35,000 Immigrants Landed In  Canada In January 2022

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The new date from IRCC showed that Canada started the year strongly as it welcomed 35,260 new permanent residents in January 2022 as it is looking to welcome about 432,000 new immigrants to the country this year according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2022 to 2024.

The target for the Immigration Level Plans 2022 to 2024 for this year will be the highest level in the history which will supersede last year’s record of 405,000 immigrants that landed in the country.

In January, about 65% of new permanent resident landings came under the economic class which is higher than the 56% targeted under the levels plan. 20% landed under the family class which is lower than the 24% levels plan target.

The refugee and humanitarian class accounted for the remaining 15% which is lower than the 20% levels plan for this year.

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) was the leading program for new economic class landings as it brought about 7,700 immigrants and Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) relied majorly on the CEC last year to achieve its immigration levels target as the CEC accounted for about one-third of new admissions.

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The Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident (TR2PR) program was the second leading program as it brought over 7,000 immigrants in January.

The Provincial Nominee Program came in third among the economic class with about 4,200 immigrants landing and then the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) which brought about 2,600 immigrants.

Recent data also shows that the department is processing FSWP applications at a higher rate as the program was one of the leading economic class immigration programs in Canada between 1967 and the start of the pandemic.

Last year, IRCC slowed down FSWP processing so it could transition as many international students and temporary foreign workers and other temporary residents to permanent residents on order to achieve its immigration target for 2021.

The reason for this policy was that it would be very difficult for IRCC to achieve its levels plan target if it stayed with admitting large number of FSWP and other immigrants overseas with the operational difficulties caused by the pandemic.

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Also, IRCC appears to be shifting course by processing more FSWP applications in recent months as it has processed over 9,000 people under the FSWP between the middle of December and the end of February which is much higher than the average of 600 people it was processing under the FSWP in 2021.

This shows that IRCC is beginning to normalize its operations which includes striking a balance between processing immigration applications submitted inside of Canada and also outside.

Also, the January 2022 immigrants admissions figures improved because they represent a low point in the monthly landings Canada should expect this year. Before the pandemic, Canada would normally see lower immigrant landings in the first and fourth quarters of each year as a result of the colder weather and winter holiday season.

The landings later rise by about 40% in the warmer spring and summer months of the second and third quarters.

Since IRCC is processing more applicants from outside Canada, more immigrants will come into Canada in the second and third quarters of the year although it the increment may not be as high as 40% as IRCC still has many in-Canada permanent residence applications to process like the TR2PR applicants.

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Last year was faced with a lot of operational challenges like the Canada’s travel restrictions and difficulties around the world but with the improvement and lifting of restrictions and bans this year, there is hope that Canada will meet its immigration levels plans target.

The immigration department has shown that it can process higher numbers of permanent residence applications than it did before the pandemic with 2021 immigration results.

The department is also investing in modernizing its application processing systems.

Table Analyzing The Immigration Landings For January, 2022

Immigration Category January 2022
Atlantic Immigration  Pilot Programs Canadian Experience Caregiver Economic Public Policy Rural and Northern Immigration Skilled Trade Skilled Worker       585    7,685       425         60       110         25    2,570
Worker Program Total 11,460
Investor Self-Employed Start-up Business       225         25         55
Business Total      305
Provincial Nominee Program Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway     4,200     7,055
Economic Total  23,020
Sponsored Children Sponsored Extended Family Member Sponsored Parent or Grandparent Sponsored Spouse or Partner        455          35     1,285     5,255
Sponsored Family Total    7,035
Government-Assisted Refugee Privately Sponsored Refugee         915         430
Resettled Refugee Total     1,340
Dependent of protected person protected person          750      2,220
Protected Person in Canada Total     2,970
Resettled Refugee and Protected Person in Canada Total     4,310
Humanitarian & Compassionate Public Policy          875            20
All Other Immigration Total         895
Total 35,260



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