A guide to determining CRS score under Canada Express Entry in 2022

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 Factors Points per factor (With a common-law partner or spouse) Points per factor (Without a common-law partner or spouse)
Age 100 110
Education level 140 150
 Proficiency in official languages 150 160
Work experience in Canada 70 80
Common-law partner/spouse factors
Factors Points per factor
 (Max 40 points)
Education level 10
Proficiency in the official language 20
Work Experience in Canada 10

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)
Education Points per factor
 (Max 50 points)
A post-secondary degree and good/strong official languages proficiency 50
A post-secondary degree and work experience in Canada 50
Foreign work experience Points 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 Canada 50
Certificate of qualification (for those in trade occupations) Points per factor
 (Max 50 points)
Certificate of qualification and good/strong proficiency in official languages 50

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

Additional points (Max 600 points)
Factor Max points per factor
Brother/sister living in Canada (Canada PR or citizen) 15
Language skills in French 50
Canadian post-secondary education 30
PN nomination 600
Arranged employment 200

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 years With a  common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 100 points)
Without a common-law partner/ spouse
 (Max 110 points)
17 or less 0 0
18 90 99
19 95 105
20 to 29 100 110
30 95 105
31 90 99
32 85 94
33 80 88
34 75 83
35 70 77
36 65 72
37 60 66
38 55 61
39 50 55
40 45 50
41 35 39
42 25 28
43 15 17
44 5 6
45 or above 0 0
Education Level With a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 140 points)
Without a common-law partner/ spouse
 (Max 150 points)
Less than secondary school (high school) 0 0
A secondary diploma (high school graduation) 28 30
1-year diploma, degree, or certificate from a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes 84 90
2-year program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes 91 98
Bachelor’s degree OR a 3 or more year’s program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes 112 120
2 or more certificates, degrees, or diplomas. One must be for a program of 3 or more years 119 128
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) 126 135
Doctoral level university degree (Ph.D.) 140 150

 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 ability With a common-law partner or spouse
 (Max 128 points)
Without a common-law partner or spouse
 (Max 136 points)
Less than 4 0 0
4 or 5 6 6
6 8 9
7 16 17
8 22 23
9 29 31
10 or above 32 34

 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 ability With a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 22 points)
Without a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 24 points)
4 or less 0 0
5 or 6 1 1
7 or 8 3 3
9 or above 6 6
Work experience in Canada in years With a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 70 points)
Without a common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 80 points)
None or less than a year 0 0
1 35 40
2 46 53
3 56 64
4 63 72
5 or more 70 80

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 level With common-law partner/spouse
 (Max 10 points)
Without common-law partner/spouse
 (Doesn’t apply)
Less than secondary school (high school) 0 NA
Secondary school (high school graduation) 2
1-year program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes 6
2-year program at a university, trade or technical in school, college, or other institutes 7
Bachelor’s degree or a 3 or more years’ program at a university, trade or technical school, college, or other institutes 8
2 or more diplomas, certificates, or degrees. One must be for a program of 3 or more years 9
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 less 0 NA
CLB 5 or 6 1
CLB 7 or 8 3
CLB 9 or more 5
Spouse’s work experience in Canada in years Max 10 points Without common-law partner/spouse
(Doesn’t apply)
None or less than 1 year 0 NA
1 5
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 or more 10

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 higher Points 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 less 0 0
Post-secondary program credential of 1 year or more 13 25
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 more 25 50
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 body 25 50
A credential of university-level at the doctoral level 25 50
A post-secondary degree and work experience in Canada Points 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 less 0 0
Post-secondary program credential of 1 year or longer 13 25
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 duration 25 50
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 needed 25 50
A credential of university-level at the doctoral level 25 50

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

Foreign work experience in years Points 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 experience 0 0
1 – 2 13 25
3 or more 25 50

Foreign work experience – With work experience in Canada

Foreign work experience in years Points 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 experience 0 0
1 – 2 13 25
3 or more 25 50
Qualification certificate (trade occupations) – With official language proficiency of CLB 5 or higher Points 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 qualification 25 50

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

CRS – Additional points (Max 600 points)

Additional points Max 600 points
Brother/sister living in Canada who is a Canada PR/citizen 15
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 skills 50
Canadian Post-secondary education – credential of 1 – 2 years 15
Canadian post-secondary education – credential 3 years or more 30
Arranged employment – NOC 00 200
Arranged employment – any other NOC 0, A, or B 50
Provincial/territorial nomination 600

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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