Immigration News April 8

The Immigration Minister announced a statement on international student distribution across provinces and territories

On April 5, 2024, Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced the finalized provincial and territorial allocations for study permits in 2024. The cap is set at 485,000 permits, with an expected 20% extension rate. This leads to a revised target of 364,000 approved permits. Considering a 60% approval rate, the application cap is 606,000. Exemptions are given to certain groups, resulting in a final target of 236,000 approved permits, roughly equivalent to 393,000 applications. Allocations were distributed based on each region’s population share, with adjustments made to limit growth and support immigration goals. Provinces with lower approval rates received additional allocations. The total allocation is approximately 552,000 applications, expected to yield about 292,000 approved permits, a 28% reduction from 2023.

Ontario published nomination allocation for OINP 2024

On April 5, 2024, the Government of Ontario released the new nomination allocation quota for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The annual quota for Ontario under the Provincial Nominee Program will be 21,500 in 2024, 5,000 more than the 2023 allocation. Last year, the province nominated 41,923 candidates to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This year, the province has already issued 25,752 invitations under all OINP`s streams.

Sudbury considered 43 applications under the RNIP

On April 4, 2024, the City of Greater Sudbury held a new round of invitations in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) Program. In this round, the city considered 43 candidates, including 36 via the Conventional Stream, five under the Limited Stream, and two through the Francophone Stream. The minimum score for these draws was 195, 195, and 245, respectively. This year, Sudbury invited a total of 327 applicants. So far, the city has recommended around 710 individuals under the RNIP since the program’s launch.

IRCC sent invitations to over 9,000 IEC candidates

Over the last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held new draws in the pools of International Experience Canada (IEC). From April 1 to April 7, Canada invited 9,043 young foreigners to apply for an IEC open work permit. As of April 5, 33,881 candidates were registered in the pool and waiting for the invitation. In this round, there were 982 ITAs for Australia, 31 ITAs for Austria, 149 ITAs for Belgium, 96 ITAs for Chile, 33 ITAs for Costa Rica, 2 ITAs for Croatia, 14 ITAs for the Czech Republic, 17 ITAs for Denmark, 8 ITAs for Estonia, 3 ITAs for Finland, 1,426 ITAs for France, 588 ITAs for Germany, 34 ITAs for Greece, 49 ITAs for Hong Kong, 707 ITAs for Ireland, 254 ITAs for Italy, 1,019 ITAs for Japan, 913 ITAs for Korea, 8 ITAs for Latvia, 15 ITAs for Lithuania, 1 ITA for Luxembourg, 67 ITAs for the Netherlands, 273 ITAs for New Zealand, 3 ITAs for Norway, 80 ITAs for Poland, 34 ITAs for Portugal, 17 ITAs for Slovakia, 232 for Spain, 14 ITAs for Sweden, 5 ITAs for Switzerland, 133 ITAs for Taiwan, and 1,836 ITAs for the United Kingdom. In 2024, Canada issued 62,576 ITAs under the IEC Program.