CANADA – Slight dip seen in latest Express Entry draw

Canada is continuing its broad trend of issuing a high number of invitations for permanent residency per draw.

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IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Canada conducted its 21st Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 2,772 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 435.

What does the change mean? The number of invitations dipped slightly, but the low minimum qualifying score of 435 indicates that a wide array of candidates is being invited to apply for permanent residence.

Background: There have been 21 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

June 28

3,409

449

July 12

3,202

440

Aug. 2

3,264

441 

Aug. 9

2,991

433

Aug. 23

3,035

434

Sept. 6

2,772

435 

*PNP nominees only

**Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants only.

BAL Analysis: Canada is continuing its broad trend of issuing a high number of invitations for permanent residency per draw. So far this year, the government has issued roughly 66,500 invitations, more than the number of invitations issued in 2016 and 2015 combined.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Canada. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney. 

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