CanadaCanadian CitizenshipLife in CanadaSettle in CanadaJune 13, 2022by prominent.contentWhat is the Comprehensive Ranking System in Express Entry?

  • The Canadian government employs the CRS score and rank for Express Entry candidates.
  • CRS applies to applicants eligible for at least one of the three Express Entry programs, FSWP, FSTP, and CEC.
  • CRS scores are computed based on age, work experience, language, Education, points for spouses and partners, and abilities.
Program of Express Entry

If you want to immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry program, you must first go through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS was first implemented in 2015.

System of Comprehensive Ranking (CRS)

The CRS is a sophisticated data-driven technique aimed to identify immigrants who have a better chance of succeeding in the Canadian job market. The CRS is mostly focused on human capital requirements.

The CRS score is assigned to candidates who are eligible for at least one of the Express Entry programs listed below.

  • FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program) • FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program) • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

CRS scores are calculated using a variety of parameters and can reach 1200 points. The higher their score, the better their chances of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA).

The following points were used to determine the award.
  1. There are four criteria that can get you CRS points.
  1. Human capital / Central (Age, education, language, and work experience in Canada)
  2. The Core or human capital factors can be combined for a total of 500 points.
  3. Age: The maximum point value for the age element is 100. Candidates between the ages of 20 and 29 scans for 100 points. The points start to diminish at the age of 30.

Age (in years) With an accompanying spouse Without an accompanying spouse
under 18 0 points 0 points
18 90 99
19 95 105
20-29 100 110
30 95 105
31 90 99
32 85 94
33 80 88
34 75 83
35 70 77
36 65 72
37 60 66
38 55 61
39 50 55
40 45 50
41 35 39
42 25 28
43 15 17
44 5 6
45 or older 0 0

Education: Any applicant can raise their CRS score by attending primary or secondary school in Canada. They can also submit an Educational Credential Assessment to demonstrate the equivalent of the degree earned outside of Canada. More are the educational qualifications; then you can earn more points.

The applicant can earn up to 120 points for a Bachelor’s degree with a three-year or four-year program. Score a maximum of 150 points for longer programs such as Ph.D. If the candidate just has a secondary certificate, your Education score is 30 points.

Language: Applicants must pass a government-approved language competence test in either English or French, Canada’s official languages. A Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 3 or fewer results in a score of 0.


Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Principal Applicant + Accompanying spouse Without an accompanying spouse
3 or lower 0 0
4  6 + 0 6
5  6 + 1 6
6 8 +1 9
7 16 + 3 17
8 22 + 3 23
9 29 + 5 31
10 or higher 32 + 5 34

Work Experience in Canada: A minimum of one year of skilled work experience in an occupation classified in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system is required for all Express Entry programs.


Number of years Principal Applicant + Accompanying spouse Without an accompanying spouse
Less than 1 0 points 0 points
1 35 + 5 40
2 46 + 7 53
3 56 + 8 64
4 63 + 9 72
5 or more 70 + 10 80


  1. Spouse or common-law partner:- (Language, Education, and Work Experience)

CRS points are distributed differently depending on whether you apply alone or with a spouse or partner.   Applicants applying for Express Entry with a spouse or partner receive 40 fewer points than individuals, with the   partner’s human capital making up the difference. Overall points are the same for single and relationship   applicants but must be calculated separately.

  1. Transferrable Skills:- (Education, Work Experience, and Language Combinations): The CRS score is based on transferrable elements. Candidates can earn an extra CRS point if they can demonstrate a mix of education and job experience, either within or outside of Canada, or a combination of post-secondary education and a strong CLB score.


  1. Auxiliary considerations:-The CRS considers other factors. Applicants who get a notice of interest from any province may apply for nomination to immigrate to that province. Assume the provincial nomination is successful. In that situation, the applicant will obtain an automated 600 CRS points on their Express Entry profile, which is higher than most candidates’ scores, and will have a better chance of receiving an invitation to apply for Permanent Residency from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has the most bonus points.


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