What is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Author: Mock Webware

The CRS is a points-based system adopted by IRCC which they use to score various potential applicants under Express Entry who create their profile(s) under Express Entry and enter the pool of candidates.

Under Express Entry CRS, the potential applicants/ candidates are ranked based on the answers they provide in their Express Entry profile. The areas which affect a candidate’s score under Express Entry are:

  • Age
  • Level of Education
  • Study in Canada
  • Official Language Skills (English or French)
  • Additional Language Skills (e.g. if you know both English and French and can provide language test results for both official languages like IELTS and TEF)
  • Canadian Work Experience
  • Foreign Work Experience
  • Skills (Have a certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian Province or Territory)

Additional points are awarded for:

  • Valid job offer in Canada which is supported by a positive or neutral LMIA
  • Nomination from a Canadian Province or Territory
  • Sibling(s) in Canada who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents

A potential applicant may also get additional score under CRS if his/her spouse has Canadian work experience, has a Canadian education (or equivalent), and can provide language test results for one of Canada’s official languages i.e. English or French.