35,000 Immigrants invited by Canada in January 2022
According to the new IRCC data, Canada invited 35,260 new immigrants holding permanent residents in January 2022.
Canada started very strong for the second consecutive year as it has landed 400,000 new immigrants, according to the data received by the CIC News in an information request to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC).
As per the new Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024, announced last month, Canada to invite nearly 432,000 new immigrants this year, which will be the highest in history.
Last year was the record-breaking year for Canada as it had landed more than 405,000 new immigrants, basically by transitioning those living in the country to permanent residence.
The country invited over 400,000 immigrants, which was the first time since 1913.
If we see the record of January, a total of 65 percent of candidates holding permanent residents falls under the economic class, which is more than the 56 percent targeted under the levels plan. Twenty percent of immigrants are invited under the family class, lower than the 24 percent plan target. The refugee and humanitarian category accounted for the left 15 percent of landings, which is lower than the 20 percent levels plan goal for this year.
Accounting for almost 7,700 immigrants, the Canadian Experience Class(CEC) remained the top program for the new economic class. IRCC(Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) was vigorously dependent on the CEC(Canadian Experience Class) last year to get its immigration levels goal, as the CEC accounted for about one-third of new admissions. Another program, Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident (“TR2PR”) Program, obtainable to international graduates and essential workers between May and November 2021, was the second most leading economic class admissions program, with more than 7,000 immigrants landing in January. The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) came in the third position among the economic class, with almost 4,200 immigrants landing, followed by the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) with nearly 2,600 landings.
Recently, the department of IRCC has been processing FSWP applications at a higher rate. IRCC is noteworthy that the FSWP was Canada’s leading economic class immigration program between its founding in 1967 and the pandemic’s start. IRCC slowed down FSWP processing last year to transit as many international students, temporary foreign workers, and other temporary residents to permanent residence to fulfill its 2021 levels plan to target. The belief for this policy was that it would be much more difficult for IRCC to achieve its levels plan goal if it sought to allow large numbers of FSWP and other immigrants from abroad amid the operational difficulties affected by the pandemic.
IRCC appears to be shifting by processing more FSWP applications in recent months. Over 9,000 people processed under the FSWP between the mid of December and the February end,
which is more than the mean of 600 people. That implies that IRCC is just starting to normalize its operations, necessitating balancing processing the applications submitted in Canada and overseas.
Another reason immigrant admissions in the January 2022 figures are noticeable is that they mostly represent a low point in the monthly landings Canada should expect this coming year. Before the pandemic, Canada seemed to see fewer immigrant landings in Q1 and Q4 of each future year because of colder weather and the winter holiday season. Landings would increase by 40 percent in the warmer spring and summer months of Q2 and Q4. It shows IRCC is processing more applicants abroad; we should expect to see higher immigration landings in Q2 and Q3 in the coming year. However, the dimensions of the growth may not be as high as 40 percent given by IRCC as it still has many permanent residence applications to process in Canada, such as under the TR2PR program.
Far from last year’s data, where there were crucial COVID-19 operational challenges like travel restrictions and difficulties in Canada and around the world, Canada will easily be able to achieve its immigration levels goal in 2022, as there’s no doubt in that. Higher numbers of permanent residence applications can be processed by IRCC, which had been proven than it did before the pandemic. Along with this, IRCC is investing with good efforts in modernizing its application processing systems, and also Canada has tried its best to resolve the travel restrictions.