According to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), more than 15,000 Nigerians were granted permanent residency in Canada in 2021, well above the average of 6,146 who did so over the three years. from 2018 to 2020, which totaled 18,438.
Canada expects more Nigerians to arrive in 2022, having granted permanent residency to 35,260 immigrants from around the world in January alone.
This puts the North American country on course to attract 400,000 immigrants for the second year in a row.
Under its 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan announced earlier this year, Canada is targeting nearly 432,000 immigrants in 2022, the highest level in its history.
It achieved more than 8% of this goal in January.
Canada registered more than 405,000 immigrants in 2021, largely by transitioning those already in the country to permanent residency due to pandemic travel restrictions.
It marked a record year for the country and was the first time since 1913 that it welcomed more than 400,000 immigrants.
Some 65% of new permanent residents in January 2022 were in the economic class, which is higher than the 56% targeted in the levels plan.
About 20% did so in the family class, which is below the target of 24%.
The refugee and humanitarian categories accounted for the remaining 15% of landings, which is below the 20% target for this year.
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) remains the main program for newcomers in the economic class, having welcomed nearly 7,700 immigrants in 2021.
IRCC relied heavily on the CEC in 2021 to deliver its immigration levels plan, as the CEC accounted for approximately one-third of new admissions.
Focus on FSWP
Nairametrics reports that IRCC appears to be changing course in processing more Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applications in recent months.
It treated more than 9,000 people under the FSWP between mid-December 2021 and the end of February 2022, well above the average of 600 people treated under the FSWP for much of 2021.
IRCC may be standardizing its operations, which involves finding a balance between processing immigration applications submitted in Canada and abroad.
Favorite of African immigrants
Canada is one of the best countries for Nigerian and African immigrants looking to further their education and ultimately earn a living in greener pastures.
With travel restrictions now eased, Canada is expected to welcome more permanent residents later this year, a major opportunity for Nigerians looking to live abroad.