CANADA (May 31, 2017) – Express Entry invitations remain high in latest draw

The number of invitations issued are up significantly compared with draws in 2015 and 2016

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What is the change? Canada has conducted its 15th Express Entry draw of the year, issuing 3,877 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 413.

What does the change mean? The draw followed two smaller draws last week in which a total of 543 invitations to apply were issued to applicants in the Federal Skilled Trades and Provincial Nominee programs. The number of invitations issued in Wednesday’s draw was on par with standard draws conducted so far in 2017, and up significantly compared with draws in 2015 and 2016. The minimum qualifying score of 413 was the lowest qualifying score to date, not counting last week’s draw exclusively for applicants in the Federal Skilled Trades Program. The low minimum score indicates that a wide pool of candidates continues to be accepted.

Background: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada made changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System in November. The changes benefit candidates with a valid job offer that is not supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment, provided that the employee has worked for the employer for a year and the job is in NOC 0, A or B occupations. The new scoring system also benefits candidates who have completed post-secondary education in Canada. Additional changes to the scoring system are set to go into effect in June, and they should help attract Francophone immigrants and those with siblings in Canada.

There have been 15 draws so far this year:

Date

Invitations

Minimum Score

Jan. 3

2,902

468

Jan. 11

3,334

459

Jan. 25

3,508

453

Feb. 8

3,664

447

Feb. 22

3,611

441

March 1

3,884

434

March 24

3,749

441

April 5

3,753

431

April 12

3,923

423

April 19

3,665

415

May 4

3,796

423

May 17

3,687

415

May 25*

143

775

May 25**

400

199

May 31

3,877

413

*PNP nominees only

**Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants only.

BAL Analysis: Wednesday’s draw continued the trend of high numbers of invitations and low minimum qualifying scores since the new scoring system was introduced. Canada has issued 47,896 Express Entry invitations so far this year, compared with 33,782 in all of 2016 and 31,063 in 2015.

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