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.