Record Immigration to Canada

The Government of Canada plans to grant permanent residency to a record 431,645 immigrants during 2022, according to an announcement made by Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on February 14, 2022.

This is a substantial increase over the previous record of 405,000 immigrants approved to become Canadian permanent residents in 2021.

Around 241,850 of the people who will become Canadian permanent residents in 2022 will be skilled foreign workers and their families, including 83,500 through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program – all of which qualify for Express Entry immigration to Canada.

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The Federal Skilled Worker Program is  a points-based Canadian immigration program for skilled foreign workers and their families, in which at least 67 out of 100 points must be received for six factors (age, English/French language skills, education, relevant work experience, adaptability and qualifying offer of employment in Canada); a minimum of one year of full-time paid work experience during the past 10 years is required in one of the hundreds of occupations eligible for the FSWP; and other criteria must be satisfied.

Skilled foreign tradespeople with at least two years of relevant work experience in one of the many eligible skilled trades and who meet other requirements may apply for Canadian immigration through the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

There are eleven Provincial Nominee Programs which are designed to bring skilled foreign workers to live and work in a particular participating Canadian province or territory where there is a high demand for their occupation and skills.

International students and temporary foreign workers already legally living in Canada who have the education, skills and other traits that qualify for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Program may apply to become Canadian permanent residents while residing in the country (basically, a change of status from temporary legal resident to permanent resident).

Thousands of additional foreign workers can become Canadian permanent residents this year through other Canadian immigration programs, such as the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program and the Atlantic Immigration Program.

Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser was reported as saying, “By launching what is the most ambitious immigration plan in the history of Canada, we are going to equip the Canadian economy with the workers it needs.”

Besides the hundreds of thousands of skilled foreign workers and their family members who will become permanent residents of Canada in 2022, approximately 105,000 family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be allowed to immigrate to Canada, including 80,000 spouses, partners and children, as well as 25,000 parents and grandparents.

Canada is a compassionate country that welcomes the most refugees in the world and this year, 76,545 refugees and protected persons will be welcomed to live and work in Canada as permanent residents, including 31,255 refugees who will be privately-sponsored by Canadians; 24,500 protected persons and their dependents; 19,790 refugees who Canada’s government will assist; and 1,000 blended visa office-referred refugees.

The 2022 Canadian immigration plan also authorizes 8,250 immigrants to become permanent residents of Canada through humanitarian, compassion and other programs.

In conclusion, 2022 looks to be another record year for immigration to Canada, especially for expat workers and their families.

This is a great opportunity for you and your family to apply for Canadian immigration, particularly if you have good English or French language abilities, the required work experience and relevant post-secondary education.

The first step of the process is to find out which Canadian immigration program you qualify to apply for.

Canadian Visa Expert works with a team of authorized immigration consultants with over 10 years of experience who can evaluate your details and explain your best option to become a permanent resident of Canada.

Would you like to join the 431,645 immigrants who will become Canadian permanent residents this year?


DISCLAIMER: This guide is not and shall not be considered as professional or expert advice.

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