On January 23, 2019, IRCC held its 109th Express Entry draw wherein 3,900 invitations to apply were issued to candidates with a cut-off score of 443. All the candidates who created their express entry profile before January 2, 2019, at 03:55:26 UTC and had scored a CRS of 443 points and above received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw. Compared to the previous draw held on January 10, 2019, the number of ITAs issued remains the same; however, the CRS score decreased by 6 points.
According to Canada’s new multi-year immigration plan, the federal government targets to welcome more immigrants in 2019 compared to the last year i.e. 2018. Canada aims to invite 81,400 immigrants under the Express Entry program for 2019, as compared to 74,900 in the year 2018. In the first 23 days of the year, IRCC has issued 7800 Invitation to Apply.