Canada Express Entry Returns: What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

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Canada Express Entry Returns: What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?
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Canada immigration news: Foreign nationals who are hoping to immigrate to the country through the Express Entry system have their profiles scored using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

The CRS is a points-based system used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assess and score every foreign national’s profile submitted to the Express Entry pool.


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The highest possible score under the CRS is 1,200.  

Up to 600 points, considered core points, are given to an applicant for immigration based on his or her:

  • skills and experience;
  • spouse or common-law partner factors, such as language skills and education, and;
  • skills transferability, including education and work experience.

Applicants for immigration can gain up to an additional 600 points based on:

  • Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates;
  • a valid job offer;
  • a nomination from a province or territory;
  • a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident, and;
  • strong French-language skills.

The total of those core and additional points makes up each applicant’s CRS score. 

A further 600 points are available for a provincial nomination, meaning one of Canada’s provinces has nominated a candidate in the Express Entry pool for immigration.


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Any foreign national can check his or her CRS score by using the tool provided for free online here if they are eligible for at least one Express Entry program and:

  • have not filled out an Express Entry profile but would like to see what their CRS score might be if be if they did, or;
  • were invited to apply for permanent residence and want to see if a change to their Express Entry profile might affect their CRS score.

In Canada, the federal government uses the Express Entry system to fast-track applications for three immigration programs to bring in skilled workers.

The Federal Skilled Worker ProgramFederal Skilled Trades Program, and Canada Experience Class Program all draw on candidates from the Express Entry pool. But each program has its own requirements which the foreign national must meet.

Free Online Tool Lets Applicants Determine Their Eligibility For FSW, FST, and CEC Programs

A foreign national hoping to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker can find out which program is best suited for him or her and determine his or her eligibility by answering a few questions on this federal government website.

Eligible applicants can then apply for one of the three federal programs which use Express Entry and the government’s website will advise them on the next steps, including the submission of an online profile to the Express Entry system.

Although the federal Express Entry system draws were on pause during the first half of this year, they are expected to resume in July.

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of immigration.ca featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.