Travel restrictions dent the plans of those aspiring to migrate to Canada

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Canada shut its international borders in mid-March but it has continued with its Express Entry draws, resulting in invites for ‘

permanent residence

’ being sent to those candidates who meet the cut-off score. However, these draws have been restricted to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and

Provincial Nominee Programmes



CEC and PNP candidates are largely already in Canada and less likely to be impacted by international travel curbs. To illustrate, CEC candidates are required to have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada. Some PNPs require past work experience in a

specific province

or educational qualification from that province. “Up to June 25, there have been 21 Express Entry draws. More invitations to apply (ITAs) have been issued this year, compared to the same time last year. This year 49,900 ITAs have been issued in the first half of 2020, whereas 2019 saw 41,800 ITAs issued at the mid-year point,” said David Cohen, senior partner at

immigration law firm Campbell Cohen

Express Entry is a point-based mechanism to manage applications from skilled and qualified workers for permanent residence via three economic immigration programmes. Alberta-based Ken Nickel-Lane, founder of an immigration firm, told


“I don’t expect that trend to change anytime soon. Our borders are still effectively closed except to those deemed ‘essential travellers’ and some exemption categories with the most recent addition of family members.”
This could mean that Canada may find it tough to meet its target of 3.41 lakh of new permanent residents during 2020, unless it catches up towards the latter end of the year. Canada’s immigration unit has not indicated when draws for other classes, such as

the Federal Skilled Worker Class

will start. In 2019, 45% of the invitations under the Express Entry system were under this category. As reported earlier by


, during 2019, Indians had bagged 47% of these invites to apply for permanent residence.

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