Canadian Immigration Department is trying to anticipate a rise in sdmission targets for Express Entry and the PNP Over the 3 Years.
Canada’s recently unveiled Immigration Levels Plan for 2024-2026, disclosed by (IRCC) on November 1, indicates a continual uptick in admission targets for economic immigration pathways. This annual plan delineates the envisioned number of permanent residents Canada plans to welcome in the next three years, spanning economic, family, and refugee/humanitarian classes.
Over the forthcoming years, economic immigration programs, notably Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs), will play a pivotal role in Canada’s pursuit of growth in permanent residency. These pathways, excluding Quebec and Nunavut, are anticipated to be the primary drivers.
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In the 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan, PNPs surpassed Express Entry as Canada’s primary economic immigration pathway. In the previous year, PNPs invited 83,500 new permanent residents, with projections foreseeing an increase to 105,000 in 2023, followed by targets of 110,000 in 2024 and 117,500 in 2025.
Nevertheless, as per the latest plan (2024-2026), Express Entry is anticipated to reclaim its top position in 2024, while PNPs are poised to surpass Express Entry in 2025 and 2026.
Breaking down the targets from the 2024-2026 plan, Canada aims for 110,770 admissions under Express Entry in 2024, while PNPs are targeted at 110,000. In 2025 and 2026, PNPs take the lead with targets of 120,000, while Express Entry Canada follows closely with 117,500.
Express Entry manages immigration applications from three programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class. Introduced in June 2023, category-based draws focus on specific work experience or proficiencies in areas like French-language proficiency, healthcare, STEM professions, trade occupations, transport occupations, and agriculture.
PNPs empower provinces and territories to select immigration candidates addressing local labor market and economic challenges, aiming to distribute the benefits of immigration across Canada, fostering growth beyond major cities.
The 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan outlines the expected admissions through Express Entry and PNPs. In 2024, the plan targets 110,770 admissions under Express Entry’s Federal High Skilled category and 110,000 through PNPs. For 2025, Canada aims to admit 120,000 individuals through PNPs, and Express Entry (Federal High Skilled) is set at 117,500. Looking to 2026, the plan maintains PNPs’ target at 120,000 admissions, with Express Entry (Federal High Skilled) targeted at 117,500 individuals.
Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program
Express Entry is a system managing immigration applications from three economic-class programs:In Canada Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are available. Since late June 2023, Canada has adopted “standard” and category-based draws in Express Entry, with “standard” draws primarily focusing on CRS scores, leading to ITAs for those above the cut-off.
Starting June 28, 2023, category-based draws target specific work experience or skills, aiming to address labor market challenges. Six categories prioritized in 2023 include French-language proficiency, healthcare industry work experience, work experience in STEM professions, trade occupations, transport occupations, and agriculture and agri-food industry work experience.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) empower local governments to select immigration candidates to address local labor market and economic issues. PNPs play a crucial role in spreading the benefits of immigration across Canada, aiming to encourage more immigration to regions outside major cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.
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