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Express Entry: Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)


The Comprehensive Ranking System ranks eligible candidates for immigration to Canada through Express Entry under the following components:

additional factors relating to a provincial nomination, a qualifying offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool can also take steps

to improve their profile and increase their CRS score.

Comprehensive Ranking System Points Breakdown

There is a total of 1,200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System 1).For candidates without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, there are: a)a maximum of 500 points available for core human capital factors; b)a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and c)600 points available for additional factors (including a provincial nomination, an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability).

For candidates with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner, there are:

1) a maximum of 460 points available for core human capital factors of the principal applicant; 2)a maximum of 40 points for the core human capital factors of the spouse or common-law partner; 3)a maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors; and 4)600 points available for additional factors (including a provincial nomination, an offer of arranged employment, Canadian study experience, a sibling in Canada, and/or French language ability).

June 6, 2017, changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System include additional points awarded to candidates with French ability and to candidates with a sibling in Canada.

French ability

1)15 additional points for French-speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark 7) or better French ability, and English language test result of CLB 4 or lower, or no English test results at all. 2)30 additional points for French-speaking candidates who prove adequate intermediate or better French ability, and who also prove English language test result of CLB 5 or better.

Sibling in Canada

15 additional points for candidates with a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age. These points may also be awarded if the candidate’s spouse or common-law partner has a sibling in Canada. The candidate or his or her spouse/common-law partner must share a mother and/or father with the sibling in Canada. This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership.

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