IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Canada has conducted its eighth Express Entry draw of 2016, issuing 954 invitations to apply.
What does the change mean? The lowest qualifying score was 470, the same minimum score as in the last draw. This indicates that the minimum score to qualify for an invitation to apply for permanent residency has risen from earlier in the year, but remains low.
Background: In 2015, Canada issued 31,063 invitations to apply through Express Entry, and officials have projected a greater number for 2016. So far this year, Canada has issued 10,419 invitations to apply:
BAL Analysis: Despite the increases in the minimum qualifying score in the last three drawings, the minimum score remains in the low range and below 600. The number of invitations issued per draw has dropped off since February and the latest draw had the lowest number of invitations, which could indicate a shift in resources toward family reunification, as detailed in recent government immigration projections.
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