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Canada Express Entry – Comprehensive Ranking System

 

Comprehensive Ranking System is a points-based system administered by the Canada Express Entry System to choose eligible candidates from the pool of immigration aspirants. The system uses several parameters/factors to evaluate the profile and grant the Invitation to Apply (ITA). These parameters/factors correspond to certain points wherein applicants receive particular points for each factor. The accumulated points are known as the CRS Score of an applicant, which will decide the fate of their immigration.

 

The Express Entry system conducts draws twice a month to grant invitations to apply (ITA) to the eligible candidates. Each draw declares the minimum CRS Points requirement wherein applicants with threshold CRS points will get the ITA approval. Applicants get the CRS score upon filing the expression of interest in the official CIC account by uploading all the relevant documents.

Check Your Eligibility

Choose the best answer:

  • If you’ve been invited to apply, enter your age on the date you were invited.
    OR
  • If you plan to complete an Express Entry profile, enter your current age.

Enter the highest level of education for which you:

  • earned a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate or
  • had an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) if you did your study outside Canada. (ECAs must be from an approved agency, in the last five years)

Note: a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate must either have been earned at an accredited Canadian university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute in Canada. Distance learning counts for education points, but not for bonus points in your profile or application.

Note: to answer yes:

  • English or French as a Second Language must not have made up more than half your study
  • you must not have studied under an award that required you to return to your home country after graduation to apply your skills and knowledge
  • you must have studied at a school within Canada (foreign campuses don’t count)
  • you had to be enrolled full time for at least eight months, and have been physically present in Canada for at least eight months

Official languages: Canada's official languages are English and French.

You need to submit language test results that are less than two years old for all programs under Express Entry, even if English or French is your first language.

Enter your test scores:

If so, which language test did you take for your second official language?

Test results must be less than two years old.

Enter your test scores for:

Work Experience

It must have been paid and full-time (or an equal amount in part-time).

Note: In Canada, the National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the official list of all the jobs in the Canadian labour market. It describes each job according to skill type, group and level.

"Skilled work" in the NOC is:

  • managerial jobs (NOC Skill Level 0)
  • professional jobs (NOC Skill Type A)
  • technical jobs and skilled trades/manual work (NOC Skill Type B)

If you aren’t sure of the NOC level for this job, you can find your NOC.

It must have been paid, full-time (or an equal amount in part-time), and in only one occupation (NOC skill type 0, A or B).

Note: A certificate of qualification lets people work in some skilled trades in Canada. Only the provinces, territories and a federal body can issue these certificates. To get one, a person must have them assess their training, trade experience and skills to and then pass a certification exam.

People usually have to go to the province or territory to be assessed. They may also need experience and training from an employer in Canada.

This isn’t the same as a nomination from a province or territory.

Additional Points

A valid job offer must be

  • full-time
  • in a skilled job listed as Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B in the 2011 National Occupational Classification
  • supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or exempt from needing one
  • for one year from the time you become a permanent resident

A job offer isn’t valid if your employer is:

  • an embassy, high commission or consulate in Canada or
  • on the list of ineligible employers.

Whether an offer is valid or not also depends on different factors, depending on your case. See a full list of criteria for valid job offers.

You can use our online tool to find out if you don’t know.

Note: to answer yes, the brother or sister must be:

  • 18 years old or older
  • related to you or your partner by blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption
  • have a parent in common with you or your partner

A brother or sister is related to you by:

  • blood (biological)
  • adoption
  • marriage (step-brother or step-sister)
  • earned a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate; or
  • had an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)? (ECAs must be from an approved agency, in the last five years)

To get the correct number of points, make sure you choose the answer that best reflects your case. For example:

If you have TWO Bachelor’s degrees, or one Bachelor’s AND a two year college diploma, choose – “Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years.”

It must have been paid, full-time (or an equal amount in part-time), and in one or more NOC 0, A or B jobs.

Test results must be less than two years old.

Enter the test scores for:

 

Your results

All Express Entry candidates get a score out of 1,200, based on the four parts of the Comprehensive Ranking System formula.

We invite the highest-ranking candidates from the pool to apply as a permanent resident through regular “rounds of invitations.” See what minimum scores have been in the past.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

What are the categories under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Criteria?

  • Core / Human Capital Factors
  • Spouse/common-law partner Factors
  • Skill Transferability Factors
  • Additional Factors:
    • Provincial Nomination
    • Arranged Employment
    • French Language proficiency
    • Canadian Study Experience
    • Sibling Living in Canada

 

What are the maximum points earned for each factor of CRS Criteria?

CORE / HUMAN CAPITAL FACTORS

Factors

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner

Points - Without a spouse or common-law partner

Age

100

110

Level of Education

140

150

Language Proficiency

150

160

Canadian Work Experience

70

80

 

SPOUSE/COMMON-LAW PARTNER FACTORS

Factors

Points Per Factor

Level of Education

10

Language Proficiency

20

Canadian Work Experience

10

 

SKILL TRANSFERABILITY FACTORS

Education

Points per factor (maximum 50 points)

Good language proficiency and a post-secondary degree

50

Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree

50

Foreign work experience

Points per factor (maximum 50 points)

Language proficiency with minimum CLB 7 and Foreign work experience (Native)

50

Canadian work experience and foreign work experience (Native/home country)

50

Certificate of qualification (for professionals in trade occupations)

Points per factor (maximum 50 points)

Good language proficiency and a certificate of qualification

50

 

ADDITIONAL FACTORS

Factors

Maximum Points Per factor

Siblings in Canada (Permanent Resident or Citizen)

15

French Language Proficiency

50

Post-Secondary Education gained in Canada

30

Arranged Employment / Job Offer from Canada

200

Canada PNP nomination

600

 

What is the point breakdown of each factor of CRS Criteria?

CORE / HUMAN CAPITAL FACTORS

Age

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 100 Points)

Points – Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 110 Points)

Maximum 17 age

0

0

18 years of Age

90

99

19 years of Age

95

105

20 years to 29 years of Age

100

110

30 years of Age

95

105

31 years of Age

90

99

32 years of Age

85

94

33 years of Age

80

88

34 years of Age

75

83

35 years of Age

70

77

36 years of Age

65

72

37 years of Age

60

66

38 years of Age

55

61

39 years of Age

50

55

40 years of Age

45

50

41 years of Age

35

39

42 years of Age

25

28

43 years of Age

15

17

44 years of Age

5

6

45 years of age or more

0

0

 

Education

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 140 Points)

Points – Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 150 Points)

Less than High School

0

0

Secondary Diploma (High School)

28

30

One year degree, diploma, or certificate from a recognized institution

84

90

Two Year program from a recognized institution

91

98

Bachelor’s Degree or a Three or more year program from a recognized institution

112

120

Two or more Diplomas, Certificates, or Degrees. (One must be a three-year program)

119

128

Master’s Degree or a Professional Degree (Licensed Profession)

126

135

Doctoral Level Degree (Ph.D.)

140

150

 

CLB Level per ability – Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening (First Official Language)

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 128 Points)

Points – Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 136 Points)

Less than CLB 4

0

0

CLB 4 or CLB 5

6 per ability

6 per ability

CLB 6

8 per ability

9 per ability

CLB 7

16 per ability

17 per ability

CLB 8

22 per ability

23 per ability

CLB 9

29 per ability

31 per ability

CLB 10 or more

32 per ability

34 per ability

 

CLB Level per ability (Second Official Language)

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 22 Points)

Points – Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 24 Points)

CLB 4 or less than CLB 4

0

0

CLB 5 or CLB 6

1 per ability

1 per ability

CLB 7 or CLB 8

3 per ability

3 per ability

CLB 9 or more

6 per ability

6 per ability

 

Canadian Work Experience

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 70 Points)

Points – Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 80 Points)

None or less than one year

0

0

1 Year

35

40

2 Years

46

53

3 Years

56

64

4 Years

63

72

5 Years or more

70

80

 

SPOUSE/COMMON-LAW PARTNER FACTORS

Spouse or Common-Law Partner’s Education

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 10 Points)

Less than High School

0

Secondary Diploma (High School)

2

One year program from a recognized institution

6

Two Year program from a recognized institution

7

Bachelor’s Degree or a Three or more year program from a recognized institution

8

Two or more Diplomas, Certificates, or Degrees. (One must be a three-year program)

9

Master’s Degree or a Professional Degree (Licensed Profession)

10

Doctoral Level Degree (Ph.D.)

10

 

Spouse’s CLB Level per ability - Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

Points - With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 20 Points)

CLB 4 or Less than CLB 4

0

CLB 5 or CLB 6

1 per ability

CLB 7 or CLB 8

3 per ability

CLB 9 or more

5 per ability

 

Spouse’s Canadian Work Experience

Points – With a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 10 Points)

None or less than one year

0

1 Year

5

2 Years

7

3 Years

8

4 Years

9

5 Years or more

10

 

SKILL TRANSFERABILITY FACTORS

Post-Secondary Education with minimum CLB 7 Language Proficiency

Points for CLB 7 or more for all abilities (maximum 25 points)

Points for CLB 9 or more for all abilities (maximum 50 points)

High School certificate or less

0

0

Post-secondary program of one year or more

13

25

Two or more Post-secondary programs and a minimum of one program must be of three years duration or more

25

50

Master’s Degree or a Professional Degree (Licensed Profession)

25

50

Doctoral Level Degree (Ph.D.)

25

50

 

Post-Secondary Education with Canadian Work Experience

Points for more than 1 year of Canadian Work Experience (maximum 25 points)

Points for more than 2 years of Canadian Work Experience (maximum 50 points)

High School certificate or less

0

0

Post-secondary program of one year or more

13

25

Two or more Post-secondary programs and a minimum of one program must be of three years duration or more

25

50

Master’s Degree or a Professional Degree (Licensed Profession)

25

50

Doctoral Level Degree (Ph.D.)

25

50

 

Foreign Experience (Home Country)

Points for foreign Experience + CLB 7 or more (maximum 25 points)

Points for foreign Experience + CLB 9 or more (maximum 50 points)

1 or 2 years of Experience

13

25

3 years or more of Experience

25

50

 

Foreign Experience (Home Country) & Canadian Experience

Points for foreign Experience + more than 1 year of Canadian Experience (maximum 25 points)

Points for foreign Experience + more than 2 years of Canadian Experience (maximum 50 points)

1 or 2 years of Experience

13

25

3 years or more of Experience

25

50

 

Certificate of Qualification (For professionals in trade occupations) with Good CLB

Points for Certificate of Qualification + CLB 5 or more (maximum 25 points)

Points for Certificate of Qualification + CLB 7 or more (maximum 50 points)

With a Certification of Qualification

25

50

 

ADDITIONAL FACTORS

Factors

Points Per factor

Siblings in Canada (Permanent Resident or Citizen)

15

NCLC 7 or more in French Language and minimum CLB 4 (Or No English Test)

25

NCLC 7 or more in French Language and minimum CLB 5 or higher

50

Post-Secondary Education gained in Canada one or two years

15

Post-Secondary Education gained in Canada three years or more

30

Arranged Employment / Job Offer from Canada in NOC Type 00

200

Arranged Employment / Job Offer from Canada in NOC Type 0, A or B

50

Canada PNP nomination

600

 

How can Abhinav help you in Canada Express Entry & CRS?

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

  1. How is CRS points different from the eligibility points?

    CRS points are dedicated to selecting a suitable candidate for Canadian Immigration which considers factors such as Age, Experience, Education, language proficiency, spouse factors, arranged employment, and foreign or Canadian education and work experience. In contrast, the Canada Eligibility points system is a preliminary stage to become eligible for the Canada Express Entry program, which involves the factors such as age, Experience, Education, language proficiency & adaptability.

     

  2. What is the minimum IELTS required for Canada Express Entry and CRS?

    Under the Canada Express Entry, an applicant must score a minimum of CLB 7 which means the applicant must score a minimum of 6.0 bands in each component of Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking in IELTS General. However, the applicant must score more than CLB 7 to improve the chances of getting selected by authorities.

     

  3. How to improve CRS Scores?

    There are several measures to improve CRS points under the express entry:

  • You can reappear for the IELTS examination and improve your IELTS score, which will reflect in CRS
  • Change primary applicant or acquire spousal points from qualification
  • Apply for Canada PNP and achieve PNP nomination, which will grant 600 additional CRS points
  • Gain Canadian Experience and Education which will reflect in CRS
  • Try to get a job offer from Canadian employers and earn 50 to 200 CRS points

 

  1. What are the factors to consider in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?

    Applicants must demonstrate high points in Age, Experience (Foreign), Canadian Experience, Education (Foreign), Canadian Education, Language Proficiency (English or French), arranged employment, spousal qualification, spousal language proficiency, and certification of qualification. The higher the points scored in each factor, the higher is your chance of getting selected.

    Even if you seek more information about comprehensive Ranking system you can write an email on [email protected] and one of the most experienced immigration consultants (Abhinav Immigration) will get in touch with you to help you out with your questions and concerns or you can also choose to call us on +91-8595338595 or directly interact with the expert through our Live Chat window.

 

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