Canada's Immigration Forecast for 2022

In the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's immigration numbers fell severely due to the travel restrictions and other similar changes due to the unpredictability of the situation. As things seem to be getting better, Canada is opening up the doors again for the immigrants and hoping to welcome more of them. Keep scrolling to know Canada's immigration forecast for 2022.

The Numbers

According to data, about 184,500 permanent residents were admitted into Canada in 2020. It was a huge drop in the number of permanent residents admitted into Canada in 2019- 341,000. In 2021, 401,000 permanent residents were welcomed into Canada, and our country wants to increase that number. There are plans to admit 411,000 new permanent residents in 2022 and 421,000 new permanent residents in 2023.

The Immigration Levels Plan

The 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan would be arriving by February 14th, 2022, when Minister Fraser is expected to table it. The second announcement is expected to be announced by November 1st, 2022.

The Need

In 2022, the immigration levels might be higher than expected due to solid reasons like rising labor shortages, application backlogs, and the commitment made by the Federal government to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees.

Economic Programs

Some of the economic programs that can aid immigration are listed here:

·       Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program

·       Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

·       Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

·       Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

·       Caregivers Program

·       Quebec Skilled Worker Program and Quebec Business

·       Federal Business (Start-Up Visa Program and Self-Employed Person)

·       Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Family Class Programs

A few family programs that can boost immigration to Canada are:

·       Parent and Grandparents Program

·       Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad

·       Refugees and Protected Persons, Humanitarian and other

·       Privately-Sponsored Refugees

·       Government-Assisted Refugees

·       Blended Visa Office Referred

What Else to Expect?

Some factors that can impact Canada's immigration forecast in 2022 are listed below:

Ø  High Backlogs

Due to the pandemic, the IRCC's inventory has grown to 1.8 million, and the processing times are slower than usual.

Ø  TEER System Introduction

The TEER System will replace the NOC Skill Levels. Immigration applicants will need to remember this change as it will affect some individuals' immigration and foreign worker eligibility.

Ø  Citizenship Applications Changes

The government has committed to making Canadian citizenship applications free, and it might do that soon. Also, IRCC might soon allow all citizenship candidates to submit their applications online.

Ø  Trusted Employer System

The government might also launch a Trusted Employer system for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to fill job vacancies quicker.

Ø  Resettling Afghan Refugees

The Canadian government is committed to resettling about 40,000 Afghan refugees, and IRCC has made it a top priority since August 2021.

Ø  PGP 2022

According to the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) 2022, Canada might admit 23,500 immigrants this year.

Ø  Changing Travel Rules

With the introduction of the new variants of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions are still in place and are expected to be there for at least a few more months. On January 15th, 2022, people seeking entry into Canada will need to be fully vaccinated on arrival. Read the latest updates on Canada travel restrictions here.



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