Express Entry draw figures for January 9 are below.
The first Express Entry draw of 2019 took place on January 9, 2019, and once again Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 3,900 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off for the January 9 Express Entry draw was 449 points.
As in recent draws, a tie-break was applied for the January 9 draw, meaning that not all candidates with 449 points may receive an invitation to apply (ITA). As multiple candidates may have 449 CRS points, those who have had a profile in the pool before January 2, 2019 at 11:40:53 UTC were prioritized.
The longer-than-usual gap between the two most recent draws likely contributed to an increase in the CRS cut-off threshold this time around, as there was more time for new candidates to enter the pool and for existing candidates to increase their CRS score. The CRS cut-off threshold for the previous draw, and the final draw of 2018, was 439. That draw took place on December 19.
The record low Express Entry cut-off threshold ever is 413. With Canada set to invite increasing numbers of Express Entry candidates over the coming years, thresholds around that number, and possibly lower, may become a reality.
CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of January 3, 2019
The following table shows the distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool just six days before the latest Express Entry draw. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.
- Want to improve your Express Entry CRS score? See our updated guide for tips you might not have thought of yet.
On October 31, 2018, the government of Canada revealed its updated Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021. It outlined Canada’s commitment to increase the numbers accepted through the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class to around 256,000 over the next three years, with another 200,000 or so new permanent residents to settle through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) before the end of 2021.
Many invited Express Entry candidates benefit from obtaining a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream. You can get the latest updates on with PNP streams are open and available on our Canada PNP Live Tracker.
Moreover, changes to Express Entry have led to an increasing number of candidates who studied in Canada being invited to apply for permanent immigration to Canada.
- See our study in Canada section for details.
More invitations are expected to be issued over the coming weeks, months, and years, benefiting individuals and families around the world wishing to make Canada their new permanent home.
The Comprehensive Ranking System is a score out of 1,200 used to benchmark federal economic applicants against one another.
It’s a part of the Express Entry mechanism, which was established in January 2015 to process residency applications.
The score is used as a cut-off point in Express Entry draws. It is designed to project a candidate’s likelihood of being economically successful in Canada.
If you are in the Express Entry pool but are yet to receive an invitation to apply, please visit our page on tips to improve your CRS score.
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