CPRP Immigration Forecast-2020
As 2019 draws to a close, we can confidently say that it’s been an impressive year in immigration, and things don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The immigration agenda for 2020 is already buzzing, as the government promises to increase immigration targets to welcome more than 10 lac newcomers in the next few years.
Let’s look ahead and see what’s in store for hopeful candidates in the new year.
The year 2019 was very busy in the world of Express Entry, and we are anticipating that this will continue on into 2020. In the last draw, eligible candidates were issued 3,200 invitations (for implementation), totalling 85,300 annually. This number exceeds the federal immigration goals of the year.
In 2020, we are excited to seeing that the federal government is already starting off the year with ambitious immigration targets in mind, and hopefully, the number of ITAs issued will continue to exceed expectations.
Provincial Nominee Programs
Ontario has asked the federal government to double the number of economic immigrants that they are eligible to admit under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. If their request is granted, we can expect to see a significant increase in invitations issued under this program.
Economic development minister Vic Fedeli has called for an expansion of the program to meet the province’s labor demands, hoping to see the current number of ITAs increase from 7,000 to 13,300 over the next few years.
With Ontario's plans to double its immigration intake through the PNP, in the new year, we hope other provinces follow suit, pushing for higher numbers to fill the market’s labor needs.
The federal government has recently launched two new initiatives to make it easier than ever for families to reunite in Canada.
Firstly, the introduction of a centralized intake process wherein protected persons with dependent family members outside of Canada will be able to submit applications for permanent residence, both for themselves and their family members at a single location.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will also introduce a one-year Centralized Concurrent Processing Pilot that will allow for the processing of applications of both the protected person and their overseas dependent family members at the same time.
Additionally, we anticipate that the Parents and Grandparents Program will open to new applicants within the first month of the new year. Through this program, eligible Canadians can sponsor their parents or grandparents for permanent residency.
These initiatives demonstrate that family reunification continues to be a top priority for the Canadian government.
In 2020, we predict that Canada will continue to be one of the top destinations for international students.
The federal government continues to provide the attractive option of the post-graduate work permit, allowing graduates of Canadian institutions to remain in the country for a limited time and obtain valuable work experience.
Canada continues to receive an influx of more than 50,000 asylum seekers every year. The federal government is still in the process of devising a system to handle the surge of applications for those seeking refugee status.
In 2020, we hope to see some of these issues resolved as the government continues to tackle serious case backlogs and long wait times.
CPRP Overall Forecast
It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and we’re looking forward to see what 2020 brings. Several important announcements are slated for early in the new year, so be sure to keep following our blog for the latest in Canadian immigration news.
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