Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The Express Entry System of Canada comprises a Comprehensive Ranking System CRS score to select candidates who are eligible to apply for the Canada Immigration. CRS is basically a Point-based System that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses to evaluate and assess a candidate’s profile and rank the same in the Express Entry Pool.

The system uses the following parameters to determine whether a candidate is eligible for the program or not:

  • Level of skills
  • Education background
  • Ability to communicate in English or French
  • Professional work experience
  • other factors

The chances of selection, meeting the CRS cut-off points and getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada Permanent Residence Visa increase tremendously, if the candidate has any of the following:

  • Multiple degrees/diplomas/certificates from Canadian colleges or universities
  • Excellent English language test (IELTS) score
  • A valid job offer from a Canadian employer
  • Certificate of nomination from any Canadian province or territory
  • other factors

Under the Comprehensive Ranking System, only those candidates are invited to apply for the further process whose applications are filed in the Express Entry Pool (EEP) and score the points requirements as per announced CRS draw cut-offs.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) determines the prospective applicant’s eligibility for any of the below-mentioned categories:

  • Federal Skilled Worker
  • Federal Skilled Trades
  • Canadian Experience Class

Any candidate, who is qualified for any of these programs, can register themselves for the Express Entry pool. Candidates will be assigned scores based on the information they submit during the EOI.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) - How it Works

Total number of points available under the Express Entry CRS is 1,200. The system can be divided into three parts:

  • Core Human Capital (Skills and Experience): 500 points
  • Skills Transferability: 100 points
  • Additional Factors: 600 points

For single / unmarried candidates, the break-up of points under CRS is given below:

  • Core human Capital: Maximum 500 points;
  • Skill transferability: Maximum 100 points;
  • Valid job offer: Maximum 200 points and
  • Provincial nomination: Maximum 600 points

For candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, the break-up of points is given below:

  • Core human Capital of the Principal Applicant: Maximum 460 points;
  • Core human Capital of Spouse: Maximum 40 points
  • Skill transferability: Maximum 100 points; and
  • Provincial nomination: 600 points

How to amplify your CRS score for Canada PR

Your chances on ending up in Canada is totally dependent on your CRS score, and in order to qualify for a Canada PR you would have to subsequently raise your bars. The rule has been the same for ages, higher the ranking - the better chance for your application to be picked from the job pool. But contradictory to the attained CRS points, you still have a chance to go at increasing your cumulative points to attain maximum points for Canada immigration.
Here are some of the ways you can influence the CRS Calculator to grow your ranking:
Language: A retake on IELTS can grant you up to 136 direct points i.e. if you are a single applicant, as a married applicant you can leverage a maximum of 128 points through IELTS. Additionally, you can claim significant CRS Score from skills-transferability, human capital factor, etc.
Canadian Job Offer: if you have obtained a job offer from a recognised Canadian employer, then you may acquire points somewhere between 50-200. The govt. of Canada only recognises job offers that have been validated through LMIA, offered in writing specifying the job role, weekly wages, and conditions of employment.
Education: The factors comprising education has a point allocation limit of 230 CRS score. You can opt to pursue a Canadian degree that can leverage extra points through ECA. You can also obtain new educational qualifications to add more weightage to Canada immigration application.
Change in primary applicant: If you have assessed your CRS score in comparison to your spouse and who so ever has the highest attainable points must be chosen as the primary applicants when applying for a Canada PR visa. If in case you have already lodged the application then you cannot change the main applicant, this should be done prior to application submission.
Applying to Provincial Nominee Program: They say better things are saved for last, a nomination from any of Canada’s provinces & territories can grant you 600 CRS Score. In addition, if you have an open applicant in any of the PNP streams, any change to your Language skills, education, and work experience can yield extra points to receive a positive PNP nomination.  

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