November 4, 2011 — Following the tabling of the 2011 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on November 1, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada released further details on its 2012 Immigration Levels Plan. Since the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act’s coming into force, this is the first time CIC is including admissions targets along with planning ranges.
A planning range is an estimate of the number of people CIC expects to admit each year, taking into account the differences in applicants’ behaviour both before applying and once they have received their visa (some applicants take longer than others to arrive in Canada from abroad after receiving their visa).
For each range, CIC also sets an admissions target. The work of CIC’s visa processing network is based on the admissions target so that admissions fall within the planning range.
Please see below for CIC’s immigration planning ranges and admissions targets for 2012.
* Percentage of mix is derived using the midpoint of the planning ranges.
|Immigrant Category||Low||High||Admissions Target||% Mix*|
|Federal Skilled Workers||55,000||57,000||57,000|
|Canadian Experience Class||6,000||7,000||7,000|
|Quebec-selected Skilled Workers||31,000||34,000||33,400|
|Provincial and Territorial Nominees||42,000||45,000||42,000|
|Spouses, Partners and Children||38,000||44,000||44,000|
|Parents and Grandparents||21,800||25,000||25,000|
|Privately Sponsored Refugees||4,000||6,000||5,500|
|Protected Persons in Canada||7,000||8,500||8,500|
|Dependants Abroad of Protected Persons in Canada||4,000||4,500||4,500|
|Total Protected Persons||22,500||27,000||26,000||9.8%|
|Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds/ Public Policy||7,600||7,800||7,800|