CRS or Comprehensive Ranking System is a merit-based points system that assigns a score to each candidate in the Express Entry pool. The score assigned to each person is called a CRS score. Your CRS score is based on the following factors:
- Spouse/Partner as a Principal Applicant
- Work Experience
Anyone who applies for the Express Entry profile receives a CRS score out of 1200 points. Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw, where they issue a round of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to the highest-ranking candidates. Note that IRCC does not disclose information regarding the date of the draw, the number of ITAs that will be issued, or the minimum required CRS score in advance of the draw.
All Factors and Maximum CRS Points
|Factors||Maximum Points Available|
|A. Core / Human Capital Factors||460 (with spouse)|
500 (without spouse)
|B. Spouse or Common-Law Factors||40|
|C. Skill Transferability Factors||100|
|D. Additional Points||600|
|Maximum Total Points||1200|
A. Core / Human Capital Factors
|With a spouse or common-law partner||Without a spouse or common-law partner|
|Level of education||140||150|
|Official languages proficiency||150||160|
|Canadian work experience||70||80|
B. Spouse or Common Law Factors
|Level of education||10|
|Official language proficiency||20|
|Canadian Work Experience||10|
|A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors = Maximum 500 points (with OR without a spouse or common-law partner)|
C. Skill Transferability Factors
|With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree||50|
|With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree||50|
|Foreign work experience|
|With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher) and foreign work experience||50|
|With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience||50|
|Certificate of qualification (for people in trade occupations)|
|With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification||50|
|A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner + C. Transferability factors = Maximum 600 points|
D. Additional Points
|Brother or sister living in Canada (citizen or permanent resident)||15|
|French language skills||30|
|Post-secondary education in Canada||30|
|A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors + C. Transferability factors + D. Additional points = Grand total – Maximum 1,200 points|
Improve Your CRS Score
There are two major ways to improve your CRS score so you can enhance your chances of immigrating to Canada. The first is to perfect your Express Entry profile. The second is to proactively prepare for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) or Provincial Nomination. Scroll down to learn more.
1. Perfect your profile
Perfecting your profile will help paint a positive picture of yourself to whoever looks at your profile. It is important to display yourself accurately, as there are serious consequences for misrepresentation. The first thing to keep in mind is that the requirements to enter the Express Entry pool are not necessarily the same as those that will maximize your CRS score.
Within your profile, there are certain categories where you can improve your score including in:
- Education (you can obtain certificates)
- Gather more work experience
2. Proactively Prepare for an ITA or Provincial Nomination
Regardless of your CRS score, everyone in the Express Entry pool should be proactively preparing for an ITA or provincial nomination.
You might only have a CRS score of 299, but a provincial nomination could suddenly increase your score by 600 points, making an ITA in the next Express Entry invitation round all but guaranteed.
Candidates have only 60 days to submit their complete application after receiving an ITA, and several PNPs afford even less time. Having the documents prepared in advance means you are ready to go as soon as you’re invited.
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