Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) | How does it work?

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Applicants are ranked on a system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which determines who could get selected from the Express Entry Pool first. This system ranks you based on four main factors:

  • Human Capital Factors;
  • Spouse and Common Law Partner;
  • Skill Transferability; and
  • Additional Factors

These factors take into account:

  • Age;
  • Work experience;
  • Education qualifications;
  • Language skills;
  • Adaptability;
  • Job offers; and
  • Spouse or common-law partner

The higher the applicants’ scores on the CRS, the higher their chances of becoming Permanent Residents of Canada. The highest you’ll score on this system is 1,200 points.

Below may be a breakdown of how you’ll be scored:

  • Core points = 600 points; and
  • Additional points = 600 points

Core CRS Points

You can earn Core CRS points for the following:

  1. Skills and experience factors
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors e.g. language skills and education; plus
  3. Skills transferability, e.g. education and work experience.

Additional CRS Points

You can earn additional CRS points for the following:

  1. Canadian degrees, diplomas, or certificates;
  2. A valid job offer;
  3. A nomination from a province or territory;
  4. A brother or sister living in Canada (citizen or permanent resident.
  5. Strong French language skills.


You can score points under these four main categories:

SECTION A – Core/Human Capital

Maximum Points With SpouseMaximum Points Without Spouse

SECTION B – Spouse or Common-Law Partner

CriteriaMaximum Points
Language Skills (English/French)20
Canadian Work Experience10

SECTION C – Skills Transferability

EducationMaximum Points
Language Skills (English/French) + Education50
Canadian Work Experience + Education50
Foreign Work ExperienceMaximum Points
Language Skills (English/French) + Foreign Work Experience50
Foreign Work Experience + Canadian Work Experience50
Certificate of Qualification (Trades)Maximum Points
Language Skills (English/French) + Education Certificate50

SECTION D – Additional Points

CriteriaMaximum Points
Brother and Sister Living in Canada15
French Language Skills30
Post-Secondary Canadian Education30
Arranged Employment200
Provincial Nomination600

How to Improve Your CRS Score?

There are several ways to enhance your CRS scores, like receiving a Provincial Nomination that adds 600 more points or getting a Canadian job offer, which is worth 50 – 600 points. For instance, a job offer from a  00 job under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) will offer you a further 200 points. Any other job-level offer from a Canadian employer will offer you an extra 50 points. But a job offer under a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) will give 600 CRS points.

Another way to extend your score is thru Core Human Capital Factors (600 points). This awards points for education qualifications like certificates, diplomas, and degrees. The higher your educational qualifications, the higher the score you’ll receive.

If you apply together with your spouse or common-law partner, it also can help increase your score, if they need the right work experience and academic background. Having more work experience also can have an impression on CRS results.

Language skills are an excellent way to increase CRS scores. The higher the applicants’ score on recognized French and English tests like IELTS, TEF, and CELPIP, the higher the results. In total, language skills can add an extra 150 points.