Canada welcomed 74,000 new permanent residents in first quarter of 2020; Indian remained the leading source country of new immigrants


Canada, without a doubt, is one of the most open countries in the world for immigrants, welcoming newcomers from 175 countries each year.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a new data providing information on Canada’s new immigrants in the first four months of 2020.

Canada has welcomed 74,000 new permanent residents this year between January and April.

Keeping Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 in mind, 2020 could see Canada exceed the milestone of 350,000 new immigrants in a calendar year.

India continues to be the top source country of immigrants

India continues to remain the leading source country of Canada’s new permanent resident (PR) visa holders. The Indian share of Canada’s newcomers has increased significantly in recent years. Around 24 per cent of new PRs in the first four months of 2020 went to Indian applicants.

India is the leading source of Canada’s immigrants for the following reasons. It is the second-largest country in the world in terms of population, which means it has a huge pool of potential immigrants.

It also has highly-skilled population with high levels of English language proficiency, education, professional backgrounds and other key characteristics that help them become eligible for Canadian immigration.

Top 10 source countries

The following comprise the top 10 source countries of new immigrants in the first four months of 2020:

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Philippines
  4. USA
  5. Nigeria
  6. Pakistan
  7. Syria
  8. France
  9. Iran
  10. Brazil

Despite the special measures and travel restrictions in place, Canada immigration is processing immigration applications to the best of its ability; therefore, it is still in the interests of applicants to submit their immigration applications.

Submitting a profile or application now will give you a chance to receive an invitation to apply or approval for permanent residence, and the chance to travel to Canada as soon as the travel restrictions will ease.

In fact, IRCC is being quite lenient during this time to help people achieve their Canadian immigration goals without much hassle.

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