CANADA – Number of invitations, minimum score remain stable in latest draw

The government has issued more than 70,000 invitations so far this year, more than the number of invitations issued in all of 2016 and 2015 combined.

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IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Canada conducted its 23rd Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 2,801 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 438.

What does the change mean? The number of invitations was on par with the last two draws after dipping slightly in the Sept. 6 draw. The low minimum qualifying score of 438, however, indicates that a wide array of candidates is being invited to apply for permanent residence.

Date

Invitations

Score

 

Date

Invitations

Score

Jan. 3

2,902

468

 

May 25*

143

775

Jan. 11

3,334

459

 

May 25**

400

199

Jan. 25

3,508

453

 

May 31

3,877

413

Feb. 8

3,664

447

 

June 28

3,409

449

Feb. 22

3,611

441

 

July 12

3,202

440

March 1

3,884

434

 

Aug. 2

3,264

441 

March 24

3,749

441

 

Aug. 9

2,991

433

April 5

3,753

431

 

Aug. 23

3,035

434

April 12

3,923

423

 

Sept. 6

2,772

435 

April 19

3,665

415

 

Sept. 20

2,871

433

May 4

3,796

423

 

Oct. 4

2,801

438

May 17

3,687

415

 

 

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

BAL Analysis: Canada is continuing its trend of issuing a high number of invitations for permanent residency. The government has issued more than 70,000 invitations so far this year, more than the number of invitations issued in all of 2016 and 2015 combined. 

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