How to calculate your CRS points

How to calculate your CRS points ?

Learning about your CRS points before submitting your Express Entry profile will help you plan your Canadian journey in a better way.

Do you know getting a high comprehensive ranking system score can instantly boost your chances of an invite for a Canada PR visa? The CRS is a points-based ranking system used by the government of Canada to assess immigration applications submitted in the Express Entry System. The express entry is an online tool used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to manage skilled workers’ applications for three economic migration programs. The express entry is just an application management system, not an immigration program.

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The express entry manages applications for the following economic immigration programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Certain Provincial Nominee Programs are also aligned with the express entry Canada.

Applicants get the CRS points based on factors that the government of Canada thinks will help you thrive in Canada, the country’s economy, and the labor market. All candidates get the points on parameters like education, work history, level of skills, English language proficiency, age, etc. You also get points based on whether you are including your spouse in the application. The CRS is out of a total of 1,200 points. The majority of people get the points ranging from 400 to 500.

You will get a good idea about your scores even before submitting your profile in the Express Entry System. There are several tools out there to help you calculate your points and discover your eligibility for Canada immigration. However, you will only get your official scores once you upload your full profile in the online system.

Understanding the ranking system

One of the most critical factors that one must consider while calculating the CRS points is including the spouse. There is no need to include your spouse in the application if they are already a PR visa or citizenship holder in Canada. If you include your spouse, you should be ready to have 40 points less than your single counterparts in the core human capital factors. However, you can also turn it to your advantage if your spouse has special skills such as language.

The core human capital factors count on your age, work experience, education, language skills, and Canadian work experience. Apart from this, applicants get points for skills transferability, including foreign education/work experience. Some other factors help you gain points, such as having a sibling in Canada, French language proficiency, education in Canada, job offer from a Canadian employer, and a provincial nomination.

The three major categories under the Comprehensive Ranking System

  • Core/Human Capital Factors
  • Spouse/Common-law partner
  • Skills transferability

Additional Factors

  • Provincial Nomination
  • Arranged Employment
  • Sibling in Canada
  • Canadian study/work experience

Maximum Points Earned under Each Category

Core/Human Capital Factors

Factors Points with Spouse or Common-law Partner Points without Spouse or Common-law partner


Language Skills

Canadian work experience









Spouse/Common-Law Partner Factors

Factors Points per factor

Language Skills

Canadian work experience




Skills Transferability Factors

Education Points per factor (max. 50 points)
Good language proficiency and a post-secondary degree

Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree


Foreign work experience


Language proficiency with minimum CLB 7 & foreign work experience

Canadian work experience and a foreign work experience


Certificate of qualification (for professionals in trade occupation)


Good language skills and a certificate in a trade occupation





Points per factor (up to 50)




Points per factor (up to 50)





Additional Factors

Factors Maximum points per factor
Siblings in Canada

French language skills

Post-secondary education gained in Canada

Arranged employment in Canada 

Provincial Nomination






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