Amid COVID-19 and global travel restrictions, Canada Immigration has suffered a temporary reduction in the inflow of foreign professionals. But, what’s not temporary? It’s the permanent solution to the foreign temporary workers who are already in the country considered for the Canada’s Immigration Levels. These temporary workers were granted Canada permanent residence permit more than any section of economic immigration.
Many studies have been conducted in conjunction with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to portray the significance of temporary foreign workers in the immigration cycle of Canada:
- Due to covid-19, granting the permanent resident status to foreign skilled workers fell by 75% in April and May which led to the increase of immigration application processing of the temporary foreign workers who are already in Canada.
- In 2000, 8% of workers were temporary foreign workers in Canada which went up by 46 % in 2018. Statistics also shows, from 2000 to 2018, the total number of temporary foreign workers in Canada rose from 60,000 to 429,300.
- Due to the integration into the Canadian labour market, those who had temporarily worked in Canada will have improved economic outcomes upon becoming Canada PR Visa.
- Generally, it is a two-step immigration selection process wherein Canadian employers recruit and evaluate temporary foreign workers, however Canadian Govt. decide how many and which workers are eligible for Canada Permanent Residency.
- This process is beneficial for the country to select these workers as these workers already has taste of real life in Canada and its working environment before moving to Canada permanently.
- In the year 2000, 12% of the Immigrants had worked in Canada before obtaining Canada PR Visa. This figure rose to 59% in 2018.
- The increased rate is directly proportional to the success of Provincial Nominee Programs and Canadian Experience Class.
- In 2018, 25% of the immigrants (primary applicants) were invited through Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) whereas 46% were chosen under Canada PNP and 20% through the CEC.
Study also features the increase of employment for the new immigrants and the acceptance by the Canadian communities. This pandemic has a given lot of time and opportunity for the Immigration policy makers for the selection of foreign workers to Canada. Earlier, Canada was only focused on highly skilled workers, but now they are considering more essential workers like the frontline workers.