Canada: Latest Express Entry Draw Remains Low, but With Higher Qualifying Score than Previous Draws

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will invite 750 candidates to apply for permanent residence in its most recent Express Entry draw. The minimum qualifying score for this draw will increase to 538, substantially higher than previous draws.

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Aug 24, 2016
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is conducting its 41st Express Entry draw through tomorrow.

  • IRCC will issue 750 invitations to those who have submitted an Expression of Interest to apply for permanent residence.
  • The minimum qualifying score for this draw is 538, a substantial increase from the last draw's qualifying score of 490.

The number of invitations remains low, as in recent draws. The frequency and size of Express Entry draws are at the discretion of IRCC.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

While a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or Provincial Nomination (PN) approval will guarantee an employee's selection and invitation for permanent residence, such documents are not required in all cases.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to canada@fragomen.com.

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