February 13, 2021, was one of the luckiest days for skilled immigrants living in Canada. This day, IRCC invited 27,300+ skilled immigrants via Express Entry Program, for applying for a Canadian Permanent Residence Visa. This is the biggest count of invitation ever issued by IRCC in a single draw.
The details of the draw are as follows:
Category: Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
• Invitations Issued: 27,332
• CRS Score: 75
• Tie-breaking rule: September 12, 2020 (at 15:31:40 UTC)
Due to the global pandemic, travel restrictions for Permanent Resident Visa Applicants were imposed on March 18, 2020, are currently in effect till further notice, which is directly impacting the economy of the country.
As skilled immigrants bring talents and skills, and are also contributing to the economic growth of the country, they are considered to be the central part of Canada’s economic plan. Even large corporate groups and major labor unions that immigration is essential to the economy of Canada. During the pandemic, newcomers in Canada have played a major role, in bringing life back to normal. One-third of doctors and pharmacists, who are serving people in this pandemic, are newcomers.
As immigration is crucial to Canada’s short-term recovery and long-term prosperity, in order to engage immigrants who are already living in Canada and are working hard, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working on proposing new ways so that it can help skilled immigrants in staying in Canada permanently.
As per IRCC, about 90% of the Skilled Immigrants under the selected Category (i.e. Canadian Experience Class) are already living in Canada, and hence will remain unaffected by current travel restrictions and won’t face the same barriers as overseas applicants when gathering the required documentation and undergoing criminality and medical screening.
Immigrants who are currently living outside of Canada and also received invite will only be able to travel once travel restrictions will be lifted.
Upon receiving the invite from IRCC, one need to submit the complete application along with application fees within 90 Days.