Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System CRS

What is the Comprehensive Ranking System?

The Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS, is a points-based system used to rank candidates applying for permanent residence in Canada through the newly-instituted Express Entry system.

Express Entry began in January 2015, and is utilized by foreign workers looking to become permanent residents of Canada. Interested parties fill out an online profile that determines if they are eligible, based on criteria such as what skills they possess, their work experience, language ability, etc. Eligible applicants are then added to a pool of other eligible candidates for permanent residence and ranked against each other using the Comprehensive Ranking System. The CRS assigns points based on the criteria that candidates are initially assessed on, as well as if they have a valid job offer, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), or a nomination for permanent residence by one of the provinces or territories of Canada.

There are regular “rounds of invitations” that are conducted, giving candidates who may not have been selected when they first applied another chance at obtaining permanent residence. Applications will be on file for twelve (12) months from the date of submission. If at the end of those 12 months you still have not received an invitation for permanent residence, you can apply again through the Express Entry online portal, provided you still meet all criteria and/or have taken steps to improve your potential score with the Comprehensive Ranking System.

The CRS scores candidates out of a potential 1,200 points, and the formula used has four (4) aspects, namely:

  1. Skills and experience factors that are known to be key contributors to immigrants’ economic success once in Canada)
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors, for example language ability, education, etc.
  3. Skill transferability
  4. Valid job offer or provincial or territorial nomination (for additional points)

Point breakdown for single candidates:

  • Skills and Experience Factors – Maximum points awarded: 500
  • Skill Transferability – Maximum points awarded: 100
  • Additional Points – Maximum points awarded: 600

Point breakdown for candidates traveling with a spouse or common-law partner:

  • Skills and Experience Factors – Maximum points awarded: 460
  • Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors – Maximum points awarded: 40
  • Skill Transferability – Maximum points awarded: 100
  • Additional Points – Maximum points awarded: 600

You can use the Comprehensive Ranking System point estimation tool to determine your potential total and if there is anything you can do to increase your chances of receiving an invitation for permanent residence.

You can also visit for a more in-depth breakdown of each of the assessment factors of the CRS.

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Contact Akrami & Associates if you have any questions about Express Entry and the Comprehensive Ranking System, and we will glad to assist you in any way we can. We’re here to help!

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