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CRS Score for Canada: Maximize Your Score Effectively

CRS Score for Canada

When it comes to turning your Canadian dreams into reality, there’s a pivotal player you need to be familiar with: CRS Score for Canada. Imagine it as your digital ticket to Permanent Residency, where your age, education, language skills, and work experience come together to create a score that determines your eligibility. This score isn’t just a number; it’s the key that could unlock the doors to your new life in Canada. Join us as we dive into the world of CRS and discover how this score could shape your journey towards becoming a Canadian resident.


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Current Cutoff CRS Score for Canada

The most recent Express Entry Draw occurred on April 24, 2024 granted 1,400 invitations. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoff score was set at 410. Here are more details of the draws.

Express Entry Draw 295

Date of Draw: April 24, 2024
Number of Invitations Issued: 1,400
Minimum CRS: 410
Round Type: French language proficiency

Express Entry Draw 294

Date of Draw: April 23, 2024
Number of Invitations Issued: 2,095
Minimum CRS: 529
Round Type: General

Express Entry Draw 293

Date of Draw: April 11, 2024
Number of Invitations Issued: 4,500
Minimum CRS: 491
Round Type: STEM occupations

Express Entry Draw 292

Date of Draw: April 10, 2024
Number of Invitations Issued: 1,280
Minimum CRS: 549
Round Type: General

What is CRS Score for Canada?

To assess immigration candidates, the Canadian government has established a merit-based points system for individuals in the Express Entry pool. This points system is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and it assigns a numerical value to each candidate, referred to as the CRS score. 

Every individual who submits their profile to the Express Entry candidate pool receives a CRS score out of a total of 1200 points. Roughly every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw, during which they issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Permanent Residence to candidates with the highest rankings. 

Express Entry oversees three distinct programs:

Understanding the CRS Score for Canada

The government regularly carries out Express Entry draws to determine the minimum CRS cutoff necessary for candidates to be eligible for each program. If your CRS score for Canada matches or exceeds the cutoff during the draw, you will be issued an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residency in Canada.

The CRS is a points-based system that IRCC employs to evaluate and assign a score to your profile, subsequently ranking it within the Express Entry pool. It’s utilized to evaluate factors such as

  • Your skills
  • Education
  • Language proficiency
  • Work history
  • Additional considerations

CRS Points Distribution & Total Score Calculation for Express Entry

In the Comprehensive Ranking System, points are divided into two main categories: Core Points and Additional Points, contributing to a potential maximum score of 1,200.

Core Points: Up to 600 Points

These points stem from fundamental criteria, including:

  • Skills and experience factors
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors, their language skills, and education
  • Skills transferability, including education and work experience

Additional Points: Up to 600 Points

Additional points are gained through various elements, such as:

  • Possession of Canadian degrees, diplomas, or certificates
  • A valid job offer
  • Nomination from a Canadian province or territory
  • Having a sibling who is a Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen
  • Strong proficiency in the French language
Total Score: Core Points + Additional Points

By summing up your core and additional points, your overall score is determined. This score plays a crucial role in evaluating your eligibility within the Express Entry pool. You can utilize the Comprehensive Ranking System tool to estimate your potential CRS score for Canada based on your profile.

CRS Points Breakdown for Express Entry in Canada

In the pursuit of Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system, understanding the Comprehensive Ranking System is paramount. This intricate scoring mechanism evaluates candidates based on various factors, including age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and more. Below is a comprehensive breakdown of the CRS criteria and the maximum points available for each category.

(A) Core / Human Capital Factors

The following table illustrates the points allocated per factor based on whether you have a spouse or common-law partner or not:

FactorsPoints per factor – With a spouse or common-law partnerPoints per factor – Without a spouse or common-law partner
Age100110
Level of education140150
Official languages proficiency150160
Canadian work experience7080

(B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors

The subsequent table outlines the points awarded per factor, with a maximum of 40 points available:

FactorsPoints per factor (Maximum 40 points)
Level of education10
Official language proficiency20
Canadian Work Experience10

(A) Core/Human Capital + (B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors = Maximum 500 Points (with or without a spouse or common-law partner)

(C) Skill Transferability Factors (Maximum 100 Points)

This table illustrates the points attributed per factor, with a maximum of 50 points for education-related factors:

EducationPoints per factor (Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree50
With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree50

This table showcases the points allotted per factor, with a maximum of 50 points available for foreign work experience:

Foreign work experiencePoints per factor (Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher) and foreign work experience50
With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience50

This table presents the points attributed per factor, with a maximum of 50 points available for the certificate of qualification:

Certificate of qualification (for people in trade occupations)Points per factor (Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification50

(A) Core/Human Capital + (B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors + (C) Transferability Factors = Maximum 600 Points

(D) Additional Points (Maximum 600 Points)

This table outlines the maximum points awarded per factor for additional points considerations:

FactorMaximum points per factor
Brother or sister living in Canada (citizen or permanent resident)15
French language skills50
Post-secondary education in Canada30
Arranged employment – TEER 0 Major group 00200
Arranged employment –NOC TEER 1, 2, or 3, or any TEER 0 other than Major Group 0050
PN nomination600

(A) Core/Human Capital + (B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors + (C) Transferability Factors + (D) Additional Points = Grand Total – Maximum 1,200 Points

Section-Wise Breakdown of Points

The section-wise breakdown provides detailed insights into the allocation of points across various sections, enabling you to grasp the significance of each factor within the Express Entry system. Explore the following sections to gain a comprehensive understanding of how points are distributed for different aspects of your profile:

(A) Core / Human Capital Factors

Depending on whether a candidate has a spouse or common-law partner, the total points allocated across all factors differ. For those with a spouse or common-law partner, the maximum points attainable is 460. Conversely, candidates without a spouse or common-law partner can achieve a maximum of 500 points when considering all factors.

AgeWith a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 100 points)Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 110 points)
17 years of age or less00
18 years of age9099
19 years of age95105
20 to 29 years of age100110
30 years of age95105
31 years of age9099
32 years of age8594
33 years of age8088
34 years of age7583
35 years of age7077
36 years of age6572
37 years of age6066
38 years of age5561
39 years of age5055
40 years of age4550
41 years of age3539
42 years of age2528
43 years of age1517
44 years of age56
45 years of age or more00

The educational background of candidates holds substantial weight in the CRS evaluation. The following table illustrates the points assigned based on different levels of education, considering whether a candidate has a spouse or common-law partner. 

Level of EducationWith a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 140 points)Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 150 points)
Less than secondary school (high school)00
Secondary diploma (high school graduation)2830
One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute8490
Two-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute9198
Bachelor’s degree OR a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute112120
Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years119128
Master’s degree, OR professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession (For “professional degree,” the degree program must have been in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy.)126135
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)140150

Official Languages Proficiency – First Official Language

The maximum points achievable for each ability (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) are 32 when you have a spouse or common-law partner, and 34 when you do not have a spouse or common-law partner.

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per abilityWith a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 128 points)Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 136 points)
Less than CLB 400
CLB 4 or 566
CLB 689
CLB 71617
CLB 82223
CLB 92931
CLB 10 or more3234

Official Languages Proficiency – Second Official Language

The highest scores you can achieve for each skill: reading, writing, speaking, and listening are 6 if you have a spouse or common-law partner, with a potential combined maximum of 22 points. Without a spouse or common-law partner, the maximum score for each skill is also 6, with a combined potential maximum of 24 points.

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per abilityWith a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 22 points)Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 24 points)
CLB 4 or less00
CLB 5 or 611
CLB 7 or 833
CLB 9 or more66

Relevant work experience earned in Canada can significantly boost your CRS score. The subsequent table delineates the points assigned based on the duration of your Canadian work experience. The distinction between candidates with and without a spouse or common-law partner underscores the significance of this factor in the Express Entry assessment:

Canadian work experienceWith a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 70 points)Without a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 80 points)
None or less than a year00
1 year3540
2 years4653
3 years5664
4 years6372
5 years or more7080

Subtotal: (A) Core / Human Capital Factors

When accompanied by a spouse or common-law partner, the highest achievable score is 460 points. However, for individuals without a spouse or common-law partner, the maximum attainable score is 500 points.

(B) Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors (If Applicable)

If you have a spouse or common-law partner accompanying you on your Express Entry journey, their educational background can contribute to your overall CRS score for Canada. The subsequent table breaks down the points allocated based on your spouse’s or partner’s level of education. 

Spouse’s or common-law partner’s level of educationWith a spouse or common-law partner (Maximum 10 points)Without a spouse or common-law partner (Does not apply)
Less than secondary school (high school)0n/a
Secondary school (high school graduation)2n/a
One-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute6n/a
Two-year program at a university, college, trade or technical in school, or other institute7n/a
Bachelor’s degree OR a three or more year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute8n/a
Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees. One must be for a program of three or more years9n/a
Master’s degree, or professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession (For “professional degree”, the degree program must have been in: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, or pharmacy.)10n/a
Doctoral level university degree (PhD)10n/a

Spouse’s or Common-law Partner’s Official Languages Proficiency – First Official Language

This table outlines the points attributed to different Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels across reading, writing, speaking, and listening abilities. These language skills can enhance your overall eligibility and desirability for Canadian immigration:

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level per ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening)Maximum 20 points for section
Maximum 5 points per ability
Without spouse or common-law partner (Does not apply)
CLB 4 or less0n/a
CLB 5 or 61n/a
CLB 7 or 83n/a
CLB 9 or more5n/a

If your spouse or common-law partner has Canadian work experience, it can contribute to your Express Entry CRS score. The following table outlines the points awarded based on the duration of their work experience in Canada. 

Spouse’s Canadian work experienceMaximum 10 pointsWithout a spouse or common-law partner (Does not apply)
None or less than a year0n/a
1 year5n/a
2 years7n/a
3 years8n/a
4 years9n/a
5 years or more10n/a

Subtotal : (A) Core / Human Capital + (B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors = Maximum 500 Points

(C) Skill Transferability Factors (Maximum 100 Points for this Section)

Your education level, along with your official language proficiency, can contribute to your skill transferability points. This table outlines the points you can earn based on your education level and language proficiency in the context of your Express Entry profile:

With good official language proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark Level [CLB] 7 or higher) and a post-secondary degreePoints for CLB 7 or more on all first official language abilities, with one or more under CLB 9 (Maximum 25 points)Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials were issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer
Secondary school (high school) credential or less00
Post-secondary program credential of one year or longer1325
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer2550
A university-level credential at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required2550
A university-level credential at the doctoral level2550

If you have Canadian work experience along with a post-secondary degree, your skill transferability points can be further enhanced. Here’s how your points are calculated based on your education and work experience:

With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degreePoints for education + 1 year of Canadian work experience (Maximum 25 points)Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials were issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer
Secondary school (high school) credential or less00
Post-secondary program credential of one year or longer1325
Two or more post-secondary program credentials AND at least one of these credentials was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of three years or longer2550
A university-level credential at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the National Occupational Classification matrix at Skill Level A for which licensing by a provincial regulatory body is required2550
A university-level credential at the doctoral level2550

Foreign Work Experience – With Good Official Language Proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark Level 7 or higher)

If you possess foreign work experience coupled with a high level of proficiency in the official language, you have the opportunity to accrue extra skill transferability points. The calculation of these points is determined by considering both your years of experience and your language proficiency level:

Years of experiencePoints for foreign work experience + CLB 7 or more on all first official language abilities, one or more under 9 (Maximum 25 points)Points for foreign work experience + CLB 9 or more on all four first official language abilities (Maximum 50 points)
No foreign work experience00
1 or 2 years of foreign work experience1325
3 years or more of foreign work experience2550

Foreign Work Experience – With Canadian Work Experience

If you have both foreign and Canadian work experience, you can earn additional skill transferability points. Here’s how the points are awarded:

Years of experiencePoints for foreign work experience + 1 year of Canadian work experience (Maximum 25 points)Points for foreign work experience + 2 years or more of Canadian work experience (Maximum 50 points)
No foreign work experience00
1 or 2 years of foreign work experience1325
3 years or more of foreign work experience2550

If you hold a certificate of qualification for a trade occupation and have good official language proficiency (CLB 5 or higher), you can earn additional points as follows:

Certificate of qualification (trade occupations) – With good official language proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark Level [CLB] 5 or higher)Points for the certificate of qualification + CLB 7 or more on all four first official language abilities (Maximum 50 points)Points for the certificate of qualification + CLB 7 or more on all four first official language abilities (Maximum 50 points)
With a certificate of qualification2550

Subtotal: (A) Core / Human Capital + (B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors + (C) Skill transferability Factors – Maximum 600 Points

(D) Additional Points (Maximum 600 Points)

In the additional points category, you have the opportunity to earn a maximum of 600 points based on specific factors. Here’s how you can earn these additional points:

Additional pointsMaximum 600 points
Brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada15
Scored NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills and scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or didn’t take an English test)25
Scored NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills and scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills50
Post-secondary education in Canada – credential of one or two years15
Post-secondary education in Canada – credential three years or longer30
Arranged employment – NOC TEER 0 Major group 00200
Arranged employment – NOC TEER 1, 2, or 3, or any TEER 0 other than Major Group 0050
Provincial or territorial nomination600

Subtotal: (D) Additional Points – Maximum 600 Points

Grand Total: (A) Core / Human Capital + (B) Spouse or Common-law Partner Factors + (C) Skill Transferability Factors + (D) Additional Points = Maximum 1,200 Points

How Can I Increase My CRS Score for Canada?

Here are some effective strategies to boost your CRS score for Canada in the Express Entry system:

  • Utilize Spousal Points: If applicable, explore avenues for your spouse or partner to contribute to your points through language tests or educational credentials.
  • Provincial Nomination: Receive a nomination from a province for 600 extra points, aligning with Express Entry.
  • Work Experience: Accumulate years of work experience to boost your points. Consider coming to Canada first as a student or temporary worker to gain Canadian experience.
  • Job Offer: Secure a job offer from a Canadian employer to earn 50 to 200 additional points.
  • Educational Upgrade: Pursue further education, such as a one-year post-secondary certificate, to gain substantial points.
  • Retake the IELTS: Elevating your IELTS score can potentially gain up to 160 points. Coupled with education and work experience, this can yield even more points.

Remember that additional factors like higher language proficiency, bilingualism, advanced degrees, Canadian experience, siblings in Canada, and arranged employment can further enhance your CRS score for Canada.

Exploring Canadian Horizons: The CRS Score’s Journey

Your CRS score for Canada acts as a digital ticket to Permanent Residency. This score, ranging from 0 to 1,200, is a result of factors like your age, education, language skills, and work experience. Generally, Express Entry draws occur every two weeks, issuing Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence to candidates with the highest scores. Your CRS score for Canada is more than a mere calculation; it’s your pathway to realizing your Canadian dreams.

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