COMPREHENSIVE RANKING SYSTEM

Understanding how CRS points are calculated

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has supplied the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for its Express Entry immigration selection systems, which comprises,  the three federal programs managed through Express Entry, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

To see what points you may score in the CRS system complete the Free Assessment here

The CRS ranks eligible candidates for immigration to Canada through Express Entry under the following components:

  • core human capital factors;

  • accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors;

  • skill transferability factors; and

  • factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment.

 

NOTE: The Government of Canada made changes to the CRS System that came into effect on June 06, 2017. These changes are already reflected here.  

 

There are a total of 1,200 points available under the CRS System.

For candidates without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, there are:

  • a maximum of 500 points available for core human capital factors;

  • a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and

  • 600 points available for Provincial Nominations

  • 50 - 200 points for valid job offers supported with LMIA's

  • Up to 150 points for Canadian experience (Canadian experience counts after 1 year of employment in Canada)

 

For candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, there are:

  • a maximum of 460 points available for core human capital factors of the principal applicant;

  • a maximum of 40 points for the core human capital factors of the spouse or common-law partner;

  • a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and

  • 600 points available for Provincial Nominations

  • 50 - 200 points for valid job offers supported with LMIA's

  • Up to 150 points for Canadian experience (Canadian experience counts after 1 year of employment in Canada)

 

Changes which came into effect on June 6, 2017:

 

Further changes are scheduled to be introduced as of June 6, 2017. These changes will award additional points to candidates with French ability and to candidates with a sibling in Canada.

 

French ability

  • 15 additional points will be awarded to candidates who prove adequate intermediate (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7) or better French ability, and English ability of CLB 4 or lower.

  • 30 additional points will be awarded to French speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate or better French ability, and who also prove English ability of CLB 5 or better.

 

Sibling in Canada

  • 15 additional points will be awarded to candidates with a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age. These points may also be awarded if the candidate’s spouse or common-law partner has a sibling in Canada. The candidate or his or her spouse/common-law partner must share a mother and/or father with the sibling in Canada. This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership.

Comprehensive Ranking System: Core Human Capital Factors

As a reference to the tables below, "P" refers to the primary applicant and "S" refers to the spouse or common-law partner.

AGE

LEVEL OF EDUCATION

FIRST LANGUAGE ABILITY (Either English or French)

SECOND LANGUAGE ABILITY (Either English or French)

CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE

Comprehensive Ranking System: Skills Transferability Factors

A maximum of 100 points are awarded for your skill transferability factors. There are five combinations of such skill transferability, with a maximum of 50 points awarded for each combination. Even if your score is more than 100 points in total, only 100 points will be awarded under the CRS System. Applicants with or without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner are awarded points for skill transferability in exactly the same way. There are no points available for the skill transferability of your spouse or common-law partner.

 

As a reference to the tables below, "P" refers to the primary applicant and "S" refers to the spouse or common-law partner.

EDUCATION & CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION & LANGUAGE ABILITY

LANGUAGE ABILITY & NON-CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE

CANADIAN & NON-CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE

CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION IN A TRADE & LANGUAGE ABILITY

Comprehensive Ranking System: Additional Points

Points are only assigned for Canadian study experience if, for the purpose of obtaining the credential, the candidate:

  • studied in Canada at a Canadian educational institution;

  • was enrolled in full-time study or training for at least eight months; and

  • was physically present in Canada for at least eight months.

 

The maximum available number of points for these additional factors for any one candidate is 600 points. Therefore, if a candidate has completed a Canadian post-secondary study program and obtains an enhanced nomination certificate from a Canadian province, he or she will be awarded 600 points for these additional factors (rather than 615 or 630 points).

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