Canada conducted its first Express Entry draw of the year on Wednesday, issuing 2,750 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 446.

The number of invitations was the same as it was in the last three draws on Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. The minimum qualifying score was the same as it was in the Dec. 20 draw.

Wednesday’s draw was the fifth since Canada instituted a new tie-breaking rule, where candidates with the same CRS 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

BAL Analysis: Canada continues to accept a high number of individuals for permanent residency. The country issued more Express Entry invitations last year 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.