Comprehensive Ranking System

The Comprehensive Ranking System is used to assign a score to the Express Entry Profiles submitted for Immigration to Canada. This score determines the rank of a candidate in the Express Entry Pool.

Click here to calculate your Comprehensive Ranking Score or Express Entry Points.

This system assigns a score to each profile from a total of 1200. Comprehensive Ranking Score (Express Entry Points) is based on Core Factors (600 Points) and Additional Factors (600 Points).

Core Factors include:

  1. Skills and experience factors
  2. Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
  3. Skills transferability, including education and work experience

And

Additional Factors include:

  1. Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  2. Valid job offer
  3. Nomination from a province or territory
  4. Brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
  5. French language skills

The System then ranks the profiles according to the score and date and time of submission of the profile to the Express Entry Pool. This means that if two profiles have the same score the one which was submitted earlier (even by one second) will get higher rank.

Comprehensive Ranking System Score

As mentioned above the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score is calculated based on Core Factors and Additional Factors each carrying a 600 Point weightage, thus total of maximum 1200 points.

The Core Factors are further divided into three sections:

  1. Human Capital Factors
  2. Spouse or Common Law Partner Factors
  3. Skill Transferability Factors

The Human Capital Factors and Spouse or Common Law Partner Factors collectively carry maximum 500 Points (460 for Human Capital + 40 for Spouse or Partner Factors). For the Single Candidates the Human Capital Factors carry a maximum of 500 Points itself.

Single Candidates (for the purpose of CRS) are those who do not have a spouse or Common Law Partner or whose spouse or partner is not coming to Canada with them or are already a Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada.

These factors carry the maximum points as per the table below:

  1. Human Capital Factors

FactorsPoints with a Spouse or Common-Law PartnerPoints without a Spouse or Common-Law Partner
Age 100110
Level of Education 140150
Official Languages Proficiency 150160
Canadian Work Experience 7080

2. Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors

FactorsPoints per Factor
(Maximum 40 points)
Level of Education 10
Official Language Proficiency 20
Canadian Work Experience 10

Total of Human Capital Factors and Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors carry Maximum of 500 Points.

3. Skill Transferability Factors

Maximum 100 Points

EducationPoints per factor
(Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree50
With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree50
Foreign Work ExperiencePoints per factor
(Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher) and foreign work experience50
With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience50
Certificate of Qualification (for people in trade occupations)Points per factor
(Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a certificate of qualification50

4.  Additional Factors

Maximum 600 Points

FactorMaximum points per factor
Brother or Sister living in Canada as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident15
French Language Skills30
Post-secondary Education in Canada30
Arranged Employment200
Provincial Nomination600

Calculation of Comprehensive Ranking Score / Express Entry Points:

The Breakdown of Comprehensive  Ranking Score, for each section is explained below:

 

1. Core Human Capital Factors

  • With a spouse or common-law partner: Maximum 460 points total for all factors.
  • Without a spouse or common-law partner: Maximum 500 points total for all factors.

Age

  • With Spouse: Maximum 100 points
  • Without Spouse: Maximum 110 points
AgeWith SpouseWithout Spouse
17 years or less00
18 years9099
19 years95105
20-29 years100110
30 years95105
31 years9099
32 years8594
33 years8088
34 years7583
35 years7077
36 years6572
37 years6066
38 years5561
39 years5055
40 years4550
41 years3539
42 years2528
43 years1517
44 years56
45 years or more00

Education

  • With Spouse: Maximum 140 points
  • Without Spouse: Maximum 150 points
Level of EducationWith SpouseWithout Spouse
Below secondary/high school00
Secondary/high School2830
One year degree, diploma or certificate8490
Two year degree, diploma or certificate9198
Bachelor’s Degree or a minimum three years program112120
Two or more post secondary degrees or diplomas (at least one is of minimum three years)119128
Any master’s Degree or a professional degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, pharmacy or law126135
Doctoral Level – PhD140150

First Language Proficiency

  • With spouse: Maximum 128 points (maximum 32 points in each module; Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
  • Without spouse: Maximum 136 points (maximum 34 points in each module; Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
CLB/NCLC LevelWith SpouseWithout Spouse
Less than 400
4 or 566
689
71617
82223
92931
10 or more3234

CLB conversion charts:

IELTS to CLB Conversion Chart

ListeningReadingWritingSpeakingCLB Level
4.53.54.04.04
5.04.05.05.05
5.55.05.55.56
6.06.06.06.07
7.56.56.56.58
8.07.07.07.09
8.58.07.57.510 and above

TEF to CLB Conversion Chart

ListeningReadingWritingSpeakingNCLC Level
145-180121-150181-225181-2254
181-216151-180226-270226-2705
217-248181-206271-309271-3096
249-279207-232310-348310-3487
280-297233-247349-370349-3708
298-315248-262371-392371-3929
316+263+393+393+10

Second Language Proficiency

  • With spouse: Maximum 22 points (maximum 6 points in each module; Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
  • Without spouse: Maximum 24 points (maximum 6 points in each module; Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
CLB/NCLC LevelWith SpouseWithout Spouse
Less than 400
5-611
7-833
9 and above66

For detailed information on approved language tests and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) click here.

Canadian Work Experience

  • With spouse: Maximum 70 points
  • Without spouse: Maximum 80 points
Number of YearsWith SpouseWithout Spouse
0 – less than 100
13540
24653
35664
46372
5 or more7080

2. Spouse or Common-Law Partner Factors

  • Maximum 40 points if your Spouse or Common-Law Partner is coming with you to Canada and is not already a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

SPOUSE’S EDUCATION

  • Maximum 10 points
Level of EducationPoints
Below secondary/high school0
Secondary/high School2
One year degree, diploma or certificate6
Two year degree, diploma or certificate7
Bachelor’s Degree or a minimum three years program8
Two or more post secondary degrees or diplomas (at least one is of minimum three years)9
Any master’s Degree or a professional degree in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, pharmacy or law10
Doctoral Level – PhD10

SPOUSE’S FIRST LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

  • Maximum 20 points (maximum 5 points in each module; Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
CLB/NCLC LevelPoints
Less than 40
5-61
7-83
9 and above5
SPOUSE’S CANADIAN WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Maximum 10 points
Number of YearsPoints
0 – less than 10
15
27
38
49
5 or more10

3. Skills Transferability Factors

  • Maximum 100 Points

Education and Language proficiency

 CLB 7 or more in all first language abilities and with at least one under CLB 9CLB level 9 or more in all first language abilities
Secondary School or less00
Post secondary certificate or diploma of minimum one year1325
Two or more post secondary courses and at least one is of 3 years or more2550

 

Education and Canadian Work Experience

 1 year of Canadian Work Experience2 or more years of Canadian Work Experience
Secondary School or less00
Post secondary certificate or diploma of minimum one year1325
Two or more post secondary courses and at least one is of 3 years or more2550

 

Language Ability and Foreign Work Experience

 CLB 7 or more in all first language abilities and with at least one under CLB 9CLB level 9 or more in all first language abilities
No foreign work experience00
1 – 2 years1325
3 years or more2550

 

Foreign Work Experience and Canadian Work Experience

 1 year of Canadian Work Experience2 or more years of Canadian Work Experience
No foreign work experience00
1 – 2 years1325
3 years or more2550

 

Certificate of Qualification in a Trade and Language Ability

 CLB 5 or more in all first language abilities and with at least one under CLB 7CLB level 7 or more in all first language abilities
Certificate of Qualification in a trade2550

4. Additional Factors

  • Maximum 600 Points
Brother or Sister in CanadaPoints
If you or your spouse has a real brother or sister who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada15
French Language SkillsPoints
Scored 7 or higher NCLC Level in all four abilities and CLB Level 4 or lower in any of English abilities15
Scored 7 or higher NCLC Level in all four abilities and CLB Level 5 or higher in all of English abilities30
Canadian EducationPoints
One or two years of post secondary education in Canada15
Three years or longer post secondary education in Canada30
Arranged EmploymentPoints
Qualified Arranged Employment from a Canadian Employer for an occupation under NOC 00 – Senior Management200
Qualified Arranged Employment from a Canadian Employer for an occupation under NOC 0, A or B50
Provincial NominationPoints
Provincial Nomination Certificate600

Using the above given tables for Points Breakup you can easily calculate your Comprehensive Ranking Score for Immigration to Canada under Express Entry System.

You do not need to submit your calculated score with the application. The online system will automatically calculate your score when you complete your profile and submit it.

You can check the minimum Scores Invited under each Express Entry program here.