Canada conducted its fourth Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 3,000 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System score was 442.

The number of invitations and the lowest qualifying score were the same as in the previous draw, conducted Feb. 7.

Wednesday’s draw was the eighth since Canada instituted a new tiebreaking rule, where candidates with the same Comprehensive Ranking System score are ranked by the order in which their profiles were submitted.

Date Invitations Minimum Score
Nov. 8, 2017 2,000 458
Nov. 15, 2017 2,750 439
Dec. 6, 2017 2,750 452
Dec. 20, 2017 2,750 446
Jan.10, 2018 2,750 446
Jan. 24, 2018 2,750 444
Feb. 7, 2018 3,000 442
Feb. 21, 2018 3,000 442

BAL Analysis: Canada continues to accept a high number of individuals for permanent residency. The country issued more Express Entry invitations in 2017 than in the previous two years combined, and has announced plans to accept a total of roughly 1 million immigrants in the next three years.