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How to calculate Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score?

How to calculate Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score?

About Comprehensive Ranking System

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used by the Canadian Government to rank and select the skilled worker candidates who want to immigrate to Canada under Express Entry Program. A score is being awarded to the candidates based on their human capital factors such as age, education, language skills, and work experience. It is a detailed and evidence-based approach for scoring and ranking the candidates.

CRS evaluates the candidates and their partner or spouse if they have one on the basis of their human capital. Then they provide a CRS score based on human capital characteristics. The candidates with the highest scores receive ITA, Invitation To Apply for permanent residence.
Canadian Government holds Express Entry draws every two weeks for inviting the top-scoring candidates.

There is a total of 1200 points available under CRS.

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 additional factors (including a provincial nomination, an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability.

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 additional factors (including a provincial nomination, an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability).

French ability

  • 25 additional points for French-speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7) or better French ability, and English language test results of CLB 4 or lower, or no English test results at all.
  • 50 additional points for French-speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate or better French ability, and who also prove English language test result of CLB 5 or better.

Sibling in Canada

  • 15 additional points for candidates with a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or PR, 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.
Core Human Capital Factors in CRS
Age (in years)With an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum points- 100)
Without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
(Maximum points- 110)
under 1800
189099
1995105
20-29100110
3095105
319099
328594
338088
347583
357077
366572
376066
385561
395055
404550
413539
422528
431517
4456
45 & above00
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Level of Education
Level of Education With an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points for Primary Applicant- 140, for spouse- 10)
Without an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points- 150)
Less than secondary (high) school credential0 points0
Secondary school credential PA- 28
Spouse- 2
30
One year post-secondary program PA- 84
Spouse- 6
90
Two year post-secondary program PA- 91
Spouse- 7
98
Post-secondary program of 3 or more years PA- 112
Spouse- 8
120
Two or more post-secondary programs, of which at least one was completed after a post-secondary program of three or more years PA- 119
Spouse- 9
128
Master’s or entry-to-practice professional degree PA- 126
Spouse- 10
135
Doctoral Degree (PhD) PA- 140
Spouse- 10
150
First Language Ability (English or French)
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)With an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points for Primary Applicant- 128, for spouse- 20)
Without an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points- 136)
For each language abilityPA- 32
Spouse- 5
34
CLB 3 or lower00
CLB 4PA- 6
Spouse- 0
6
CLB 5PA- 6
Spouse- 1
6
CLB 6PA- 8
Spouse- 1
9
CLB 7PA- 16
Spouse- 3
17
CLB 8PA- 22
Spouse- 3
23
CLB 9PA- 29
Spouse- 5
31
CLB 10 & abovePA- 32
Spouse- 5
34
These Points are for each language ability: speaking, writing, reading and listening, respectively.
Second Language Ability (English or French)
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) With an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points- 22)
Without an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points- 24)
For each language ability 66
CLB 4 or lower 00
CLB 5 or 6 11
CLB 7 or 8 33
CLB 9 & above66
These Points are for each language ability: speaking, writing, reading and listening, respectively.

Canadian Work Experience
Number of YearsWith an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points for Primary Applicant- 70, for spouse- 10)
Without an accompanying spouse
(Maximum points- 80)
Less than 100
1PA- 35
Spouse- 5
40
2PA- 46
Spouse- 7
53
3PA- 56
Spouse- 8
64
4PA- 63
Spouse- 9
72
5 & abovePA- 70
Spouse- 10
80
Skill Transferabilty Factors in CRS

A total of 100 points are awarded for candidate’s skill transferability factors. There are five combinations in skill transferability, with a maximum of 50 points awarded for each combination.

Even if a candidate scores more than 100 points in total, only 100 points will be awarded under CRS. Candidates 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 a candidate’s spouse or common-law partner.

Education and Canadian Work Experience
Education1 year of Canadian Work Experience 2 or more years of Canadian Work Experience
No post- secondary education 00
Post-secondary education of 1 year or longer1325
Two or more post-secondary credentials, the first of which was 3 or more years in duration2550
A university-level credential at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required2550
A university-level credential at the doctoral level2550
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Education and Language Ability
EducationCLB 7 or higher on all language abilities, with at least one of these CLB 8 CLB 7 or higher on all language abilities
No post- secondary education 00
Post-secondary education of 1 year or longer1325
Two or more post-secondary credentials, the first of which was 3 or more years in duration2550
A university-level credential at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required2550
A university-level credential at the doctoral level2550
Language Ability and Non-Canadian Work Experience
Non-Canadian Work Experience CLB 7 or higher on all language abilities, with at least one of these CLB 8 CLB 7 or higher on all language abilities
No Non-Canadian Work Experience 00
1 or 2 years of Non-Canadian Work Experience 1325
3 or above years of Non-Canadian Work Experience 2550
Canadian and Non-Canadian Work Experience
Experience 1 year of Canadian Work Experience2 or more years of Canadian Work Experience
No Non-Canadian Work Experience 00
1 or 2 years of Non-Canadian Work Experience 1325
3 or above years of Non-Canadian Work Experience 2550
Certificate of Qualification in a Trade and Language Ability
Certificate of Qualification CLB 5 or higher on all language abilities, with at least one of these CLB 5 or 6 CLB 7 or higher on all language abilities
Certificate of qualification in a trade occupation issued by a province2550
Additional Factors in CRS
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination certificatePoints
For an enhanced nomination certificate from a Canadian province (except Quebec)600
Qualifying offer of arranged employmentPoints
For a qualifying job offer of arranged employment from a Canadian employer if the offer is in an occupation contained in Major Group 00 Senior Management Occupations200
For a qualifying job offer of arranged employment from a Canadian employer if the offer is any other qualifying offer of arranged employment50
Canadian study experience Points
If the candidate has an eligible credential from a one-year or two-year post-secondary program in Canada15
If the candidate has either:
an eligible credential from a post-secondary program of three years or more, or
an eligible credential from a university-level program at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required, or
an eligible credential from a university-level program at the doctoral level
30
French language abilityPoints
If the candidate proves adequate intermediate (equivalent to CLB 7) or better French ability, and English ability of CLB 4 or lower (or no English language test result)25
If the candidate proves adequate intermediate (equivalent to CLB 7) or better French ability, and English ability of CLB 5 or better50
Sibling in Canada15 Points
If the candidate, or the accompanying spouse/common-law partner, has a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.
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
15 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.

A maximum of 15 points may be awarded for a sibling in Canada, regardless of how many siblings the candidate (and his or her spouse/common-law partner, if applicable) has in Canada.

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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