Half of new skilled immigrants have Canadian experience

August 4, 2020

More immigrants are living, working, and studying in Canada before becoming permanent residents.

In recent years, more immigrants are gaining permanent residence with Canadian work and study experience.

The number of temporary foreign workers and students increased exponentially between 2000 and 2018, according to Statistics Canada. Over half, 59%, of new economic-class principal applicants in 2018 were former temporary foreign workers, up from just 12% at the turn of the millennium.

More temporary foreign workers also transitioned to permanent residence with the help of more Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and the introduction of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) in 2009. The CEC admitted 20% of all economic-class principal applicants in 2018, while the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) admitted 25%. PNPs issued the largest share at 46%.

Source: CIC News