A guide to determining CRS score under Canada Express Entry in 2002

What factors determine CRS score for Canada PR in 2022

When understanding the Canada immigration process, it becomes necessary for you to figure how CRS scores are determined. If you are equipped with the information, you can do enough to reach the minimum required score for entering the Canada Express Entry system. You can also improve the scores once you are in the Express Entry pool.

So, let’s delve into the knowledge of how CRS scores are determined.

Core/Human capital factors
Human Capital FactorsPoints per factor (With a common-law partner or spouse)Points per factor (Without a common-law partner or spouse)
Age100110
Education level140150
 Proficiency in official languages150160
Work experience in Canada7080
Common-law partner/spouse factors
FactorsPoints per factor
 (Max 40 points)
Education level10
Proficiency in the official language20
Work Experience in Canada10

Core/human capital + Common-law partner/spouse factors = Max 500 points (with OR without a common-law partner/spouse)

Skill Transferability factors (Max 100 pts)
EducationPoints per factor
 (Max 50 points)
A post-secondary degree and good/strong official languages proficiency50
A post-secondary degree and work experience in Canada50
Foreign work experiencePoints per factor
 (Max 50 points)
Foreign work experience and good/strong official languages proficiency (minimum CLB level 7)50
Foreign work experience and work experience in Canada50

Certificate of qualification (for those in trade occupations)Points per factor
 (Max 50 points)
Certificate of qualification and good/strong proficiency in official languages50

Core/human capital + Common-law partner/Spouse + Transferability factors = Max 600 points

Additional points (Max 600 points)
FactorMax points per factor
Brother/sister living in Canada (Canada PR or citizen)15
Language skills in French50
Canadian post-secondary education30
PN nomination600
Arranged employment200

Core/human capital + Common-law partner/spouse factors + Transferability factors + Additional points = Grand total – Max 1,200 points

Section-wise breakdown of points

CRS – Core/human capital factors

  • With a common-law partner/spouse: Max 460 points total for all factors.
  • Without a common-law partner/spouse: Max 500 points total for all factors.
Age in yearsWith a  common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 100 points)
Without a common-law partner/ spouse
 (Max 110 points)
17 or less00
189099
1995105
20 to 29100110
3095105
319099
328594
338088
347583
357077
366572
376066
385561
395055
404550
413539
422528
431517
4456
45 or above00
Education LevelWith a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 140 points)
Without a common-law partner/ spouse
 (Max 150 points)
Less than secondary school (high school)00
A secondary diploma (high school graduation)2830
1-year diploma, degree, or certificate from a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes8490
2-year program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes9198
Bachelor’s degree OR a 3 or more year’s program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes112120
2 or more certificates, degrees, or diplomas. One must be for a program of 3 or more years119128
Master’s/professional degree required to practice in a licensed profession (“Professional degree” must have been in dentistry, medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, law, pharmacy, or chiropractic medicine)126135
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)140150

 Proficiency in official languages – first language

Max points for each language ability (writing, reading, listening, and speaking):

  • 32 with a common-law partner or spouse
  • 34 without a common-law partner or spouse
CLB level per abilityWith a common-law partner or spouse
 (Max 128 points)
Without a common-law partner or spouse
 (Max 136 points)
Less than 400
4 or 566
689
71617
82223
92931
10 or above3234

 Proficiency in official languages – second language

Max points for each ability (writing, reading, listening, and speaking):

  • 6 with a common-law partner/spouse (up to a combined max point of 22)
  • 6 without a common-law partner/spouse (up to a combined max point of 24)
CLB level per abilityWith a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 22 points)
Without a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 24 points)
4 or less00
5 or 611
7 or 833
9 or above66
Work experience in Canada in yearsWith a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 70 points)
Without a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 80 points)
None or less than a year00
13540
24653
35664
46372
5 or more7080

Subtotal: Core/human capital factors

  • With a common-law partner/spouse – Max 460 points
  • Without a common-law partner/spouse – Max 500 points

CRS – B. Common-law partner/spouse factors (if applicable)

Common-law partner/spouse’s education levelWith common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 10 points)
Without common-law partner/spouse
 (Doesn’t apply)
Less than secondary school (high school)0NA
Secondary school (high school graduation)2
1-year program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes6
2-year program at a university, trade or technical in school, college, or other institutes7
Bachelor’s degree or a 3 or more years’ program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes8
2 or more diplomas, certificates, or degrees. One must be for a program of 3 or more years9
Master’s/professional required to practice in a licensed profession ( “Professional degree”, must have been in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, chiropractic medicine, law, or pharmacy)10
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.)10

Common-law partner/spouse’s proficiency in official languages – first  language

CLB level per ability (writing, reading, listening, and speaking)Max 20 points for section
 Max 5 points per ability
Without common-law partner/spouse
 (Doesn’t apply)
CLB 4 or less0NA
CLB 5 or 61
CLB 7 or 83
CLB 9 or more5

Spouse’s work experience in Canada in yearsMax 10 pointsWithout common-law partner/spouse
(Doesn’t apply)
None or less than 1 year0NA
15
27
38
49
5 or more10

Subtotal: Core / human capital + Common-law partner/spouse factors = Max 500 points

CRS – Skill transferability factors (Max 100 points)

Education

A post-secondary degree and an official language proficiency of CLB level 7 or higherPoints for CLB 7 or more on all first official language abilities, with 1 or more under CLB 9
 (Max 25 points)
Points for CLB 9 or more on all 4 first official language abilities
 (Max 50 points)
Secondary school (high school) credential or less00
Post-secondary program credential of 1 year or more1325
At least 2 post-secondary program credentials as well as a minimum of one of them was issued on completion of a post-secondary program of 3 years or more2550
A credential of university-level at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the NOC matrix at Skill Level A requiring licensing by a provincial regulatory body2550
A credential of university-level at the doctoral level2550
A post-secondary degree and work experience in CanadaPoints for education + 1 year of work experience in Canada
 (Max 25 points)
Points for education + 2 years or more of work experience in Canada
 (Max 50 points)
Secondary school (high school) credential or less00
Post-secondary program credential of 1 year or longer1325
At least 2 post-secondary program credentials and a minimum of one of them was issued on finishing a post-secondary program of at least 3 years duration2550
A credential of university-level at the master’s level or at the level of an entry-to-practice professional degree for an occupation listed in the NOC matrix at Skill Level A for which a provincial regulatory body’s license is needed2550
A credential of university-level at the doctoral level2550

Foreign work experience – Language proficiency of CLB Level 7 or higher

Foreign work experience in yearsPoints for foreign work experience + CLB 7 or more on all first official language abilities, one or more under 9
 (Max 25 points)
Points for foreign work experience + CLB 9 or more on all four first official language abilities
 (Max 50 points)
No foreign work experience00
1 – 21325
3 or more2550

Foreign work experience – With work experience in Canada

Foreign work experience in yearsPoints for foreign work experience + 1 year of Canadian work experience
 (Max 25 points)
Points for foreign work experience + 2 years or more of Canadian work experience
 (Max 50 points)
No foreign work experience00
1 – 21325
3 or more2550
Qualification certificate (trade occupations) – With official language proficiency of CLB 5 or higherPoints for qualification certificate + CLB 5 or more on all first official language abilities, one or more under 7
 (Max 25 points)
Points for qualification certificate + CLB 7 or more on all 4 first official language abilities
 (Max 50 points)
With a certificate of qualification2550

Subtotal: Core / human capital + Common-law partner/spouse + Skill transferability factors – Max 600 points

CRS – Additional points (Max 600 points)

Additional pointsMax 600 points
Brother/sister living in Canada who is a Canada PR/citizen15
Scored at least NCLC 7 on all 4 French language skills and scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or didn’t take an English test)25
Scored at least NCLC 7 on all 4 French language skills and at least CLB 5 on all 4 English skills50
Canadian Post-secondary education – credential of 1 – 2 years15
Canadian post-secondary education – credential 3 years or more30
Arranged employment – NOC 00200
Arranged employment – any other NOC 0, A, or B50
Provincial/territorial nomination600

Subtotal: Additional points – Max 600 points

Grand total: Core / human capital + Common-law partner/spouse + Skill transferability factors + Additional points = Max 1,200 points

Note: In case your partner/spouse isn’t joining you to come to Canada or they are a Canada PR/citizen, you will earn points considering the scenario as equal to not having a partner/spouse.

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Note:

PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident

NOC – National Occupational Classification

CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark

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