Insights into Canadian Immigration in 2024

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Canadian Immigration in 2024

The Express Entry System,  Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), International Student Programs, Parents and Grandparents Program, and IRCC plans to leverage AI are a few of the insights into Canadian Immigration in 2024. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to welcome 485,000 permanent residents in 2024. The Express Entry System will continue holding category-based draws, focusing on specific labor gaps. In the first year of category-based draws, the IRCC identified to give priority to the immigration candidates included:

  • proficient in French
  • recent work experience in any of the primary sectors, including trades, agri-food/agriculture, healthcare, STEM, and transportation

In addition, this year, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), Canada’s largest immigration pathway, will introduce new guidelines and multi-year plans. The provinces and territories will have advance notice of the 2025 allotment as the IRCC releases new multi-year plans for PNPs, which will enable them to better plan their immigration strategies.

Furthermore, the International Student Program will improve its Letter of Acceptance verification system and review the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. International students in Canada hope for a PGWP extension in 2024, given the limited options for permanent residency. By mid-2023, Canada had approximately 2.2 million temporary residents, with over 1 million holding work permits – which has almost doubled in a year. 

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) will be increased to 32,000 in 2024 according to the new Immigration Levels Plan. The intention is to increase intake so that more PGP candidates can come to Canada.

Lastly, IRCC plans to leverage AI to streamline the immigration process, and a new advisory board will focus on immigration policy. The following are some ways that the digital revolution will enhance the candidate customer experience:

  • improving the standard for services
  • improved partnerships with organizations and employers
  • increasing the accessibility of applications by using virtual and digital technologies

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