Immigration Gateways Opening Gradually
Although travel restrictions are still being enforced, this will come as good news to immigrants: A considerable number of approved permanent resident candidates can still get into Canada. For instance, Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) applicants who were cleared for travel before March 18, 2020, are among those who can travel to Canada.
In July 2020, Canada welcomed only 13,645 immigrants. That’s a significantly low turnout, especially in a month when the company records the highest number of foreigners. In July this year, the intake for permanent residency fell by a whopping 63%, as compared to July 2019.
As it is the norm, Canada received the highest influx of immigrants in July 2019. The total number of permanent residence welcomed in the nation was 36,615.
Why the High Numbers in July?
There is a reason why the Canadian government records a relatively higher number of permanent workers in July as compared to other months of the year. Foreigners tend to migrate to the country during the summer months and July. It’s during this time that parents and guardians want to enroll their children in academic institutions before the next academic year commences. In Canada, students and learners are expected to start their academic years between late August and early September.
Things were significantly different this year. The country’s immigration department welcomed 19,200 immigrants in June this year, a number that even superseded the number of foreigners who entered the country in July 2020.
With these numbers, June was the most promising month for Canada’s PR immigration programs since the coronavirus pandemic was declared a global crisis in March 2020. In the following months, April and May, the country received 4,000 and 11,000 immigrants, respectively.
One of the causes of the steep decline in immigrant numbers in April was the move by the government to impose travel restrictions. These measures remain in place to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Another factor is COVID-19-related delays that have made it challenging for prospective permanent residents to find flights that can fly them into Canada.