What Is a CRS Score?
A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is a points-based system that the Canadian government uses to assess and rank applicants in the Express Entry pool based on some factors such as age, work experience, and level of education.
The CRS Score determines your eligibility for Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry Program so as to be issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA) by the Canadian Immigration.
The CRS Calculator Tool
The CRS calculator tool is a tool we have designed to help you estimate your CRS score which will determine if you are eligible for Canadian Permanent Residency through the Express Entry Program.
This Express Entry Calculator tool lets you estimate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for Express Entry immigration to Canada.
How is the CRS score calculated?
The Express Entry applicants are scored out of 1,200 points based mainly on four sections which include the Core/human capital factors, Spouse or common-law parter factors, skill transferability, and additional points which can be obtained from the provincial nominee programs.
- A. Core / human capital factors: these include points for Age, Education, Canadian Work Experience and Language proficiency. These are considered as key to economic success for immigrants.
- B. Spouse or common-law partner factors: these include the accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s Language proficiency, Education, and Canadian Work Experience.
- C. Skills transferability: this section provides additional points to your profile that are based on a combination of factors, e.g a combination of your Education, Language proficiency, and/or Non-Canadian Work Experience.
- D. Additional points: This section awards 600 additional points for a Provincial nomination, and other additional points for a valid job offer, etc…
You can refer to an article earlier published on this blog Canada Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) System for details on how the CRS points are distributed.
My CRS Score Is Low, How Can I Improve It?
If your CRS score is low today, there is no need to worry yourself much. The Express Entry draws are held regularly, so there is always a chance you for you to improve your CRS score before the next draws.
If you do not meet the requires cut-offs for ITA, then there are few things you can do to improve your CRS score.
Boost your language proficiency score: One of the easiest ways you could improve your CRS score is to improve your language proficiancy score by retaking your IELTS test except you scored the highest points in this test.
You can also add the French language test which will greatly add to your general CRS score.
Another way you can improve your CRS score is by applying for a permanent residence under the provincial nominee programs. If you get choosen by any province, this will automatically add 600 points to your CRS score which will greatly improve your chances of getting invited by the Canada immigration.
You can also get a job offer from a Canadian employer to improve your CRS score. This will add extra 200 points to your CRS score. You can check our earlier published post on How You Can Get A Job In Canada Even Before Leaving Your Country.
You can also improve your CRS score by extra 30 points by obtaining a degree or diploma in Canada.
The qualification of your spouse can also improve your CRS score. If your spouse can also perform excellently well in the language proficiency test it could add as much as 20 extra points while the education level and Canadian work experience can earn you as much as 10 points for each category to your CRS score.
You can also improve your CRS score by the number of years you have worked in your country. Working for a few more years in your country can greatly help your chances of moving to Canada.
What If I Can’t Improve My CRS Score, What’s Next For Me?
If you are certain there are no more ways you can improve your CRS score, then there may just be a way for you to still be able to go to Canada. I have explained this in detail in a post titled Alternate Pathways For Candidates With Low CRS Score Between 300-350.
You can also check out some Provincial Nominee Programs Currently Accepting Candidates With Low CRS Points.
I hope this will help you realize your dreams of moving to Canada in 2021 and beyond. Take advantage of the tips in this post to improve your chances of getting invited by the Candian immigration.