Canada’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
The Express Entry System
The Express Entry system is a fast-track system for immigration for highly skilled workers and students. The skills and abilities of a candidate are assessed based on a point system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Canada CRS assesses the applicants and awards scores. The system aims to identify and give permanent residency status to applicants that demonstrate the ability to contribute to the innovative growth and economic prosperity of Canada.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (CIC), candidates selected under the Express Entry Program are skilled workers who possess the ability to contribute to the development of Canada’s economy.
In order to get into the Express Entry pool, the applicant needs to meet the requirements of one of these programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class.
There are a total of 1,200 points available under Canada CRS. CRS assesses the skills of the applicant based on six factors to determine the eligibility of the applicant for the Express Entry Visa:
- Arranged Employment
Applicants must obtain a minimum of 67 points out a 100 points. According to CIC, if your score is higher or equivalent to 67 you can immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. If your score is lower than 67, you do not qualify to migrate to Canada as a skilled worker but you can opt for any other visa program. Applicants with the highest scores and ranking in the Express Entry pool are sent an invitation to apply (ITA) from Canada.
|Applicants without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
||Applicants with an accompanying spouse or common-law partner
|A maximum of 500 points available for core human capital factors.
||A maximum of 460 points available for core human capital factors of the primary applicant and a maximum of 40 points for the spouse or common-law partner.
|A maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors.
||A maximum of 100 points available for skill transferability factors.
|600 points available for a provincial nomination.
||600 points available for a provincial nomination.
|Up to 200 points available for a qualifying offer of arranged employment.
||Up to 200 points available for a qualifying offer of arranged employment.
|Up to 30 points for Canadian study experience.
||Up to 30 points for Canadian study experience.
|Up to 30 additional points for French language ability, combined with English language ability.
||Up to 30 additional points for French language ability, combined with English language ability; and
|A maximum of 15 points for a sibling in Canada.
||A maximum of 15 points for a sibling in Canada (one sibling of the principal applicant and the accompanying spouse/common-law partner is considered).
Since its launch in January 2015, Canada has welcomed over 43,000 economic immigrants through the Express Entry system. A total of 69,420 ITAs have been issued so far in 2017, far more than were issued last year.
The good news for aspiring applicants is that the expected Canada CRS score for an applicant to be issued an ITA under Canada’s Express Entry Immigration system in 2017 is less than 450 points. Therefore, enabling a considerable number of applicants the chance to receive permanent resident status in Canada.
The transparency of the point system allows candidates to track, assess and review themselves and determine whether they are equipped to obtain the required points. The point system has proven to be an asset in fueling economic prosperity in Canada.
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