The Pandemic affected almost every aspect of the world, and the immigration sector was also disrupted for a while. Borders of different countries were closed, and immigration programs were at a halt. Even, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada stopped Express Entry draws from December 2020 onwards. After a gap of 18 months, these draws were started in July 2022. The number of invites by IRCC increased gradually in the 6th round of Express Entry draws and 3250 invitations (ITAs) were issued. Apparently, this number was highest in the last months after the re-starting of these draws. Undoubtedly, the past three years were a record in the history of Canadian immigration programs, as they were suspended entirely for quite a long time. This not just disappointed the immigrants but also impacted the Canadian job market. As a result, there are almost a million job vacancies in the world’s second-largest country.

Talking about 2015 when Express Entry Program started, there was a steady increase in the ITAs until 2019. But COVID-19 just lead to mismanagement and backlogs in the application for Canada PR, which forced IRCC to stop taking further applications under Express Entry. It is notable that there was a backlog of a whopping 2.5 million applicants who were eager to settle permanently or temporarily in Canada. Now it is 2023, and still, 2 million files are pending to be taken care of and the Canadian government has special investments to clear this pile of applications. Life is all about moving on, and Canadian immigration is doing the same. In the same regard, IRCC has announced its Immigration Levels Plan 2023 – 2025, which is targeted to welcome a record-breaking number of immigrants to the country. The ITAs under Express Entry Program is supposed to touch the peak in upcoming years and many international students will also be provided visa to study in Canada. Whether it is the immigrants applying for Canada PR or students willing to study in Canada, the main goal of this nation is to bring its job market on track.

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There is a major development in Canadian immigration related to the National Occupational Classification System also known as NOC codes, which is now the TEER system. Yes, the NOC 2016 has converted into NOC 2021. There are TEER 0, TEER 1, TEER 2, TEER 3, TEER 3, TEER 4, and TEER 5. Basically, TEER stands for Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities and has an immense focus on experience and education relevant to the chosen occupation. There are new occupations added related to emerging fields like Cybersecurity and Data Science and old not included fields like trucking. Earlier there were 500 occupations and now there are 516 occupations in the TEER system. This system is more defined and represents a broad category of occupations office power. You can check for your occupation in the list and become eligible by fulfilling the prerequisites of Canada PR from India. Contact a reliable immigration company to apply for the Express Entry program or PNP in 2023. All the best.