What is the change? Canada has conducted its ninth Express Entry draw of the year, issuing 3,923 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 423.

What does the change mean? The number of invitations issued was the highest number issued since the program was introduced in January 2015. The minimum qualifying score of 423 was the lowest qualifying score to date, indicating that a wide pool of candidates continues to be accepted.

Background: Canada made significant changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System in November. The changes benefit candidates with a valid job offer that is not supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment, provided the employee has worked for the employer for a year and the job is in NOC 0, A or B occupations. The new scoring system also benefits candidates who have completed post-secondary education in Canada. Additional changes to the scoring system are set to go into effect in June, and they should help attract Francophone immigrants and those with siblings in Canada.

There have been nine draws so far this year:

Date Invitations Score
Jan. 3 2,902 468
Jan. 11 3,334 459
Jan. 25 3,508 453
Feb. 8 3,664 447
Feb. 22 3,611 441
March 1 3,884 434
March 24 3,749 441
April 5 3,753 431
April 12 3,923 423

 BAL Analysis: The latest draw continues the trend of high numbers of invitations and low minimum qualifying scores since the new scoring system was introduced.

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