What is CRS calculator and how it works?

CRS calculator

All eligible immigrant applicants eligible for the Express Entry System will be placed in the candidate pool. Group candidates are classified using the Comprehensive Classification System (CRS). The CRS will be used to determine the group of applicants invited to apply for permanent residence. You can get the official information on the candidate pool.

CRS is a point system that candidates receive based on their profile information. This score allows the candidates in the group to rank each other. Applicants will receive points based on the following factors:

  • skill
  • work experience
  • Language ability
  • Language skills and education of the applicant’s spouse or domestic partner
  • Recruitment of jobs backed by favourable impact assessments in the labor market
  • Ownership of State Government Nominations for Permanent Residence

Applicants are more likely to be hired (transferable skills) due to the combination of specific factors such as language skills, education and work experience.

Using these factors, applicants will receive a score of up to 1,200 points. 

CRS prioritizes applicants who have successfully installed in Canada and are likely to have a positive economic impact. For this reason, having an approved vacancies or local nomination of permanent residence has a very positive effect on the applicant’s score.

If you have a job vacancies approved in the control field (National Occupation Classification 00), it is worth 200 points, while all other jobs (NOC O, A, B) offer 50 points. Both point allocations help to significantly enhance a candidate’s profile.

The local nomination automatically gives the applicant 600 points. 

Federal Canadian Qualified Immigration – Comprehensive Assessment

The evaluation criteria are: the degree of instruction, the use of the official languages ​​(English and French), the years of work experience, the years of work experience in Canada (if any), and the obtaining of a job offer or nomination of a province or territory. Each of the indicated criteria allows the candidate to obtain points that will make their profile more attractive.

The foreigners chosen to participate in an immigrant visa application process in the Express Entry system are those whose profiles have achieved the highest possible score, among the group of profiles gathered in the candidate database.

Point System or Point Table

This selection methodology is known as the Points System or Table of Points , officially called the Comprehensive Ranking System (in English, or Système de classement global, in French).

The global classification system is, then, the valuation method profiling foreign candidates interested in immigrating to Canada, either under federal programs called economic immigration: Program Skilled Workers, Program Skilled Workforce, Program the Canadian Experience and the provincial or territorial nomination programs.

IELTS Canada PRBasicBasic+OkayGoodBetterBest
Listening4.5-55.56-77.588.5-9
Reading3.5-4566.578-9
Writing4-55.566.577.5-9
Speaking4-55.566.577.5-9
CLB Level4, 5678910+
CRS Points With Spouse24326488116128
CRS Points Without Spouse24366892124136

To begin, a self-assessment is recommended, to confirm that you have the minimum score required to immigrate to Canada. Called in English “Self-Assessment” or Federal Canada Point System (initial self-assessment) .

Then, the request must be formally made through the Express Entry system and the comprehensive Points System detailed on this page. To learn in detail how Canada’s immigration system works, you should read the Express Entry section in detail.

How the Federal Canada Point System works

The profiles of the candidates accepted in the Express Entry database will be evaluated according to the methodology of the Points System, which will assign up to a maximum of 1,200 points to each candidate. There is no minimum score to deposit a profile in the electronic system .

The system receives all forms from those interested in emigrating to Canada. These pass to the data bank, from where the best profiles will be chosen periodically to send them an official invitation (“Invitation to Apply – ITA”) to apply for permanent residence.

Only at that moment the interested party can be considered as a formal candidate to emigrate to Canada and will have a maximum of 90 days to present all the necessary precautions that support their application. From the above it follows that the minimum score necessary to be selected from the database is defined by the applicants themselves, since the profiles will be compared with each other.

Key factors score

The score will be assigned based on four key factors 

  • Skills and experience: The candidate’s education, age, language skills and work experience in Canada (if he has one) are evaluated.
  • Spouse or partner in a free union: the education, handling of languages ​​and work experience of the candidate’s partner are evaluated.
  • Transfer skills: Education, foreign work experience and work experience in Canada are assessed in combination. This is because the combination of these factors is believed to enhance the candidate’s ability to be selected by a Canadian employer.
  • Additional factors: the fact that the candidate has a nomination from a province or territory, a valid job offer or a Canadian diploma is taken into account.

Skill with English and French languages

(Maximum 150 points for married and 160 points for singles)

It is recommended that, before assessing English and French language skills, first determine which of the two is best handled. The chosen one in the first instance receives the denomination of “first official language”. The one with which the applicant is least comfortable will be the “second official language”.

Points are assigned based on the applicant’s ability to read, write, understand and speak in English and French, in accordance with the criteria of the Canadian Level of Language Proficiency.

The CLB or NCLC score is organized into three blocks of 12 levels in total, which assess the candidate’s abilities to speak, listen, write and read. For the purposes of the Canadian immigration system, it is required to have a command of the language calculated at least at level 4.

Work experience in Canada

(Maximum 70 points for married people, maximum 80 points for singles)

This category works in conjunction with the National Occupational Classification (NOC). At least one year of full-time work experience (37.5 hours a week paid) or equivalent work experience listed. For more information contact AP Immigration.

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