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Canada: Know your CRS score before entering the Express Entry pool

You have a better chance of emigrating to Canada through Express Entry if you have a high Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The CRS is a point-based scoring system used by Canada to evaluate Express Entry immigration applications. Express Entry is a mechanism for managing applications for three different immigration categories based on economic status. It is not, in and of itself, an immigration program. The Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program are the Express Entry-managed programs. Candidates for certain Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are drawn from the Express Entry pool, but they must first be eligible for one of these programs.

The CRS is used by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assess your candidacy for immigration. In other words, the more points you get, the more likely you are to be invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

You are awarded points based on criteria that the Canadian government has judged will assist you in finding work. Specifically, your education, employment experience in a professional occupation, competence in an official language, and age. If you include a spouse on your application, you will be given a different score. The CRS is based on a total of 1,200 points, albeit most people score in the low 500s.

Before you submit your profile to the Express Entry system, you may have a reasonably good indication of what your score will be. Although you will only get your official score once you upload all of your documents to the online system, there are a variety of internet programs that can help you estimate what your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score might be. Understanding how the CRS is calculated will help you make the most of the Express Entry system and increase your chances of receiving a permanent residency Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Understanding the ranking system

When it comes to counting points, the first thing to consider is whether or not you want to include your spouse. If your spouse is already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you do not need to include them.

When you include a spouse on your application, you will be eligible for 40 fewer points in the basic human capital elements than single candidates, but you can make up the difference in a specific section dedicated to your partner’s human capital. This is supposed to ensure that couples do not have an unfair edge over single applicants in the pool.

Age, education, official language fluency, and Canadian job experience are the most important human capital variables. You can also get points for skills transferability, such as your international work experience or schooling. Other criteria that can boost your score include having a sibling in Canada, knowing French, having a Canadian education, having planned employment, and having a provincial nomination.

If you are applying alone, you can obtain a maximum of 100 points, and if you are applying with a spouse, you can get a maximum of 110 points. Your age, education, language skills, and Canadian job experience are all considerations to consider. The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are used by IRCC to assess language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. IRCC consults the National Occupational Classification to see if employment experience qualifies as “skilled” (NOC). CRS points are available for occupations with skill levels of 0, A, and B. In Canada, self-employed labor does not count against your overall score.

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