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Comprehensive Ranking System

What is the Comprehensive Ranking System and how are Points Awarded?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used in the context of the Express Entry (EE) system to rank eligible candidates who want to immigrate to Canada. This applies to the three skilled worker programs managed by the Express Entry system, namely the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC).

The Comprehensive Ranking System is used by the immigration department to identify the most qualified individuals in the Express Entry pool. When the immigration department wishes to invite a certain number of skilled worker applicants to apply for permanent residence, they will issue invitations to those with the top-ranking CRS scores in the pool. Those invited may then file an application for permanent residence. Those whose scores are not high enough will not be invited to apply and must remain in the pool. The purpose of this system is to ensure that the best and brightest are chosen to immigrate.

There are 1,200 points available under the CRS. The higher you score, the higher you will rank in the Express Entry pool and the higher your chances of getting an invitation to apply (ITA) by the Canadian immigration authorities.

If you are eligible for any of the three programs, you will need to create an Express Entry profile and enter the Express Entry pool. Your profile will determine your CRS score and you should, therefore, fill in the required information carefully and preferably with the assistance of an immigration lawyer.

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The Comprehensive Ranking System is broadly divided into 3 parts

The three main areas considered under the Comprehensive Ranking System are Core Human Capital, Skills Transferability, and Additional Factors.

Core Human Capital (Skills and Experience) has 500 points up for grabs. The weighting of the points is based on whether one has a spouse or a common-law partner or not. The factors considered are:

  • Age, with the highest points being given those between 20 and 29 and 0 points being given to those over 45 and under 18.
  • Education level, with maximum points being awarded to those with a Doctorate (Ph.D.).
  • English/French language proficiency.
  • Canadian work experience, with maximum points going to those who have been working for over 5 years.

You can claim points for your spouse’s or common-law partner’s level of education, Canadian work experience, or language proficiency. The total points, however, cannot be more than 500.

Skills Transferability offers 100 points. All the factors considered carry a maximum of 50 points. These are:

  • Post-secondary degree and good/strong English/French proficiency.
  • Post-secondary degree and Canadian work experience.
  • Foreign work experience and good/strong English/French proficiency.
  • Foreign work experience and work Canadian work experience.
  • Certificate of qualification if you are in a trade occupation.
  • Certificate of qualification and good/strong English/French proficiency.

Additional Points fetch a maximum of 600 points. The factors considered are:

  • Canadian Provincial Nominee Program nomination.
  • Having a brother or a sister who is living in Canada as a permanent resident or a citizen.
  • French language skills.
  • Post-secondary education obtained in Canada.
  • Arranged employment/valid job offer.

Comprehensive Ranking System for Express Entry Program in short

The CRS is designed to determine if you are likely to succeed economically once you start living in Canada. As an example, you are more likely to succeed in business in a predominantly English-speaking province if you speak good English.

Similarly, you are less likely to struggle in business, employment, and in your social life if you studied in Canada or if your brother or sister is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

At the Law Office of Matthew Jeffery, we have been in the immigration business for many years and we understand what it takes to increase your chances of getting maximum points. There is intense competition for the few available slots and simply being qualified as a skilled worker is not good enough.

Wondering if you qualify in the first place? Please fill out the Skilled Worker Free Assessment form on our website and we will get back to you if you are qualified under one of the skilled worker programs and your Comprehensive Ranking Score is sufficient high for you to obtain an invitation to apply.


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