CANADA – Canada invites 2,000 to apply for permanent residency, institutes new tie-breaking rule

The number of invitations issued in Wednesday’s draw was lower than in most draws this year, but it was conducted only a week after officials conducted draws specifically targeting applicants in the Provincial Nominee and Federal Skilled Trades programs.

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IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Canada conducted its 27th Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 2,000 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 458.

What does the change mean? The number of invitations was lower than in most draws this year, while the qualifying score of 458 was higher. On the whole, however, Canada continues to accept a high number of individuals for permanent residency. Wednesday’s draw was the first that was conducted under Canada’s new tie-breaking rule, where candidates with the same Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score will be ranked by the order in which their profiles were submitted.

Date

Invitations

Score

 

Date

Invitations

Score

Jan. 3

2,902

468

 

May 31

3,877

413

Jan. 11

3,334

459

 

June 28

3,409

449

Jan. 25

3,508

453

 

July 12

3,202

440

Feb. 8

3,664

447

 

Aug. 2

3,264

441

Feb. 22

3,611

441

 

Aug. 9

2,991

433

March 1

3,884

434

 

Aug. 23

3,035

434

March 24

3,749

441

 

Sept. 6

2,772

435

April 5

3,753

431

 

Sept. 20

2,871

433

April 12

3,923

423

 

Oct. 4

2,801

438

April 19

3,665

415

 

Oct. 18

2,757

436

May 4

3,796

423

 

Nov. 1*

290

673

May 17

3,687

415

 

Nov. 1**

505

241

May 25*

143

775

 

Nov. 8

2,000

458

May 25**

400

199

 

 

 

 

*PNP nominees only **Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants only.

BAL Analysis: The Canadian government continues to issue a high number of invitations for permanent residency. Almost 78,000 invitations have been issued so far this year, outpacing the number that were issued in all of 2016 and 2015 combined. The number of invitations issued in Wednesday’s draw was lower than in most draws this year, but it was conducted only a week after officials conducted draws specifically targeting applicants in the Provincial Nominee and Federal Skilled Trades programs.

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