Changes to expect in Canadian immigration in the upcoming months

November 25, 2020

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The Canadian immigration system is estimated for a busy end to what has been an eventful 2020. Several changes can be expected like:

Changes in the CRS points

The CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) awards points to Express Entry candidates with Canadian job experience, and education may change. A candidate is more likely to be invited to apply for permanent residence if they have a high CRS score. If the government wants to increase the number of immigrants and make it easier for temporary residents to immigrate, they may enhance the number of points that Canadian work experience and education are worth under the CRS. 

Candidates without a spouse or common-law partner (Single Express Entry) can get up to 210 CRS points for Canadian experience and education. For Canadian work experience, they can get up to 80 points. For having a combination of post-secondary education and Canadian work experience, they can get up to 100 points. Candidates could be awarded 30 additional CRS points, increased from 15 by having a Canadian education credential.

Earlier this year, Canada has made French language ability more valuable on the CRS. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada now gives up to 50 extra points for Express Entry candidates who speak French and English.

Modifications in eligibility criteria for the CEC

By reducing candidates’ requirement of having 12-months of skilled work experience, the federal government could also make it easier to be qualified for the CEC.

Reducing the Canadian Experience Class work experience qualification requirement from 12 months to nine, or six months, as examples, may support some of these people who were affected to get into the Express Entry pool of candidates.

Nearly two million jobs were lost this April, and Newcomers were disproportionately represented in hard-hit sectors. During COVID-19, people in Canada on a work permit may have also lost their employment or had their hours cut. This may damage their capacity to gain that one year of work experience they need to be qualified for the CEC.

Parents and Grandparents Program Draw

In October, IRCC opened the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) Interest to Sponsor forms and closed in early November. It is expected that it will hold its PGP 2020 draw by December and then assume it will receive applications from sponsors drawn from the lottery in January and February 2021.

Parents and Grandparents Program

For 2020, IRCC will invite up to 10,000 sponsors to apply to sponsor parents and grandparents for Canadian immigration. Next year, IRCC is expected to invite up to 30,000 sponsors.

Canadian Immigration: More Express Entry Draws

In December, two more Express Entry draws are expected. Canada just threw off its pattern of drawing every two weeks, with the most recent draw happening just seven days after the previous invitation round. The November 25 draw invited 5,000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence and had a relatively low score requirement at 469.

Considering that, there is likely going to be another draw on or around December 16. 

This has been a standard year for Express Entry despite COVID-19, with Canada having already invited 92,350 immigration candidates in 2020, the highest level ever. Canada could end the year by surpassing 100,000 invitations to apply for the first time since Express Entry was born in 2015.

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