The economic high-skilled immigration programs and the Provincial Nominee Program of Canada which are being controlled by the Express Entry scheme would contribute significantly to the immigration strategy of the country for the next three years.
The newly released immigration levels plan of Canada would see to it that combined enrollment targets for these immigration programs are raised to getting 160,100 new PRs in the country by 2021. This means raising the target by 23% above the combined target of 129,900 set for this year.
The Federal Skilled Workers Class (FSWC), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) are the Federal High Skilled programs that will have to work together with the Provincial Nominee Program of Canada and give account for 44% of 1.3million new PRs that would be expected in the country between 2018 and 2021.
Below is a representation of the Federal High Skilled programs and the Provincial Nominee Programs in comparison with the General Immigration Target.
The Provincial Nominee Program and the Federal High Skilled Programs currently managed by Express Entry has the following admission target for 2018 to 2021.
|Year||Provincial Nominee Program Targets||Federal High Skilled Targets||Combined Total|
Express Entry as a drive to immigration to Canada
Over time, the Express Entry Scheme has been the main source of bringing immigrants to the nation. Candidates in the Canadian Experience Class or in any of the Federal High Skilled Programs are graded in the pool on the basis of point allocation to factors like age, education, language proficiency, adaptability to the country and work experience. Candidates who have gained the highest rankings would be invited to apply for the status of Permanent Residence of Canada.
Every year, specific Provinces and Territories (PT) are allowed the freedom to nominate a specific number of applicants under the Provincial Nominee Program for Permanent Residence. All the participating PTs have at least one slot in the PNP to nominate Express Entry applicants. When such applicants are nominated, they automatically receive an extra 600 points in their Express Entry score and hence have great chances of receiving the Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Just last year, 49,724 candidates were received into Canada through the Permanent Residence Program, and 13,531 of them were admitted on the basis of PNP connected to Express Entry. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said that what this meant was that there was a 73% increase in the number of applicants coming in through Express Entry – PNP from 2016.
Still last year, about 60% of all immigrants coming into Canada came in through one of the different economic immigration programs available in the country. The government aims at maintaining this track record yearly through 2021.
Admissions through the Federal High Skills Programs
The multi-year levels plan sets to enable an increase in the number of immigrants admitted through the various Federal High Skilled programs from 74,900 to 88,800 which are 18.5% from 2018 to 2021.
An annual breakdown of the target has been provided; with an estimated rise by 6500 admissions in 2019 and giving rise to 81,400 applications for the year. In 2020, 4,400 more applications are expected for the total number to rise to 85,800. The target will then be reached in 2021 by 3,000 to 88,800.
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