Canada has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Canadian government is hoping that increased immigration will fill gaps in the labor market and give the economy a much-needed boost. Due to COVID-19, Canada — which has been welcoming a little more than 300,000 new permanent residents annually — has seen a significant decline in new permanent residents in 2020.
Despite its border being mostly closed, Canada still admitted 128,430 permanent residents between January and August of this year. Visa processing has been drastically delayed because of government shutdowns, but Canada is dedicated to making it easier for students, skilled workers, and others to become permanent residents.
Immigration lawyers and consultants may see an uptick in Canadian immigration cases over the coming months and years, so let’s start off with a quick overview of Canada’s immigration system and then talk about how case management can help the income wave of work.
A brief overview of Canada’s immigration system
Canada’s immigration system has long been used as an example for other countries. Typically fast-paced, Canada’s immigration system can still be complicated. There are over 70 different immigration programs and visas to choose from but the four most popular immigration pathways to Canada are economic, family, refugees, and humanitarian.
In 2018, 58% of new permanent residents were admitted through the economic stream. The Express Entry Program is one of these economic streams that bring skilled workers to Canada. Express Entry is a merit-based points system where candidates in the Express Entry pool are scored and ranked to gain entry to Canada. Canada uses the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) calculator to evaluate candidates on factors such as skills, work experience, educational qualifications, and English language proficiency. Candidates are assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points and need to score at least 67 points to be eligible to migrate to Canada. One of the biggest downsides of this system is that it favors young and highly educated individuals, often overlooking people 35-years-old or older.
The second-largest economic immigration pathway is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). One-third of all economic immigrants in 2018 entered Canada through PNPs which are designed to fill the economic needs of specific Provinces. These programs generally lead to a fast-track immigration process but they usually require that applicants reside in the respective Provinces after they arrive in Canada.
While Canada is famously welcoming to immigrants and its immigration system can seem straightforward, the process of choosing an immigration pathway and applying is still a complicated and evolving process. And complexity, especially at higher volumes, needs systems and automation to keep it manageable.
Specifically, a powerful immigration case management tool that can help you expertly manage existing clients and cases as well as the increased numbers coming down the pike.
So let’s dive into how INSZoom, an immigration case management company that was born more than twenty years ago in a San Francisco garage, is perfect for Canadian immigration attorneys and consultants to manage their cases.
Yes, INSZoom is a Canadian immigration case management platform too.
With over 70 immigration pathways, the paperwork and forms required for immigration to Canada can be overwhelming! The INSZoom Case Management System is our core platform that has all the tools Canadian immigration lawyers and consultants need to easily manage Canadian immigration, human resources, billing, and compliance.
The system is cloud-based and secure, and delivers all the tools you need to accelerate your firm’s workflows. Plus, with everything from portals to dashboards, you can manage client documents, get a snapshot of your firm’s cases and more with just a few clicks.
In addition to having your clients’ files, documents, and emails managed in one place, making case management simple and stress-free, INSZoom offers:
- Centralized client files and document management enable case managers to easily communicate with clients.
- Documents that are automatically linked to cases for easy reference.
- Access to the latest Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) forms for both federal and Provincial Nominee Programs
- IRCC forms are updated and available in our system within 72 hours of their official release.
- If some of your clients require that their data be stored in Canada, INSZoom uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers to ensure data is secure and retained within Canada.
INSZoom can also help you manage your Canadian immigration practice through automation. Zoomee is our artificial intelligence tool that will ease your workload by handling tedious administrative processes, and by using AI you’ll eliminate data errors and increase efficiency. Zoomee is constantly learning, so the more often you put it to work on Canadian immigration cases, the more skills and rules it learns.
INSZoom was the first cloud-based immigration software in the market, and since our very first product back in 2000, we’ve tried to remain on the cutting edge of the industry. We are continually updating and improving our product to make your job and your clients’ cases more manageable.
Simplify Canadian immigration with INSZoom
One-fifth of Canada’s population is foreign-born, and these immigrants have helped fueled Canada’s impressive economic growth, especially in the technology sector. Canada has built its reputation as a diverse country that welcomes immigrants and it plans on welcoming even more!
If you’re an immigration lawyer or consultant practicing Canadian immigration, you need to prepare for an increase in people seeking entry to Canada. Rely on INSZoom to manage the Canadian immigration process.