Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) & How To Increase CRS Score?

Candidates in the Express Entry Pool are assigned points based on age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other factors. Then candidates with the highest CRS score are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. 


What Is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?


Comprehensive Ranking System is a vital part of the Express Entry, the points-based system that gives you an individual score (out of maximum 1200 CRS score) in the pool of candidates.


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) uses a Comprehensive Ranking System to access, score, and rank candidates in the Express Entry pool.


Then candidates with the highest CRS score are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. 


Comprehensive Ranking System Formula


You total CRS score (max 1200) = Core Points (max 600) + Additional Points (max 600)

An overview of the comprehensive ranking system criteria and respective points helps to identify a candidate's weakness and strengths.


If individual CRS score is low, there are ways to increase CRS score primarily by:
  1. Getting more work experience.
  2. Increasing language proficiency.
  3. Getting a degree.


Calculate your CRS score using the free online tool that you can find here. It will take only 5 minutes to complete. Then, you can work to increase your CRS score.


CRS Points 


You total CRS score (max 1200) = Core Points (max 600) + Additional Points (max 600)


1200 CRS Score =

          1) 600 Core Points =

                  500 (EE Applicant & Spouse) +

                  100 (Skill Transferability) +

          2) 600 Additional Points


600 Core Points


1. Principal Applicant Without Spouse or Common-Law Partner – 500 points max

    • Age - 110
    • Education - 150
    • Language - 160
    • Canadian Work Experience (CWE) - 80

2. Principal Applicant With Spouse or Common-Law Partner – 460 points max

    • Age - 100
    • Education - 140
    • Language - 150
    • Canadian Work Experience (CWE) - 70

3. Spouse or Common-Law Partner – 40 points max

    •  Education - 10
    •  Language - 20
    •  Canadian Work Experience - 10

4. Skill Transferability – 100 points max

    • Language/Canadian Work Experience & Post-secondary Degree - 50 
    • Language/Canadian Work Experience & Foreign Work Experience - 50 
    • Language & Certificate of Qualification - 50


600 Additional Points


5. Additional Points - 600 points max

    • Post-secondary Education in Canada – 30 
    • Arranged Employment in Canada – 200 
    • Provincial Nomination – 600 
    • Canadian Brother or Sister – 15 
    • The French Language – 30 



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