The tool enables you take an estimation of your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for Canada immigration through the Express Entry System
What is a CRS Calculator?
The Canada CRS Calculator is a tool that helps you calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score on the basis of input across various human capital factors. The CRS calculator is a points-based system that is being used to assess and award a score to an applicant’s profile in order to rank it in the Express Entry Pool.
The CRS calculator ranks skilled and eligible candidates willing to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry System by evaluating their:
- Language Ability
- Work Experience
- Other factors such as:
- core human capital factors;
- skill transferability factors;
- accompanying common-law partner and spouse factors;
- factors related to an offer of employment, nomination from a province along with others.
You can use this tool if:
- you are eligible to apply for a minimum of one Express Entry Program, and
- you have ant yet filled out an Express Entry Profile but you still want to calculate your Comprehensive ranking System (CRS) score in case you might submit one in the future;
- you are being invited to apply for the permanent residence (PR) and want to evaluate if a change in your profile would impact your CRS score.
Also, you are required to make sure that your CRS score is sufficiently higher than the minimum point score of the round of invitations under the Express Entry System.
How are CRS points calculated?
You can attain a maximum of 1200 points on the Canada CRS points calculator. The score is calculated after adding the factors which include core Human Capital Factors, Skills Transferability Factors, and points gained for skills of your spouse or common-law partner, thereby making the total CRS score equivalent to 600 points.
Additional points can be awarded over these 600 points through receiving a provincial nomination certificate from a province in Canada, getting an LMIA approved employment offer and also gaining proficiency in the French language.
How to apply for the Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) program with less CRS score?
There exist various immigration pathways, other than the Express Entry Program by which you can apply for the Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) visa even on a low CRS score. Another most prominent immigration pathway after the Express Entry System is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Some of the PNPs do not ask for a CRS score while others can issue you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) on a low CRS score as they instead require you to be working in an in-demand skilled occupation in the province. Therefore, altogether these PNPs have their individual requirement of previous/on-going work experience in a skilled occupation, a job offer from an employer in the province and more.
In case the applicant is able to accomplish the above requirements, then they can easily get a provincial nomination certificate to apply for the Canadian Permanent Residence (PR) Visa even on a less CRS score.
Some other relevant ways that can help you increase your CRS score as described as follows.
What are the different ways to improve your CRS score?
A higher score on the CRS calculator can directly increase your chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the federal or provincial government of Canada. You can increase your CRS score by focusing on certain factors, which includes:
- Siblings in Canada:
If you have a sibling (brother or sister) living anywhere in Canada as a Canadian permanent resident or citizen, then it can help you gain an additional 15 Points on your Express Entry profile.
- Higher Education:
Education is one of the crucial factors that can help you increase your total CRS score. Completing a doctorate-level degree can help you maximize your CRS score up to 140 points under the education factor.
- French language proficiency
In addition to being proficient in the English language, if you are also adept in the French language across all components then it can also help you get extra points for the same. You would be required to select French as your “Second Official language” and appear for the recognized language test to get the required points added in the total CRS score.
- Improve your IELTS score
You can get an exponential increase in your total CRS score by attaining a higher score across individual components of your IELTS test. Therefore, you can plan to re-take your IELTS test after a rigorous preparation to get the desired score on the Canada CRS score calculator.
- Gain more work experience
The Skill Transferability Factor can help you get extra points for gathering more years of experience in a skilled and eligible occupation. Therefore, in case you are having only one or two years of job experience, then it is advisable to continue working, preferably under the same occupation to increase your total CRS score.
- Get nominated by a province
Receiving a Provincial Nomination Certificate from a province in Canada is one of the most crucial ways to increase your total CRS score. If you have your profile already entered in the Express Entry System, then getting a nomination certificate from a provincial government of Canada will immediately provide you with additional 600 points towards your CRS score.
- LMIA approved employment offer
In case you are successful to get a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) approved job offer from a Canadian employer, then it will help you get an extra 50 points on your CRS score.
- Make your spouse the primary applicant
If you are applying for the permanent residence (PR) program of Canada along with your spouse or common-law partner and if they are scoring a higher CRS score than you, then it would be wise to make them the primary applicant while submitting the PR application for Canada.
Once you are able to increase your total CRS score across any of the above-mentioned factors than you can check your current CRS score using the Canada Express Entry CRS Calculator.
What is the latest CRS cut-off?
The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) releases Express Entry draws regularly in an approximate gap of two years with the purpose of issuing Invitation to Apply (ITA) to eligible and qualified applicants. Since each of these Express Entry Draws has a CRS cut-off which is the minimum CRS score requirement, therefore those express entry profiles that will be able to meet the minimum required CRS score will only be issued the Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the subsequent draw.
In the latest Express Entry draw, which took place in December 2019, the CRS score cut-off was equivalent to 469 points. This directly implies that those applicants with their Express Entry profiles submitted in the Express Entry Pool with a minimum CRS score of 469 Points or above that will surely be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the Canadian permanent residence.
What is the tie-breaking rule in the Express Entry draws?
In order to remove the discrepancy of issuing the invitation to apply (ITA) to applicants with the same CRS cut-off score, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has started using the tie-breaking rule during the Express Entry draws. Therefore, the rule applies only to those applicants that already have their profile in the Express Entry Pool and has the same score selected in the Express Entry Draw.
For instance, let’s assume that Rohit created the Express Entry Profile on December 1, 2019, with a CRS cut-off score equivalent to 444 and Asmita has created her profile in the Express Entry System on December 21, 2019, on a CRS score of 444. Later, on December 24, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued nearly 2,750 ITAs to skilled foreign applicants with a CRS score of 444 and above, applying a tie-breaking rule of December 17, 2019.
Therefore, although both Rohit and Asmita scored 444 in the Express Entry CRS cut-off draw, but since Rohit created the profile earlier and before the date mentioned in the tie-breaking rule, therefore only Rohit and not Asmita will receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for the permanent residence (PR) of Canada.
What is the minimum eligibility requirement to apply for the Canada Permanent Residence (PR) Visa?
If you are a foreign skilled immigrant and are willing to settle in Canada on a permanent basis, then getting a Canada Permanent Resident (PR) Visa could be suggested as one of the best immigration pathways. The Federal Skilled Worker Program or the FSWP enables the skilled foreign workers to apply for the permanent resident (PR) visa of Canada.
Minimum eligibility required to apply for the Canadian PR Visa under the FSWP immigration stream are described as follows:
- Work Experience: At least one year of continuous work experience or an equivalent part-time work experience in a skilled occupation gained in the last 10 years, that should be necessarily classified under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A or B.
- Educational qualification: Must have received an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for your education credentials (for bachelors and/or masters and/or doctorate degrees) received from an overseas university or college.
- English Language Proficiency: The candidate should achieve a minimum CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level equivalent to 7 points in one of the officially recognized English language proficiency tests or examinations. This includes IELTS, TOEFL along with others.
- Minimum eligibility: You should have successfully completed the 67 points skilled assessment in which the applicant is required to score a minimum of 67 points or higher in order to become eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (Express Entry Immigration Stream).
Other than the eligibility criteria described above, the skilled applicant would be required to submit sufficient and legitimate proof of funds in order to demonstrate that you have the required funds that are required to become economically established along with your dependent family members.
What are the major factors that impact the CRS score?
In addition to the eligibility criteria of the candidate required with respect to the human capital factors discussed earlier, the profile of a skilled applicant is also evaluated by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the basis of a unique Point Assessment Grid.
For all the potential applicants to claim their eligibility under the FSWP immigration stream of the Express Entry system, they are required to score at least 67 Points under the Federal Skilled Worker Program’s 100 Point Grid System.
In this Point Grid System, points are awarded to the skilled foreign applicant in the manner described as follows:
- Education: Maximum 25 Points
- Language Skills: Maximum 28 Points
- Work Experience: Maximum 15 Points
- Age: Maximum 12 Points
- Arranged Employment: Maximum 10 Points
- Adaptability: Maximum 10 Points
The point system described above has a major impact while calculating the CRS score using the Canada CRS score calculator.
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