IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Canada has conducted its 18th Express Entry draw of 2016, issuing 750 invitations to apply. The lowest qualifying score was 538 – higher than it has been than at any point during the year.
What does the change mean? The number of invitations to apply has changed little in the past eight draws, but is down considerably compared with earlier this year. The minimum score of 538 was up significantly compared with minimum scores in recent draws.
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 18,292 so far this year. If recent trends continue, Canada will fall short of last year’s total.
Express Entry Draws in 2016:
BAL Analysis: Although the minimum score to obtain an invitation to apply is up in the latest draw, it still remains below 600 even as fewer candidates have been selected in recent Express Entry draws.
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