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What is CRS Score and How is it Calculated?

Do you know about Canada express entry? One of the pathways to migrate to Canada. If you know about express entry, you might have heard about the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Want to know how your CRS score is calculated? How to improve your CRS score? Read this article, am sure it will clear all your queries.

Let’s get started, what is a CRS score?

Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is competitive. Only the candidates with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores receive invitations to apply for permanent resident status.

The CRS is a points-based system that is used to assess and score your profile and rank it in the Express Entry pool. Below are the points to look after:

  • Skills
  • Education
  • Language ability
  • Work experience
  • Other factors

When you apply through Canada’s Express Entry system, you will be able to score a maximum of 1,200 CRS points. There are two main categories where you can score CRS points:

  • Core points = 600 points
  • Additional points = 600 points

Core CRS Points

Express Entry CRS score

  1. Skills and experience factors
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors ex: language skills and education; and
  3. Skills transferability ex: education and work experience.

Additional CRS Points

  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.

CORE POINTS + ADDITIONAL POINTS = TOTAL CRS SCORE

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Have you claimed all the points you are eligible for?

  • Sibling in Canada: Do you have a sibling in Canada? Related through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership. If so, just prove the relationship and watch your CRS score increase by 15 points.
  • Second Language: You can claim points for both English and French under the CRS. If you are capable in both languages, make sure that you take an approved language test in both English and French to ensure that you’re getting as many points as possible.

There are other ways to improve your CRS scores, checkout our below pointers on it:

  • Retake your Language Test: If you haven’t maximized your approved language test scores, then this option could be the key to you getting a competitive CRS score.
  • Gain more work experience: If you are working outside Canada but have less than three years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience, keep working! While this work won’t bring points under the human capital factors, it is nonetheless rewarded in the skills transferability combinations.
  • Complete another educational program: This is a long-term strategy for improving your CRS score. Regardless, gaining more education can result in a much higher CRS score. Not only do you receive CRS points for your level of education, but education is an important component of the skill transferability factors section of the CRS.
  • Get a Canadian Job Offer: While the value of a qualifying job offer concerning your CRS score is not as great as it once was — in most cases, down to 50 CRS points from a previous value of 600 points — obtaining a job offer remains an important factor.

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