Comprehensive Ranking System

Comprehensive Ranking System

Economic immigration pathways are the most popular options for many immigrants to Canada. The number of skilled workers aspiring to settle in Canada is constantly growing. Canada wants to filter the most eligible applicants and accelerate their immigration to benefit its economy and demography.

The Express Entry draw sends the Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the most deserving candidates by conducting draws one every fortnight. The Express Entry system streamlines the applications for economic immigration through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It also expedites the approval process by providing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to select immigrants for their faster immigration.


The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is part of the Express Entry process to select skilled workers for immigration by ranking each candidate’s Express Entry profile. The stronger your profile, the higher is your CRS ranking.

The CRS considers the following factors to award points to the Express Entry applicant:

  • Age 
  • Education credentials
  • Work experience in the skilled occupation
  • Language proficiency
  • Provincial nomination

 You can improve your CRS score by consulting an established immigration counselor who will assess your current profile and suggest ways to strengthen the same.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC) selects the highest-ranking applicants through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS system assigns a maximum of 1200 points by thoroughly assessing the Express Entry profiles of applicants.

The CRS Points according to different factors 

Each candidate submitting the Express Entry profile in the Express Entry pool receives a CRS score as high as 1200 points maximum. The broad bifurcation of CRS score points is as follows:

  1. 500 points for core/ human capital factors without a spouse (460 points for core/ human capital factors with a spouse)
  2. 40 points for Spouse or common-law factors
  3. 100 points for skill transferability factors
  4. 600 points for additional factors

Total points of all factors – 1200 CRS points

  1. I) The following is a division of core/ human capital factors in the Comprehensive Ranking System (Subtract 10 points if with a spouse):
  • 110 points for the Age Factor
  • 150 points for the Education Factor
  • 160 points for French or English Language proficiency factors
  • 80 points for the Canadian Work Experience factor

Maximum total of core/ human CRS factors – 500 CRS points

  1. II) Spouse or common-law CRS factors:
  • 10 points for education
  • 20 points for language proficiency
  • 10 points for Canadian work experience

Maximum total of the spouse or common-law partner factors – 40 CRS points

III ) Point bifurcation of Skill Transferability factors:

  • Maximum 50 points for post-secondary credentials with strong language proficiency
  • Maximum 50 points for post-secondary degree and Canadian work experience

(Maximum total for education 50 points)

  • Maximum 50 points for a minimum of CLB 7 test results with international work experience
  • Maximum 50 points for the work experience in Canada and abroad

(Maximum total for work experience- 50 points)

  • Maximum 50 points for Trades qualification with language proficiency

(Maximum total for the candidate in trades – 50 points)

Maximum total points for skills transferability factors – 100 CRS points

  1. IV) Additional points
  • 15 points if Brother or sister being permanent citizens
  • 50 points for French language skills
  • 30 pints for Canadian post-secondary credentials
  • 200 points for pre-arranged employment with a Canadian employer
  • 600 points for provincial nomination

The maximum total of additional points is 600 points

The Comprehensive Ranking System provides points to each Express Entry Profile and offers an opportunity to apply for permanent residency to the top-scoring profiles after every draw. 

Each applicant gets a chance to improve the CRS scores by enhancing the CRS factors such as language proficiency, education, work experience, and provincial nomination.

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