The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point-based system used by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assess and score the Candidates profile and rank them in the Express Entry pool. The Candidates who apply under Express Entry for the Canadian Permanent Residence are assessed based on factors such as age, skills, education, language ability, work experience and other factors. Points are rewarded based on these factors and the candidates with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System scores are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the Canada Permanent Residence.

Express Entry was first introduced by the Federal Government on January 2015 to replace the old “first come, first served” process of immigration system in Canada.Candidates with the highest CRS scores are selected from the Canadian Express Entry pool. Click here to learn more about Express Entry.

Candidates with high skills, relevant work experience, speak either or both official languages, and have education that maps well in terms of equivalency are rewarded with high scores and this is considered the “core human capital” score and accounts for up to 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The below table illustrates how points are rewarded:

Criteria Max points
Age 110
Education 150
Official Language Proficiency 160
Canadian Work Experience 80


Here’s what you can do to improve your CRS score

If your CRS score are lower than what you’d have expected, you have options of improving your score. We have listed below few key areas where points can be scored.

Nomination from a Province or Territory–if you possess desirable skills and work experience, you stand a chance of being nominated for Canadian Province that gives a Significant boost of 600 points to your CRS score.

Labour Market Impact Assessment–An LMIA generally signifies that there is a shortage of particular skill and talent in the Canadian Workforce. A valid job offer along with a positive LMIA can help you gain 50 CRS points. Canadian work experience can help you boost the points.

Skill transferability through education–in order to maximise your skill transfer-ability points complete the level of education, i.e. two or more post-secondary credentials, at least one must be for a program of three years or longer. You can gain a maximum of 100 points through skills transfer-ability section of the CRS.

Language Test –You can achieve a boost to your CRS points by improving your Language test results Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 9. To reach the CLB 9 on IELTS exam you have to achieve a minimum score across all ability such as Listening: 8.0, Speaking: 7.0, Reading: 7.0, and Writing: 7.0

Spouse/common-law partner–You can gain extra 40 points based on your Spouse/partner’s language ability, education level and Canadian work Experience.

If you would like to know more, we invite you to schedule a consultation where we can assess your case. Our assessment will help you understand where you stand and offer expert advice to get you closer to your Canadian Dream.

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