What is CRS Score?

It is known that Canada is the most welcoming country in the world for immigrants. Canada announces their target number of immigrants every year, which is hundreds of thousands. Immigration closes the gaps in Canada’s economy especially in acquiring skillful immigrants that fills in labor shortages. While there are also other countries like the USA, Australia, and United Kingdom with immigration programs for aspiring immigrants, Canada is by far the leading country with higher acceptance rate and a—not necessarily easy but—very viable program for immigration. 

Canada’s federal government launched the Express Entry program on January 1, 2015 which is its main immigration online system. Express Entry treats immigration in an economical approach, making work experience a common denominator across the three immigration programs under it which are Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker, and Provincial Nomination Program.

Express entry is a point-based immigration system that ranks and invites aspiring immigrants by using an assessment tool called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Through this tool, applicants are given points in different core and additional factors such as age, education level, Canadian and foreign work experience, language abilities, and your spouse’s credentials. 

You can get a total of 1200 CRS points:

600 points from Core factors:

  1. Skills and experience factors
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
  3. Skills transferability, including education and work experience

600 points from additional factors:

  1. Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  2. a valid job offer
  3. a nomination from a province or territory
  4. a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
  5. strong French language skills

Core points + Additional points = your total score

Core / human capital factors

FactorHighest Possible Score WIthout SpouseHighest Possible Score With Spouse
Level of  Education150140
Canadian Work Experience8070
Age110100
Official Languages Proficiency160150

 Spouse or common-law partner factors (Max 40 points)

FactorHighest Possible Score
Level of Education10
Canadian work experience10
Official language proficiency 20

Skill Transferability factors (Max 100 points)

EducationHighest Possible Score
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree50
With Canadian work experience and  a post-secondary degree50
Foreign work experienceHighest Possible Score
With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher) and foreign work experience50
With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience50
Certificate of qualification (for people in trade occupations)Highest Possible Score
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification50

Additional points (Max 600 points)

FactorHighest Possible Score
Post-secondary education in Canada30
French language skills50
Brother or sister living in Canada (citizen or permanent resident)15
Arranged employment200
Provincial Nomination 600


Why is it important for international students or graduates to know about CRS? 

Any temporary resident such as an international student or graduate who wishes to become a permanent resident in Canada must know how to use or at least interpret the CRS tool to know their score and assess their standings. The earlier you determine your score, the better. This way you have an idea if you have a competitive profile by Canada’s immigration standard—and if not, you’ll have sufficient time to make up for what you are lacking. 

Canada’s need for immigrants and you wanting to immigrate is not enough to get that permanent residency, you must know how to play your cards well. The only way to make it happen is by perseverance and patience. 

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