IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Canada has conducted its 20th Express Entry draw of 2016, issuing 1,288 invitations to apply. The lowest qualifying score was 483.
What does the change mean? The number of invitations was up significantly for the second straight draw after hovering between 747 and 799 from May through August and then jumping to 1,000 in the Sept. 7 draw. The minimum score dropped slightly to 483 from 491 in the Sept. 7 draw.
Background: Last year, Canada issued 31,063 invitations to apply through Express Entry. Officials had projected a greater number for 2016, but have issued just 20,580 so far this year.
Express Entry Draws in 2016:
BAL Analysis: The number of invitations to apply in Wednesday’s draw hit its highest point since Feb. 24, while the minimum score remained in the 480-490 range after spiking to 538 on Aug. 24. BAL will continue to follow Canada’s Express Entry program to gauge whether the recent increase in invitations to apply will become a sustained trend.
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