How Can I Improve My CRS Score?



Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point based system used by the Canadian government to assess and rank an applicant’s score in the Express Entry pool. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) performs a draw from the Express Entry pool, approximately once every two weeks. If your CRS makes the cut, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. The maximum points a candidate can score is 1200. In recent years the cut off has been in the range of 430 – 470. The human capital factors that contribute to your CRS score are:

  • • Age
  • • Level of Education
  • • Language proficiency (in English or French)
  • • Work Experience (Canadian or Foreign)

How Can I Improve My CRS Score?

  • • Education : Your education qualifications can fetch you a maximum of 150 points. You should get your qualifications assessed by an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). It does not matter whether your education qualification is related to your area of work. Any degree you have completed can contribute to your CRS score.
  • • Language Proficiency : Your language ability is assessed on the basis of the results of an approved language test like IELTS for English. The IELTS assesses your ability in 4 skills, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Improving your IELTS score can significantly change your CRS score. The ideal score is 7,7,7,8 (8 for listening). You can improve your score by retaking the test.
  • • Work Experience : Number of years of work experience can contribute to a significant change in your CRS score. If you have less than three years of work experience, you can improve your score by continuing to work. Your work experience can also contribute to your chances of getting a PNP.
  • • Primary Applicant : Choosing the right primary applicant can make all the difference. If you are being accompanied by your spouse, assessing both your profiles and choosing wisely the right one can improve your CRS scores.
  • • Sibling in Canada : Having a brother or sister living in Canada as a citizen or a permanent resident can increase your CRS score by 15 points. They can be you or your spouse’s sibling and can be related by blood, adoption or marriage.
  • • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): Getting permanent residency through PNP will increase your CRS score by 600 points. Provinces nominate candidates on the basis of their skills.
  • • Spouse Factors : If you are being accompanied by your spouse, getting an ECA to assess their educational credentials and doing the IELTS can contribute to your CRS score.

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