Canada conducted its third Express Entry draw of the year Wednesday, issuing 3,000 invitations to apply for permanent residency. The lowest qualifying Comprehensive Ranking System score was 442. 

The number of invitations was up from 2,750 in the previous five draws. The lowest qualifying score was down two points from 444 in the last draw.

Wednesday’s draw was the seventh since Canada instituted a new tiebreaking rule, where candidates with the same Comprehensive Ranking System score are ranked by the order in which their profiles were submitted.

Date Invitations Minimum Score
Nov. 8, 2017 2,000 458
Nov. 15, 2017 2,750 439
Dec. 6, 2017 2,750 452
Dec. 20, 2017 2,750 446
Jan.10, 2018 2,750 446
Jan. 24, 2018 2,750 444
Feb. 7, 2018 3,000 442

BAL Analysis: Canada is continuing to accept a high number of individuals for permanent residency in 2018. The country issued more Express Entry invitations in 2017 than in the previous two years combined, and has announced plans to accept a total of roughly 1 million immigrants in the next three years.

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