program (PNP) remains in operation with Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia all hold PNP interesting since March.
Family class immigration has been little affected by the restrictions. family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents can come to Canada for important reasons.
Immigration class refugees have been most affected as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement had stopped in the middle of a pandemic.
After the recent disturbances, there is reason to believe the Canadian immigration system will begin to stabilize.
Canadian Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said that the remnants of the federal government is committed to welcoming newcomers to support the country’s economy.
Canada has increased its itas Express Login since the beginning of a pandemic. In April, Canada issued its to 11,700 candidates Express Login compared to about 8,000 per month before the pandemic.
Therefore, Canada will see some recovery in the level of PR in the second half of this year as more Express Sign itas issued, family reunification continue, as the Federal government normalizes processing, and as lockdowns and ease travel restrictions in Canada and around the world.
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