Canada conducted its 23rd Express Entry draw of the year Monday, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent residency, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 442.

Analysis & Comment: The latest draw is consistent with the overall trend in recent draws, with a high number of invitations and a low minimum qualifying score. Applicants are reminded of the importance of submitting their Express Entry profiles as early as possible, since the deciding factor under new tie-breaking rules for applicants with the same scores will be the date and time they submitted their profiles in the Express Entry pool.

Background: The Express Entry system prioritizes permanent residence candidates in four skilled migration programs—Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program—on a points system that considers such factors as current job offer, education, skills, work experience and age, among others. Candidates register their profiles online through the Express Entry system. Draws are conducted roughly every two weeks, usually for all four categories but sometimes limited to one or two of them. The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration publishes results of each draw, indicating the number of invitations for permanent residence that are issued and the minimum score needed to earn an invitation. Individuals who receive an invitation must apply for permanent residency within 60 days (recently shortened from 90 days).

The following chart lists the Express Entry Draws to date in 2018:

Date Invitations Minimum Score
Jan.10 2,750 446
Jan. 24 2,750 444
Feb. 7 3,000 442
Feb. 21 3,000 442
March 14 3,000 456
March 26 3,000 446
April 11 3,500 444
April 25 3,500 441
May 9 3,500 441
May 23 3,500 440
May 30 700* (500 Federal Skilled Trades; 200 Provincial Nominees) 288 (Federal Skilled Trades); 902 (Provincial Nominees)
June 13 3,750 451
June 25 3,750 442
July 11 3,750 442
July 25 3,750 441
Aug. 8 3,750 440
Aug. 22 3,750 440
Sept. 5 3,900 440
Sept. 19 3,500 441
Sept. 24 400** 284
Oct. 3 3,900 445
Oct. 15 3,900 440
Oct. 29 3,900 442

*Draw limited to two programs.
**Draw limited to Federal Skilled Trades program.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.