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Understanding Canada Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The new Express Entry system was first introduced back in 2015 for the fast-processing application of immigration candidates that applied for the federal government’s skilled worker programs. There are three programs under express entry which are all highly competitive. These Programs are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)


What is the Meaning of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS Score)?

Each program uses a pointing system to select the most competitive applicant for immigration to Canada. This point system is called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Every two weeks, the Canadian Government conducts its latest draw, where they issue Invitation to Apply (ITA) to Permanent Residence applicants with the minimum score required.

Factors that Affect CRS Score in Canada Immigration

The candidate who submits to the Express Entry System pool has a chance to score a maximum of 1200 points. There are different factors that contribute to the CRS score for Express Entry. These factors are:

  • Core / Human Capital Factors
  • Spouse or Common-Law Factors
  • Skill Transferability Factors
  • Additional Points

How to Calculate Your CRS Score in Canada Express Entry?

The table below shows the corresponding points for each factor. You can use this as a reference to check your CRS Score.

Core / Human Capital Factors
Criteria Max Points Awarded (with Spouse) Max Points Awarded (without Spouse)
Age 100 110
Level of Education 140 150
Official Language Proficiency 150 160
Canadian Work Experience 70 80


Spouse or Common-law Partner
Criteria Max Points Awarded
Level of Education 10
Official Language Proficiency 20
Canadian Work Experience 10


Skill Transferability Factors
Education Max Points Awarded
With good language proficiency + a post-secondary degree 50
With Canadian work experience + a post-secondary degree 50
Foreign Work Experience Max Points Awarded
With good official language proficiency + foreign work experience 50
With Canadian work experience + foreign work experience 50
Certificate of Qualification (trades occupations) Max Points Awarded
With good language proficiency + a certificate of qualification 50


Additional Points
Criteria Max Points Awarded
Brother or sister living in Canada 15
French Language Proficiency 30
Post-secondary Education in Canada 30
Arranged Employment 200
Provincial Nomination 600

Need assistance in calculating your CRS score online? You can contact us or you can use Canada’s CRS score calculator.

 Ways to Improve Your CRS Score

Let’s say you did not reach the required minimum CRS Score for Canada PR. Don’t lose hope! There are still ways to improve a low CRS Score for aspiring Canada Immigrants. Below are some of the option to increase your CRS points:

  • Job Offer- An authentic job offer from a Canadian Employer can boost your CRS points between 50-200 additional score. On the other hand, the points you will receive depends on what job occupation you are offered.
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs)- Each province and territory in Canada has its own immigration program called Provincial Nominee Program. Were they issue invitations to apply from the Province to eligible applicants. Receiving this invitation allows the applicant to claim 600 points towards their CRS score.
  • Retake your language test – Consider retaking an approved language test in English or French with the highest possible result to ensure that you’re getting as many points as possible. Check the required IELTS score to be Qualified for Canada Immigration.


Do you think you are qualified for Express Entry Programs? Know your eligibility and discover your migration options in Canada. Feel free to contact us and our team of experts will be happily assisting you towards your immigration journey.


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