How to Understand your CRS Score for Canada PR

Press Release : July 03, 2020
How to Understand your CRS Score for Canada PR

In 2015, Canada launched the Express Entry Program, an application management system for its economic immigration programs. The Express Entry Program is a highly competitive program where eligible candidates are ranked against each other. Only the highest-ranking candidates receive an invitation to apply for Canada PR.

To rank the candidates, Canada uses a merit-based points system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Every eligible candidate is awarded a score based on their Express Entry profile called the CRS score. The maximum available points on the Comprehensive Ranking System are 1200.

For those of you who do not understand your CRS score, here is an easy guide.

The CRS System awards points differently to married and unmarried candidates. If your spouse is not accompanying you to Canada, you will be scored as an unmarried candidate.

Here is the points break up on the four major categories:

Factors

Max. available points

Core/ Human Capital Factors

460 (with a spouse)

500 (without a spouse)

Spouse or common-law Factors

40

Skill Transferability Factors

100

Additional Points

600

Maximum points

1200

Here is the points breakup in all the available categories.

Core/Human Capital Factors

Factors

Points

 

With a Spouse

Without a spouse

Age

100

110

Education

140

150

Language proficiency

150

160

Canadian work experience

70

80

Maximum

460

500

Spouse Factors

Factors

Points

Education

10

Language proficiency

20

Canadian work experience

10

Maximum

40

Skill Transferability Factors

Factor

Points

Education

Post-secondary degree with strong language skills

50

Post-secondary degree with Canadian work experience

50

Maximum

50

Foreign work experience

Foreign work experience with language skills at CLB 7 or higher

50

Foreign work experience and Canadian work experience

50

Maximum

50

Certificate of qualification (for tradesperson)

Certificate of qualification with strong language proficiency

50

Maximum

50

Maximum points available

100

Additional Points

Factor

Points

Sibling living in Canada (PR or Citizen)

15

French language skills

30

Post-secondary education in Canada 

30

Arranged employment

200

Provincial nomination

600

Maximum available points

600

Here is the points breakdown section by section:

Core/Human Capital Factors

The maximum points that you can earn are 460 with a spouse and 500 without a spouse.

Age Factor

Age

With spouse

Without a spouse

17 years or less

0

0

18 years

90

99

19 years

95

105

20 to 29 years

100

110

30 years

95

105

31 years

90

99

32 years

85

94

33 years

80

88

34 years

75

83

35 years

70

77

36 years

65

72

37 years

60

66

38 years

55

61

39 years

50

55

40 years

45

50

41 years

35

39

42 years

25

28

43 years

15

17

44 years

5

6

45 years or above

0

0

Maximum

100

110

If you are between the age of 20 to 29 years, you get the maximum points for age.

Education Factors

Level of education

With Spouse

Without Spouse

Less than secondary school

0

0

High school graduation

28

30

Degree, diploma or certificate (1 year)

84

90

Degree, diploma or certificate (2 years)

91

98

Bachelors or 3-year degree, diploma or certificate

112

120

Two or more degrees, diplomas or certificates. One must be of 3 years.

119

128

Masters degree or professional degree (like in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, etc.)

126

135

PhD

140

150

Maximum

140

150

Language factors

First official language factors

Proficiency level

With Spouse

Without Spouse

Less than CLB 4

0

0

CLB 4 or 5

6

6

CLB 6

8

9

CLB 7

16

17

CLB 8

22

23

CLB 9

29

31

CLB 10 or higher

32

34

Maximum

128

136

Second official language factors

Proficiency level

With Spouse

Without Spouse

CLB 4 or less

0

0

CLB 5 or 6

1

1

CLB 7 or 8

3

3

CLB 9 or more

6

6

Maximum 

22

24

Canadian work experience factors

Canadian work experience

With Spouse

Without Spouse

None or less than a year

0

0

1 year

35

40

2 years

46

53

3 years

56

64

4 years

63

72

5 years or more

70

80

Maximum

70

80

Spouse Factors

Level of education

Spouse’s level of education

With Spouse

Without Spouse

Less than high school

0

NA

High school graduation

2

NA

A 1-year degree, diploma or certificate

6

NA

A 2-year degree, diploma or certificate

7

NA

Bachelors or 3-year degree, diploma or certificate

8

NA

Two or more degree, diploma, or certificates. One of them must be of 3 years

9

NA

Masters degree or professional degree

10 

NA

PhD

10

NA

Maximum

10

Does not apply

Spouse Language Factors

Language proficiency

With Spouse

Without Spouse

CLB 4 or less

0

NA

CLB 5 or 6

1

NA

CLB 7 or 8

3

NA

CLB 9 or more

5

NA

Maximum

20

Does not apply

Spouse’s Canadian Work Experience

Canadian Work Experience

With Spouse

Without Spouse

None or less than a year

0

NA

1 year

5

NA

2 years

7

NA

3 years

8

NA

4 years

9

NA

5 years or more

10

NA

Maximum

10

Does not apply

Skill Transferability Factors

Education and language proficiency

Post-secondary degree with good language proficiency

CLB 7 or more

CLB 9 or more

Secondary school or less

0

0

1-year post-secondary program

13

25

Two or more post-secondary educational credentials

25

50

Maximum

25

50

Education and Canadian work experience

Canadian work experience with a post-secondary degree

Education+ 1 or more years of Canadian work experience

Education+ 2 or more years of Canadian work experience

Secondary school

0

0

1-year post-secondary program

13

25

2-year post-secondary program

25

50

Maximum

25

50

Foreign work experience and language proficiency

Years

Work experience +CLB 7 or higher

Work experience + CLB 9 or more

No foreign work experience

0

0

1 or 2 years

13

25

3 years or more

25

50

Maximum

25

50

Foreign work experience and Canadian work experience

Years

Foreign work exp. + 1 year of Canadian work exp.

Foreign work exp+ 2 or more years of Canadian work exp.

No foreign work exp.

0

0

1 or 2 years of foreign work exp.

13

25

     

3 years or more of foreign work exp.

25

50

Maximum

25

50

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