Canada continues to welcome new immigrants through Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), and other permanent resident pathways during the pandemic.
In addition, temporary foreign workers are largely exempt from Canada’s current travel restrictions and tech workers may enter Canada through temporary visa pathways such as the Global Talent Stream.
Prior to the pandemic, Canada was seeking to welcome 341,000 new permanent residents in 2020, following the record-setting year it had in 2019. Canada does not have targets in place for temporary foreign workers and international students.
Canada offers over 100 combined permanent and temporary resident options to skilled workers that wish to pursue economic opportunity in the country. Canada also offers various immigration streams to temporary foreign workers and international students who wish to transition to Canadian permanent residence status.
After the U.S. immigration ban, Minister Mendicino says “Come to Canada.” In a TV interview, he says Canada remains open to immigrants despite the corona-virus pandemic. That is the message to talent all over the world by Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino, following the permanent and temporary resident visa suspensions announced by the United States yesterday.
The U.S. President signed an Executive Order which will prevent new green card holders and temporary foreign workers from coming to the U.S. in 2020. Hoping it will help American workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic find employment.
The U.S. immigration ban is meant to be a temporary measure to protect U.S. workers during the recession caused by the corona-virus pandemic. However, this temporary measure will create significant uncertainty for employers in the U.S. as well as those who were planning on working in America.
Canada’s immigration system is also going through a period of uncertainty in the sense that the country currently has travel restrictions and special immigration measures in place which it is constantly modifying as the pandemic unfolds.
Despite the uncertainty in Canada, however, employers and workers can be certain that Canada will process new applications submitted during the pandemic and will facilitate the entry of new permanent and temporary residents as long as eligibility criteria are met.
While Canada’s economy has also been weakened by the pandemic, Minister Mendicino and the Canadian government believe that continuing to welcome immigrants will help the economy.
Source: Canada Immigration Newsletter