Canada: Invitations to apply up again in latest Express Entry draw

Canada has conducted its 20th Express Entry draw of 2016, issuing 1,288 invitations to apply. The lowest qualifying score was 483.

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What does the change mean? The number of invitations was up significantly for the second straight draw after hovering between 747 and 799 from May through August and then jumping to 1,000 in the Sept. 7 draw. The minimum score dropped slightly to 483 from 491 in the Sept. 7 draw.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Permanent residency through Express Entry.
  • Who is affected: Canadian companies sponsoring foreign nationals through one of four skilled migration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
  • Business impact: The minimum qualifying score has remained under 600 in all draws this year, indicating that some candidates continue to be issued invitations to apply without having an LMIA-supported job offer or provincial nomination.

Background: Last year, Canada issued 31,063 invitations to apply through Express Entry. Officials had projected a greater number for 2016, but have issued just 20,580 so far this year.

Express Entry Draws in 2016:

Date

Invitations

Score

Date

Invitations

Score

Jan. 6

1,463

461

May 18

763

484

Jan. 13

1,518

453

June 1

762

483

Jan. 27

1,468

457

June 15

752

488

Feb. 10

1,505

459

June 29

773

482

Feb. 24

1,484

453

July 13

747

482

March 9

1,013

473

July 27

755

488

March 23

1,014

470

Aug. 10

754

490

April 6

954

470

Aug. 24

750

538

April 20

1,018

468

Sept. 7

1,000

491

May 6

799

534

Sept. 21

1,288

483

BAL Analysis: The number of invitations to apply in Wednesday’s draw hit its highest point since Feb. 24, while the minimum score remained in the 480-490 range after spiking to 538 on Aug. 24. BAL will continue to follow Canada’s Express Entry program to gauge whether the recent increase in invitations to apply will become a sustained trend.

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