Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points system used to assess and score a candidate’s Express Entry profile, in order to rank the candidate against all other candidates in the Express Entry pool at the time of a round of invitations.

The system assigns a CRS score to a candidate when he or she creates a profile in their online account based on the information in the profile. On the “Application/Profile Details” page of their account, candidates can find their CRS score.

Only the top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a round of invitations.

CRS points allocation

Candidates can score a maximum of 1200 points on the CRS. Points are allocated as follows:

A core set of human capital factors that drive economic outcomes (maximum of 460-500 points):

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Official language proficiency
  • Canadian work experience

Spousal factors (maximum of 40 points)

A set of skills transferability or interaction factors that amplify the core set (maximum of 100 points)

Additional factors (maximum 600 points):

  • A valid provincial/territorial nomination (maximum of 600 points)
  • A qualifying offer of arranged employment (maximum of 50 points for all occupations in NOC 0, A or B, except NOC 00 with a maximum of 200 points)
  • Canadian educational credential (maximum of 30 points)