Even with travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, new immigrants continued to come to Canada in large numbers. Included in the top 10 source countries for new immigrants to Canada are India, China and the Philippines.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Canada was on track for a record number of new immigrants.
Right before the travel restrictions were imposed, Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Marco Mendicino presented an update with plans to increase the number of new immigrants to Canada in stages.
Now, IRCC is operating at reduced capacities, with many Visa Application Centres (VACs) still closed, including the one in the Philippines.
Still, Canada welcomed more than 74,000 new immigrants in the first four months of 2020.
PHILIPPINES NUMBER 3 SOURCE COUNTRY FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA
The Philippines continued its consistent performance in IRCC’s ranking of source countries, placing 3rd after India and China.
Language proficiency, combined with education and work experience, allowed Filipinos to remain eligible for immigration to Canada.
Language proficiency is a major component for eligibility in many of Canada’s immigration programs, including the Express Entry System and the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
TOP 10 SOURCE COUNTRIES FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA
India remained the top source country for new immigrants to Canada, making up 10% of the total.
New immigrants from the Philippines accounted for 7% of the total, a slight dip from the same period in 2019.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
While the world is gradually easing pandemic-related travel restrictions, Canada’s borders remain closed with a few exceptions.
Rankings for the top source countries should remain stable, with IRCC continuing to process permanent residency applications submitted before the start o the pandemic.
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