Minimum points begin to rise in latest Express Entry draw

23 Oct 15



What is the change? In the latest Express Entry draw, conducted Friday, the minimum qualifying score was 489, indicating that minimum scores are beginning to creep up again, from a low of 450 points in previous draws.

What does the change mean? The minimum scores to be invited to apply for permanent residency may be levelling off after reaching a low in the past month.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Permanent residency through Express Entry.
  • Who is affected: Canadian employers sponsoring foreign nationals through one of four skilled migration programs – Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
  • Business impact: With the numbers still hovering in the high 400s, this indicates that some candidates were issued an invitation to apply without an LMIA-supported job offer or provincial nomination.

Background: On Friday, 1,502 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence as a result of the 19th draw. A total of 25,044 invitations have been issued since the program was launched in January 2015.

BAL Analysis: While the minimum score remains relatively low, employers are reminded that there is still a significant advantage to foreign candidates who hold an LMIA-based job offer or provincial nomination, as this earns the candidate 600 points out of a possible 1,200.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Canada. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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