Impact of Spouse or Partner on Your CRS Score for Canada PR

Impact of Spouse or Partner on Your CRS Score for Canada PR

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 19 Mar, 2024 | 03:56 PM]
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Do you wish to bring your spouse or partner to Canada with you?

If yes, they can impact your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for Canada PR.

Negatively or positively?

Well, thousands of Indians who wish to settle in Canada from India wish to include their spouses or common-law partners in the application. Though the presence of your loved one in your PR application may negatively impact certain sub-categories, it generally has a positive effect.

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Category A: Human Capital Factors

Your age, level of education, official language proficiency, and Canadian work experience make up the Human Capital Factors. If you have an accompanying spouse or common-law partner included in your application, you get a maximum of 460 points for all these factors.

If you don’t, you get a maximum of 500 points.

Here are how the CRS points are calculator for human capital factors:

  • Age

You can avail maximum points for the age factor between 20 and 29 years. But adding your spouse or common-law partner to your PR application may have a negative impact on your CRS score.

How? You only get 100 points at max. with them and 110 points without them.

Age With a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner
17 years or less 0 0
18 years 90 99
19 years 95 105
20 - 29 years 100 110
30 years 95 105
31 years 90 99
32 years 85 94
33 years 80 88
34 years 75 83
35 years 70 77
36 years 65 72
37 years 60 66
38 years 55 61
39 years 50 55
40 years 45 50
41 years 35 39
42 years 25 28
43 years 15 17
44 years 5 6
45 years and above 0 0
  • Education

Your level of education significantly impacts your CRS score for a Canada PR Visa from India. The more educational credentials you possess, the more points you’ll get.

Just like the age factor, including your accompanying spouse or common-law partner may result in a lower score. 

How? You receive 140 points max. with them and 150 points without them.

Level of Education With a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner
Less than a secondary school 0 0
Secondary diploma 28 30
1-year degree, diploma or certificate from a university/college/trade/technical school or other 84 90
2-year program at a university/college/trade/technical school or other 112 120
2 or more certificates/diplomas/degrees (one must be for 3 or more years of a program) 119 128
Master’s degree OR a professional degree required to practice in a licensed profession 126 135
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.) 140 150
  • Language Skills

If you have English skills - good, but if you can show proficiency in French too - better.

With an accompanying spouse or common-law partner to Canada, your scores for the first language are impacted negatively. 

How? You only get 32 points max. per skill with them and 34 points per skill without them - for the first language.

CLB Level per ability (English) With a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner
Less than CLB 4 0 0
CLB 4 or 5 6 6
CLB 6 8 9
CLB 7 16 17
CLB 8 22 23
CLB 9 29 31
CLB 10 or above 32 34

As for the second language, French - it doesn’t matter if your loved one is coming with you or not. You get 6 points per skill.

If they are accompanying you, your score will be capped at 22 points in total & if not, you earn 24 points max.

CLB Level per ability (French) With a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner
CLB 4 or less 0 0
CLB 5 or 6 1 1
CLB 7 or 8 3 3
CLB 9 or above 6 6
  • Canadian Work Experience

If you have work experience in Canada, you are awarded with maximum CRS points for Canada PR. Why? It determines your success in the Canadian labour market. But if your significant other is coming with you, your overall score will be reduced.

How? You only get 70 points max. with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner and 80 points without a non-accompanying spouse or common-law partner.

Work Experience in Canada With a spouse or common-law partner Without a spouse or common-law partner
None or less than 1 year 0 0
1 year 35 40
2 years 46 53
3 years 56 64
4 years 63 72
5 years or more 70 80

Will your spouse or common-law partner always negatively impact your CRS score?

Straight answer, NO.

With an accompanying spouse or common-law partner in your application, you get access to Category B points (Spouse Or Common-Law Partner Factors), while those with a non-accompanying significant other do not.

Meaning, the maximum number of CRS points you get for Human Capital Factors and Spouse/Common-Law Partners factors - together make 500 points in total - whether you have a spouse or common-law partner in the application or not.

But you cannot score 500 points total - if you do not meet the qualifying criteria.

Will your spouse or common-law partner always negatively impact your CRS score?

Category B: Spouse Or Common-Law Partner Factors

The factors under this category will be the same as Human Capital Factors but only the accompanying spouse or common-law partner listed in your application.

  • Education of your spouse or common-law partner

Your CRS score will be added with 10 extra points for your spouse or common-law partner’s education level. The points you get can make up for the difference in education factor in Category A.

  • Language Skills of your spouse or common-law partner

Next, 10 points are awarded to your CRS score if your spouse or common-law partner meets the language requirements - in one language as their second language is not assessed under the CRS

  • Work Experience of your spouse or common-law partner

Last but not least, their Canadian work experience can also help you get 10 more points. These points can cover the ones lost in Category A’s work experience factor.

Talk to an Expert

Although the maximum number of points you can get in Category A + Category B of the CRS is the same whether you have a spouse or partner with you or not, many people choose to include their significant other in their application to move to Canada for a better life.

Keep in mind that even if your spouse or common-law partner is not coming with you to Canada, you must include them in your Canada PR application. Further, all those included in the application should meet the eligibility requirements like proof of funds, medical exam results, and criminal admissibility.

But in case they are not accompanying you (the principal applicant), they will not affect your CRS score in any way and you will simply be evaluated as a single applicant. 

If your spouse or partner is already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will earn points as if you don't have a spouse or partner with you. However, you may still be eligible for spousal sponsorship in this case.

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