Canada Immigration Rules and Requirements 2019
Canada is a country that is facing many shifts and trend alters due to ongoing NAFTA issue pumped by Trump Government or changes taking places in Express Entry invitation quotas, etc. It is therefore really very important for all the aspirants our there to keep themselves updated about latest happening and policy changes that may come up in 2019, thereby effecting your Immigration decisions.
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Canada is a promising country for people looking to earn growth in career and personal space. Being a popular immigration destination, Canada attracts thousands of applications every year from immigration hopefuls around the world. Out of these, only handfuls are selected. The most common reason for this is that the approach of applicants as many generally doesn’t follow the rules as strictly as they should be followed. Consequently, their final application often ends up as misrepresented and gets rejected. IRCC sometimes also put a ban on candidates for furnishing improper and false information for a long period of 5 years.
In the past few years, Canada Immigration authorities have undertaken many new reforms and rules for the mutual benefit of both immigrants and economy of Canada. The IRCC (Immigration refugee and Citizenship Canada) has reduced the time deadline for documentation submission after an ITA (Invitation To Apply) from 90 days to 60 days. This major step was being called in affect from 26th June 2018. This change can be recalled as a positive change for many applicants who direly need more time to make the application perfect and sorted with everything set on their side.
Another change that IRCC initiated previous year is allocation of extra CRS points(Calculate your crs score in 2019) if an applicant gets a valid Job offer letter from Canada. Earlier it used to give 600 points for a job offer in hand. Now, after the change has been in effect, allocation of points differs according to job category. The maximum points (200 points) will be given to people from the management category of jobs, while 50 points as minimum will be given to people from other job categories.
Most recently updated Canada Rules and Plans 2019:
- The Government of Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020
- Increased immigration in 2019 to Canada over next 3 years through Express Entry, PNPs
- TCF Canada language test now acceptable by IRCC from the year of 2019
- Canada’s immigration policy in 2019 : Targeting the next three years plans for the prominent roles of Express Entry, PNPs
- Message from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in the year of 2019
- In the year of 2019, Canada introduced a mandatory biometrics for immigrants
The Government of Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020
Yet again on Nov 1st 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada released the massive plan of multi-year immigration levels for 2018-2021.
This plan is the first ever multi-year immigration plan of the country. It mainly focuses on skilled immigration programs through which skilled individuals can enter and settle in Canada. The main objective is without any second doubts, development of economy and meeting shortage of skilled individuals in work sector of the country.
According to the following tabling of 2017 annual report release to the Parliament, the Government of Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020. Overall, a sum of 1 million immigrants will be welcomed by the country.
|Immigration category||Category||2018 – Low||2018 – High||2018 – Target||2019 – Low||2019 – High||2019 – Target||2020 – Low||2020 – High||2020 – Target|
|Economic||Federal High Skilled||72,700||78,200||74,900||76,000||83,000||81,400||81,000||88,000||85,800|
|Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program||500||2,000||1,000||1,000||4,000||2,000||2,000||4,000||4,000|
|Provincial Nominee Program||53,000||57,400||55,000||57,000||63,500||61,000||62,000||68,500||67,800|
|Quebec Skilled Workers and Business||27,900||29,900||28,900||31,500||33,500||32,500||31,500||33,500||32,500|
|Family||Spouses, Partners, and Children||64,000||68,000||66,000||64,000||70,000||68,000||64,000||74,000||70,000|
|Parents and Grandparents||17,000||21,000||20,000||18,000||21,000||20,500||18,000||22,000||21,000|
|Refugees and Protected Persons||Protected Persons in Canada & Dependents Abroad||13,500||17,000||16,000||14,000||20,000||16,500||16,000||20,000||17,000|
|Resettled Refugees – Government Assisted||6,000||8,000||7,500||7,000||9,000||8,500||8,500||10,500||10,000|
|Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office Referred||1,000||3,000||1,500||1,000||3,000||1,650||1,000||3,000||1,700|
|Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored||16,000||20,000||18,000||17,000||21,000||19,000||18,000||23,000||20,000|
|Total Refugees and Protected Persons||36,500||48,000||43,000||39,000||53,000||45,650||43,500||56,500||48,700|
|Humanitarian and Other||Total Humanitarian & Other||2,900||4,500||3,500||3,500||5,000||4,250||3,500||5,000||4,500|
|Overall Planned Permanent Admissions||290,000||330,000||310,000||300,000||350,000||330,000||310,000||360,000||340,000|
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Increased immigration to Canada over next 3 years through Express Entry, PNPs
The Provincial Nominee Program and other economic immigration streams of Canada that are managed by Canada’s Express Entry program are now going to play gradually more crucial role in Canada’s immigration strategy that was announced by the government of Canada for the coming three years.
The targets set for welcoming skilled applicants through these popular immigration programs are expected to be 160,100. This means that this number of new permanent residents will be joining the country by the end of year 2021 under Canada’s new multi-year immigration levels plan unconfined last week — a boost of over 23 per cent over their collective 2018 targets of 129,900.
Canada’s Express Entry has three Federal Skilled streams namely the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class while Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has number of different streams. Under the immigration plans of Canada, PNPs will account for 44 per cent of the 1.3 million new permanent residents that the country is going to welcome between 2018 and 2021.
The following are the admission targets for the years of 2018 to 2021 for Canada through the PNPs and the three Federal Skilled streams of Express Entry:
|Year||Federal High Skilled Targets||Provincial Nominee Program Targets||Combined total|
The program of Express Entry is the main driver of bringing in immigrants to the country. Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class are the main streams through which it accepts applicants. Each of these streams are point based that ranked candidates in the pool on the basis of their education, skilled work experience, age and proficiency in English or French language.
On the other hand, Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs lets the participating provinces of Canada to nominate a set number of candidates for permanent residency in the province each year with a specified set of eligibility criteria.
Out of the 49,724 new permanent residents that have come to Canada through the PNP in the year 2017, 13,531 came through an Express Entry-linked PNP. The target set by the country for admission of applicants through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, is at 55,000 for 2018, and is going to rise by 29 per cent over the next three years of time. In the coming year of 2019, the PNP admission levels are put at 61,000, which is also an increase of 5,000 over the admissions level for 2018. For the last 2 years of 2020 and 2021 of immigration plans, IRCC is planning to elevate the number of PNP admissions to 67,800 and 71,300, respectively.
TCF Canada language test now acceptable by IRCC in 2019
The Canadian Government has now accepting the language test results as proof of language ability for those proficient in French. The rule has been finalised for all the economic immigration candidates applying for permanent residency in the bi-lingual country of Canada.
The Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) is a language proficiency testing examination administered by the French government-run Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) which particularly test proficiency in French language. The test will now be available at permitted test centres in Canada in more than 150 countries. The CIEP states the TCF Canada was planned to keep up a correspondence with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s recognized French language standards, the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC).
Candidates who are looking to immigrate to Canada through any economic immigration programs including streams of the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — has to have a sufficient level of proficiency in either English or French language (or both) in order to be eligible for immigration to Canada. Canada is a bi-lingual country with both French and English as its official languages.
Those candidates who are proficient in English language aren’t required to provide French test results. In case such a candidate wants to earn extra CRS points, then he/she can furnish French ability along with English ability. The accepted test and also the most popular test for English language proficiency is called the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Other proficiency test is Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
According to a census conducted by Canada, more than seven million Canadians have been reported using French as their mother tongue. Quebec is the only French speaking province of Canada and interestingly, of that number, nearly 950,000 have lived outside the province of Quebec!
Canada’s immigration targets for next three years has a prominent roles of Express Entry, PNPs
Canada has announced its first ever multi-year Immigration level plans for three years starting from 2018-2021. As per the announcement, the country will be increasing the immigration targets for 2019 and 2020 and will also expand its multi-year immigration levels plan through 2021, by prepping for the arrival of 1.3 million new permanent residents in the country between years 2018 and 2021.
The new immigration plan (2019-2021) plan calls for gradually increasing immigrant’s level of the country up to 350,000 by end of 2021. The targets for 2019 and 2020, in the beginning set at 330,000 and 340,000, respectively, have now been greater than before at 330,800 and 341,000.
The main reason for such a huge announcement by the country is its declining workforce and aging population. These two factors may decline the country’s economic growth and therefore, foreign skilled immigrants, as last resort to meet the workforce shortage in the country, are called upon. The economic immigration pathways by the federal Express Entry economic system as well as the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will continue to play key role in the plan. Of the 1.3 million new permanent residents that Canada is planning to welcome by the end of 2021, nearly a quarter (331,000) are anticipated to come through the program of Express Entry via its three economic immigration steams called Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class.
PNPs too have a combined target of 255,100 over the period of four years. During this period, PNPs are expected to take in admissions for almost 19 per cent of the 1.3 million total admissions through its various streams and programs.
For anyone who is willing to take up Canada Residency is advised to get started with the process right away as this and the coming year is the most appropriate time for applying and getting Canada PR visa.
Message from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Cherishing the contribution of Immigrants, the minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has mentioned that the country of Canada has developed into the strong and vibrant economy we all enjoy today only because of immigrants and their descendants who have made immeasurable contributions towards the current and future success. The minister says that as a country, they will always be flourishing as it depends on continuing to ensure that the immigrants are welcomed and well-integrated in the country.
At present, Canada faces many serious challenges such as an ageing population and declining birth rate, and immigrants have really helped address these issues by contributing to Canada’s labour market growth.
The minister also gave out Immigration figures saying that Canada has welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in the year 2017. Over half out of these were admitted under Economic Class programs. Also in the year 2017, the Canadian Government has announced a historic multi-year levels plan to responsibly grow the annual immigration levels of the country to 340,000 by the end of the year 2020, with 60 percent of the growth in the Economic Class. Growing immigration levels, particularly in the Economic Class will facilitate the country to sustain the labour force, support economic growth and spur innovations across all fields.
Minister mentions further that they have developed this multi-year immigration plan in close consultation with provinces and territories, and allowing them to welcome more and more people through their provincial nominee programs’ streams and categories. The country have also addressed regional labour needs by implementing the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for the growth of Atlantic Provinces of the Canada and supporting francophone immigration communities remote to the province of Quebec.
He says that he is proud of all they have accomplished as a country, in the past year, and are committed to progress more in the year ahead.
Canada introduced a mandatory biometrics for immigrants in 2019
Canada has recently announced a new rule of Biometrics for anyone entering the country. The rule will be applicable to all who is entering Canada on a PR Visa, Work Visa, Study Visa, or a Visitor Visa. As of now only Schengen Nations, the UK and the US have the rule of biometrics from Indian applicants for different visa categories.
Biometrics is a record of one’s finger prints and photo for identification purpose. As per the official website of the Government of Canada, 31 December 2018 onwards, applicants coming from India will have to offer biometrics before entering the country on any temporary or permanent type of visa.
From 31st July, 2018, the country has begun to collect biometrics of applicants coming from Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The rule will be extended for applicants coming from the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Asia from 31st December 2018.
The rule is applicable to all with some exemption given to certain applicants. The exempted population includes kids below the age of 14 years and aged applicants above the age of 79 years.
The website of the Government of Canada further describes that the candidates must offer biometrics once for every ten years of time period. They are not required to re-offer the biometrics till the period of 10 years runs out.
The fee of an individual applicant for providing the biometrics is fixed at CAD$ 85 or INR 4, 860. For those who are applying for biometrics along with their families, they can jointly apply at the same time with a pay of CAD$ 170.
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