Canada to increase annual immigration admissions to 350,000 by 2021

Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.

The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country’s population.

The figures were announced Wednesday as part of government’s updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which covers the next three years. The target rises annually from 310,000 this year, counting all classes of new arrivals.

It’s also a question of gradual increase so our immigration system can be able to process these things.– Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen

The vast majority of these newcomers are coming under economic programs designed to address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market.

Hussen says economic immigration is badly needed in areas across the country that are short on workers and long on older residents.

‘Hunger for workers is huge’

“In certain regions the hunger for workers is huge,” he said. “This plan is making us very competitive in the global market. It enables us to continue to be competitive, it enables us to continue to present Canada as a welcoming country and to position us to continue to be (a leader) in skills attraction.”

Many immigration advocates and economic groups had called for bigger increases to Canada’s immigration numbers. The government’s own economic advisory council suggested admitting 450,000 people in a report in 2016.

Hussen says the Liberal government is taking a measured approach, keeping in mind the need to ensure newcomers have access to suitable settlement services.

“You need to be able to house them, you need to be able to settle them, you need to be able to provide integration services,” he said.

The Trudeau government did increase funding for settlement services by 30 per cent since taking office, but if the immigration levels plan were increased dramatically, this would require even further funding increases, Hussen added.

“It’s also a question of gradual increase so our immigration system can be able to process these things, communities can be able to absorb them and local immigration partnerships can do their work,” he said. “We can’t just go to 450,000 at once. You need to build up to that.”

Meanwhile, as the global number of displaced persons reached a record high 68.5 million last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called on countries around the world to do more to help those being pushed out of their homes by wars, violence and persecution.

Canada does plan to gradually increase the number of refugees it will accept under its humanitarian, family reunification and sponsorship programs from 43,000 to reach 51,700 by 2021.

Nevertheless, the lion’s share of the new admissions under Canada’s immigration levels plan — 72 per cent — will be allocated to economic programs in 2021.

Hussen says he acknowledges that more must be done to help refugees around the world, and says he fights every single day to increase the number of refugees Canada admits.

He also noted that Canada has “exported” its program allowing private citizens to sponsor refugees to several other countries that previously did not offer a program like that. The United Kingdom has implemented its own version of Canada’s program, with Ireland and Germany set to soon do the same.

Additional funding has also been earmarked to bring 1,000 vulnerable women and girl refugees to Canada over the next two years, Hussen said.

Source: CBC

RPD to begin holding refugee hearings in Ottawa

On September 10, 2018, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) will begin hearing claims for refugee protection in Ottawa. As of this date, a team of Refugee Protection Division (RPD) members, who are based in Ottawa, will begin presiding over claims for refugee protection in hearing rooms located in downtown Ottawa.

Refugee protection claims from claimants based in the National Capital Region (NCR) that are ready to be scheduled for a hearing will be automatically identified by the RPD and scheduled in Ottawa. A Notice to Appear will then be sent to claimants and their counsel confirming the time, date and location of the hearing. While the focus will be on scheduling claims from claimants based in the NCR (claimants and counsel, or just claimants), some claims in other cities may also be heard by members in Ottawa through the use of videoconference technology.

Claimants who relocate are required to keep their contact information up to date. If this information changes, claimants must immediately provide the IRB and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and/or the Canada Border Services Agency with the changes in writing. Failure to do so could result in the claim being considered abandoned.

Source: IRCC

New Record Low CRS Requirement in Seventeenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

A new landmark has been reached in the short history of the Express Entry immigration selection system, with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 450. The seventeenth draw from the Express Entry pool took place on September 18, 2015, with 1,545 candidates in the pool receiving ITAs.

These candidates are now in a position to submit an application for permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less.

This draw from the Express Entry pool marks the eighth draw in succession in which a number of candidates without a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate were selected. It is also the eighth draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected.

Moreover, with an increasing number of Canadian provinces having introduced Express Entry streams as part of their Provincial Nominee Programs, candidates in the Express Entry pool have been able to take advantage of opportunities for increasing their ranking and obtaining the all-important ITA. The provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as the Maritime provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, have all introduced such streams in recent months. In addition, it was announced earlier this week that Nova Scotia has been given an increased allocation for the Express Entry streams of its Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

If a candidate in the pool obtains a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate, he or she is awarded 600 CRS points and will receive an invitation to apply at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Express Entry

Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the CRS. The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months. A number of early applicants have had their applications processed in under half that time.

Click here for more information on draws from the Express Entry pool that have taken place so far.

Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to September 18 (All dates are for 2015)

  • Launch date: January 1
  • First draw from the pool: January 31
  • Most recent draw from the pool: September 18
  • Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 450 (September 18)
  • Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 1,637 (March 27)
  • Fewest invitations to apply issued in any one draw: 715
  • Largest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 273 (from May 22 to June 12 draws)
  • Smallest decrease in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 6 (from June 27 to July 10 draws)
  • Largest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 302 (from April 17 to May 22 draws)
  • Smallest increase in CRS points required between two consecutive draws: 3 (from August 21 to September 8 draws)
  • Longest gap between two consecutive draws: 35 days (from April 17 to May 22 draws)
  • Shortest gap between two consecutive draws: 7 days (on five occasions)
  • Total number of invitations to apply issued: 22,012

Draws From The Express Entry Pool (Updated)

Date when Invitations To Apply Were Issued Number of Invitations Issued Minimum CRS Points Required Program Specified
First Express Entry Draw January 31, 2015 779 886 All Programs
Second Express Entry Draw February 7, 2015 779 818 All Programs
Third Express Entry Draw February 20, 2015 849 808 Canadian Experience Class
Fourth Express Entry Draw February 27, 2015 1,187 735 All Programs
Fifth Express Entry Draw March 20, 2015 1,620 481 All Programs
Sixth Express Entry Draw March 27, 2015 1,637 453 All Programs
Seventh Express Entry Draw April 10, 2015 925 469 All Programs
Eighth Express Entry Draw April 17, 2015 715 453 All Programs
Ninth Express Entry Draw May 22, 2015 1,361 755 All Programs
Tenth Express Entry Draw June 12, 2015 1,501 482 All Programs
Eleventh Express Entry Draw June 27, 2015 1,575 469 All Programs
Twelfth Express Entry Draw July 10, 2015 1,516 463 All Programs
Thirteenth Express Entry Draw July 17, 2015 1,581 451 All Programs
Fourteenth Express Entry Draw August 7, 2015 1,402 471 All Programs
Fifteenth Express Entry Draw August 21, 2015 1,523 456 All Programs
Sixteenth Express Entry Draw September 8, 2015 1,517 459 All Programs
Seventeenth Express Entry Draw September 18, 2015 1,545 450 All Programs

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