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Express Entry CRS Score 2020

Canada provides skilled immigrants all over the world pathways to apply for permanent residence visa via different skilled economic immigration programs. This allows them to meet the local labor demands for capable and skilled individuals and also helps them to fill the gap for skilled labor in the market. Some of the major immigration programs via which immigrants can apply for permanent residence visa are – Express Entry program, Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), Family Sponsorship Program and Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Express entry program is a point-based program that manages the profiles of the candidates who have applied under the skilled economic immigration program – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Profiles of the candidates are all pooled together in an express pool. Express entry uses a ranking system – Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that ranks the profiles of the candidates in express pool according to the CRS points that are awarded to the candidate’s express profile. CRS points are awarded to the candidates based on the factors like age, language proficiency, educational qualifications and work experience.

Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds express draws on a regular interval time to issue Invitation to Apply (ITAs) to the capable immigrants who are able to meet the CRS cut-offs set at each express draw. The latest express draw set the CRS cut-off at 459 points which means that the candidates who are able to score a minimum of 459 CRS points and have applied under express entry program were issued the ITAs. Once candidates are able to land an ITA they have 90 days to submit their application with a proper set of documents to the IRCC.

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CRS is a dynamic system which means candidates can increase their CRS score once they have created their express profile and is then submitted to the express pool. Candidates who are not able to meet the CRS cut-offs of the express draws can go for to improve their CRS score.

CRS score can be improved by focusing on the factors based on which the CRS points are awarded. Let’s see how one can improve on their current CRS scores:


Siblings living in Canada

If the candidate applying for the permanent residence visa have siblings (brother or sister) living in Canada as a permanent residence or their spouse/common-law partner have siblings with the permanent residency in Canada, by showing their relation to them, 15 extra CRS points are awarded for the same.

Educational Qualification

Skilled immigrants who have applied for permanent residence under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) are required to submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which shows that their foreign education is equal to the Canadian educational system. But for the immigrants who have applied under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are not required to submit ECA, this means candidates have not availed the 200 CRS points that can be awarded for educational qualifications. If they are able to provide the ECA, education can get them 150 CRS points and combined them with Canadian work experience and/or language ability can get 50 CRS points.

Language Proficiency

Candidates need to prove their language proficiency in order to be able to move to Canada via any immigration program. Canada uses the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level to check the candidate language proficiency which ranges from level 4 to level 10.

For English language, candidates have to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which comprises of four categories – Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. CRS points are awarded on individual categories. Maximum points for language proficiency for single candidate is 260 CRS points which are awarded for the maximum language proficiency level CLB level 10. Candidates can improve on their IELTS score to get more CRS points awarded.

In case of French language which can be taken as the second official language, candidates have to take the Test d’evaluation du francais (TEF) to prove their language proficiency in it. For official language, candidates can get 24 points and since June 2017, if candidates are able to get the CLB level 7 they can maximum 30 points.

Work Experience

Getting work experience in the express profile can get the candidates with extra CRS points. Candidates having work experience in an occupation that is categorized under NOC skill level 0, A or B can results in points awarded to the profile. Points are awarded for full-time or equivalent part-time work experience.

For candidates applying under Federal Skilled Worker Class needs to have at least one year of continuous, skilled work experience to be able to consider under the express entry program.

Provincial Nomination Program

Province/territories in Canada have an immigration program that allows them to nominate the skilled and capable immigrants for permanent residency in the province.  Every PNP has a stream that is linked with the express entry program that allows the express entry candidates to apply for the provincial nomination. Once a candidate is able to land a provincial nomination, they are awarded with 600 CRS points. These many points are more than enough to land an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for permanent residence visa to the IRCC.

Job-Offer Letter

Before moving to Canada, if a candidate is able to land a job-offer from an eligible employer of the country, they can be awarded 50 CRS points. Earlier candidates were awarded 200 CRS points but IRCC has now decreased into 50 CRS points.

Spouse/Common-law factor

If candidates are moving to Canada with their spouse/common-law partner they can get extra points for their qualifications. Spouse’s/Common-law partner’s language ability can get candidates with 20 CRS points, while their education level and Canadian work experience can award with 10 CRS points.

In other cases, if the Candidate’s spouse/Common-law partner has a higher CRS score than in comparison to the candidate, then the candidate can select them as the primary applicant in the application for permanent residence. This change can only be done before submitting the application.


Following tables will illustrate how points are awarded based on the above-mentioned factors:

Siblings in Canada

Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points increase
Siblings must be living in Canada as permanent residence Passport/PR card; proof of residence in Canada; proof of relation between siblings 15

Educational Qualifications

Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points Increase
Obtain an ECA Applicable to CEC and FSTC ECA 250 (150 – education and 100 – skill transferability)
Previous Study in Canada (1 or 2 year program) Must have completed the study program Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate 15
Previous study in Canada, either 3 years or longer in duration/ Master’s degree/ entry-to-practice professional degree/ Doctorate Must have completed the study program Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate 30

Language Proficiency

Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points Increase
Prove for first official language ability Re-take a language test and improve on your results IELTS/CELPIP/TEF 162 (112 – for improved results and 50 – skill transferability)
Prove ability for second official language ability Additional points for French speaking candidates IELTS/CELPIP/TEF 54 (24 – for second language ability and 15/30 – For French Speaker)

Work Experience

Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points Increase
Complete skilled work experience outside Canada Points under skill transferability combined with language ability and/or Canadian work experience Reference Letter 100
Complete skilled work experience in Canada For every year 1 point is accumulated Employment records; tax documents 180 ( 80 – Canadian work experience and 100 – Skill transferability)


Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points Increase
Skilled occupation (NOC skill level 0, A or B) Job offer for professional, managerial, or technical position LMIA/ Job-offer letter while on  a closed work permit 50
Senior Managerial Position (NOC Major Group 00) Position for highly skilled, experienced candidates in select occupations LMIA/ Job-offer letter while on a closed work permit 200

Provincial Nomination

Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points Increase
Not-Applicable Province and territories can nominate the skilled immigrants in the express pool via the PNPs Provincial Nomination Certificate 600

Spouse/ Partner factors

Sub-Factor Additional Information Proof Required Potential points Increase
Education Can be outside or inside Canada ECA/Proof of study in Canada 10
Language Not-Applicable IELTS/CELPIP/TEF 20
Canadian Work Experience 1 year gives 5 extra points Employment Records; Tax documents 10
Making the Spouse/Common-law partner primary applicant Cross verify the one who is having higher CRS score Submit a new Express Profile Variable


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