A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
Importantly, individual applicant or a couple may get CRS points.
Candidates do not need to have any experience in Canada in order to get ITA for permanent residence.
Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
There are different Canada express entry minimum points for various programs. For instance, applicants must score 67 points or higher (out of 100) from six selection factors (details later on this page) to qualify to immigrate to Canada as a federal skilled worker.
Candidates can score a maximum of 1200 points in the CRS, and points allocated as follows:
A core set of human capital factors that drive economic outcomes (maximum of 460-500 points):
Level of education
Official language proficiency, and
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), and
Canadian educational credential (maximum of 30 points)
Changes to a candidate’s CRS score
Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their Express Entry profile is accurate and up-to-date at all times.
The candidate can go into their profile and update their information, for example, to add a new credential or delete a job offer. The candidate’s CRS score will automatically change to reflect the new information, and the candidate will be able to see their new CRS score in their account.
Above all candidates are warned that about application misrepresentation. Your application will be refused and you may be assessed for misrepresentation if you submit an application and cannot substantiate the information in your profile or application.
IRCC assesses Express Entry applications for misrepresentation when:
when IRCC issues the applicant an ITA; and
when the applicant submits their APR.
Very importantly, when a candidate gets an ITA, their profile is “locked”. Candidates must manually recalculate their scores if their circumstance changes after the ITA is issued. A change in circumstance could impact their eligibility.