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Canada Immigration Assessment Tool

Canada Immigration Assessment Tool

Your success in the Express Entry draw is largely dependent on your understanding of the immigration program you are applying for and its Canada immigration eligibility requirements. There are over 100 Canada immigration programs with complex overlapping but also often distinct eligibility requirements. You must be clear about your suitability for any program and work out a strategy to ensure success.

Use the tool below to answer a few questions to find out if you might be able to apply under the federal Express Entry system.  It’ll take you about 15 minutes.

What Next?

Go and create your IRCC Express Entry profile!


Boost your CRS points

How to boost your Express Entry CRS points – 2020/2021 Guidelines

Canada Express Entry System

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

You also must first create an Express Entry profile with IRCC.
If you’re eligible and you have created a profile, IRCC will:
1) place you in a pool with others who are also eligible
2) give you a score and rank you using several factors
3) invite you to apply to be a permanent resident of Canada (if you’re one of the top candidates who meet the minimum CRS points for a draw)

Completing an online Express Entry profile or entering the pool does not guarantee that IRCC will invite you to apply for permanent residence.


NOTE: A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.

How’s the CRS score calculated?

Express Entry candidates are given a score out of 1,200 based on the four major sections:

A. Core / human capital factors: e.g.  Age, Education, Canadian Work Experience and Language proficiency. These are considered as key to economic success for immigrants.

B. Spouse or common-law partner factors: e.g, the accompanying spouse or common-law partner’s Language proficiency, Education, and Canadian Work Experience.

C. Skills transferability: additional points based on a combination of factors, e.g a combination of your Education, Language proficiency, and/or Non-Canadian Work Experience.


D. Additional points: e.g. 600 additional points for a nomination under one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, and other additional points for a valid job offer, etc..

The table below summarizes the maximum points that can be awarded for each factor.

Section/FactorMaximum CRS points with spouse/partnerMaximum CRS points without spouse/partner
A & B. Core/human capital factors
  Education level150150
  Language proficiency170160
  Canadian work experience8080
Total A & B.500500
C. Skill transferability factors
  Combination of (i) Education and (ii) Language proficiency OR Canadian work experience5050
  Combination of (i) Non-Canadian work experience and (ii) Language proficiency OR Canadian work experience5050
  Combination of (i) a Certificate of qualification and (ii) Language proficiency5050
Total C.100100
D. Additional points
  Provincial nomination600600
  Valid job offer200200
  French abilities3030
  Sibling in Canada (citizen or permanent resident)1515
Total D.600600
TOTAL A + B + C + D12001200

For further details on CRS and how points are awarded, please go to Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) .


See also IRCC official CRS calculator, and IRCC eligibility assessment page and ★ Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool: skilled immigrants (Express Entry)