IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Canada conducted its 17th Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 3,202 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying score was 440.
What does the change mean? The number of invitations issued was lower than it has been in most draws this year, and down by about 200 invitations from the last draw. The minimum qualifying score, while down slightly from the June 28 draw, remained higher than minimum scores in April and May. This is likely in part because of a change in the scoring system that awards more points to Francophone immigrants and those with siblings in Canada.
Background: There have been 17 draws so far this year:
*PNP nominees only
**Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants only.
BAL Analysis: The minimum score remained high when compared with most draws since April, but on the whole this year, Canada continues to issue a high number of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Canada has issued 54,507 Express Entry invitations so far in 2017, compared with 33,782 in all of 2016 and 31,063 in 2015.
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