How to Calculate your Express Entry CRS Score?
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We’re back with an addition in our Canadian Immigration Guide series.
In 2015, Canada introduced the new Express Entry system for processing applications to most federal economic immigration programs. All three programs under the Express Entry system are highly competitive. Immigration candidates are ranked against one another and only the highest-ranking candidates are selected to become Canadian permanent residents.
In order to rank immigration candidates, the Canadian government developed a merit-based points system that assigns a score to each candidate in the Express Entry pool. This points system is called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and the score assigned to each candidate is called the CRS score. Express Entry manages three programs:
Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Getting a high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score gives you a better chance of immigrating to Canada through Express Entry.
The CRS is the points-based ranking system that Canada uses to assess immigration applications in the Express Entry system. Express Entry is an application management system for three economic-class immigration programs. It is not an immigration program itself. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses the CRS to assess your profile as a candidate for immigration. Basically, the more points you get, the more likely you are to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
You get points based on factors that the Canadian government has determined will help you succeed in the labour market. Namely, your education, work experience in a skilled occupation, official language proficiency, and age. You also get scored differently depending on if you are including a spouse on your application. The CRS is out of a total of 1,200 points, though most people fall somewhere under 500 points.
Understanding how the CRS is calculated can help you to make the most of the Express Entry system and improve your chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
The Ranking System
Summary of maximum points per factor for Express Entry candidates.
|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|
- Core/Human Capital Factors: includes Age, Level of Education, Official Language Proficiency and Canadian Work Experience. The calculation is as under:
|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|
2. Spouse or Common-Law Factors: includes Level of Education, Official Language Proficiency and Canadian Work Experience.
|Level of education||10|
|Official language proficiency||20|
|Canadian Work Experience||10|
Note: A. Core/human capital + B. Spouse or common-law partner factors = Maximum 500 points (with OR without a spouse or common-law partner)
3. 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|
4. 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|
For points breakdown, section by section- talk to our Canada Immigration experts, on a free counseling session. Get comprehensive details about Express Entry pathways and guidance on how to increase your CRS Score.