Canada PR Points Table: Express Entry & CRS Points


When you are immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry, you need to score enough points so as to be eligible for immigration. The PR points are also known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. It scores a candidate’s profile in the Express Entry pool and ranks it. When Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts an Express Entry draw, the highest-ranking candidates are selected to apply for Canadian permanent residency, if they meet the eligibility criteria of that round. 

Hence, it is essential to score higher Canada PR points so as to receive an ITA for PR sooner. Read on to know the criteria based on which you can receive higher PR points. 

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Canada PR Points: An Overview

The Canada permanent residency points refer to the CRS points. However, to get the CRS points, you must first create an Express Entry profile. Further, to be able to create a profile, you need to be eligible for any one of the Express Entry programs, which are:

Take a look at the following example to understand the role of PR points in Canadian immigration:

‘Saina wished to immigrate to Canada and a close friend of hers recommended that since she had about 2-3 years of work experience as a financial manager in India, she should choose the Express Entry program. The friend knew that her work experience in such a highly skilled occupation would gain her higher points and maybe make her eligible for FSWP. 

Saina created her IRCC account and signed in using her GCKey username and password. When she logged into her account, Saina found that she needed to answer questions regarding her age, and work experience, provide an ECA, upload her language proficiency test results, and some other information. 

After she was done, her profile was created and evaluated by the Comprehensive Ranking System. The system assigned her the Express Entry program that she was eligible for and a CRS score. Turns out, Saina did pretty well in terms of ranking and as for the program, she was assigned to apply through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (if she receives an ITA in a draw). 

The reason why was assigned FSWP was because she had work experience in a TEER 0 category occupation outside of Canada. If she had the same work experience in Canada, she would be eligible for the CEC. 

To be eligible for FSWP, Saina must have scored at least 67 points out of the 100 points criteria. If she hadn’t scored that many points, Saina would not have been eligible for Express Entry. 

Now that she has created her Express Entry profile, received the program and the CRS points, all she has to do is wait for an Express Entry draw to be conducted. When a FSWP-specific draw or a general draw is conducted, and Saina meets the CRS cut-off, she might receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. 

The ITA will remain in her IRCC account for the next 60 days and during this time, she will have to submit a completed PR application to IRCC and since she applied through the FSWP, her application may be processed within 5 months.’

Takeaways from the example:

  • An individual is assessed based on their skills, age, language skills, work experience, etc
  • The CRS evaluates the individual and assigns them the program they qualify for. NOTE: The applicant cannot choose the Express Entry program, it’s the system that determines it. 
  • The 67-points requirement is only for the FSW program. If a candidate is found eligible for CEC or FSTP, they do not need to score any other points. 
  • Since Saina had a high score, she received ITA sooner. If her CRS had been low, she might have had to increase her points or wait for a draw with a low CRS cut-off, which is something that doesn’t happen easily. 

Now, let’s understand on what basis the CRS points and the FSWP points are allotted. These points together make up the concept of “Canada PR points”. 

Comprehensive Ranking System Score

The CRS score is based on the following categories:

  • Core Factors
  • Spouse Factors
  • Skills Transferability Factors
  • Additional Factors

Core Factors

1. Age

CRS Points Allotted
Age(Max 110 points without a spouse/partner)(Max 100 points with a spouse/partner)

2. Language Proficiency

These points are allotted per ability. 

Language Proficiency(Max 160 points without a spouse)(Max 150 points with a spouse)
First Official Language
CLB 4 or 566
CLB 698
CLB 71716
CLB 82322
CLB 93129
CLB 10 or more3432
Second Official Language
CLB 5 or 611
CLB 7 or 833
CLB 9 or more66

3. Education

Education Level(Max 150 points without a spouse)(Max 140 points with a spouse)
High School Graduation3028
1 year degree9084
2 year degree9891
Bachelor’s degree120112
Two or more certificates128119
Master’s degree135126

4. Work Experience

Years of Work Experience(Max 80 points without a spouse)(Max 70 points with a spouse)
1 year4035
2 years5346
3 years6456
4 years7263
5 years or more8070

Spouse Factors

1. Education

Education Level(Max 10 points)
High School Graduation2
1 year degree6
2 year degree7
Bachelor’s degree8
Two or more certificates9
Master’s degree10

2. Language Proficiency

Language Proficiency(Max 10 points)
CLB 5 or 61
CLB 7 or 83
CLB 9 or above5

3. Work Experience

Years of Work Experience(Max 10 points)
1 year5
2 years7
3 years8
4 years9
5 years or more10

Skills Transferability Factors

Skill Transferability Factors (Max 100 points)For Each Factor
EducationGood language skills + post-secondary degree50
Work experience + post-secondary degree
Work ExperienceCLB level 7 or above + International Work Experience
Canadian Work Experience + International Work Experience
Certificate of QualificationGood language skills + Certificate of Qualification

Additional Factors

Additional Factors (Max 600 points)For Each Factors
Sibling Living in Canada as a PR or Citizen15
Post secondary Canadian education30
French Language50
Job Offer –NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3,(any except for Major group 00)
Job offer – TEER 0 Major group 00200
Provincial Nomination Certificate600

Use the above tables to calculate your own CRS points!

FSWP Points

As for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), or also known as the 67-points calculator, let’s take a look at how it is calculated below. 

FSWP points are calculated based on the following factors:

FactorsMaximum Points Allotted
Language Skills28
Education 25
Work Experience15
Job Offer10

To know whether you qualify for FSWP or not, calculate your points using the following tables:

1. Language Skills

Language Skills
First official languageSpeakingListeningReadingWriting
CLB 9 or higher6666
CLB 85555
CLB 74444
Second official languagePoints
At least CLB 5 in all abilities4

2. Education

Level of educationPoints
Secondary school5
1 year degree15
2 year degree19
Bachelor’s degree (three or more years)21
Two or more degrees22
Professional degree to practice in a licensed occupation23
University degree at the Master’s level23
Professional degree to practice in a licensed occupation23
Master’s degree23

3. Work Experience

Years of Work ExperiencePoints
6 or more years15

4. Age


5. Adaptability 

For spouse/partner’s language level5
Main applicant’s Canadian Education
Spouse’s Canadian Education
Spouse’s Work Experience
Canadian Job Offer
Canadian relatives
Main applicant’s Work Experience10

6. Job Offer

You must have had a job offer from a Canadian employer for a full-time, non-seasonal job. The job offer must be in a TEER category 0, 1, 2, or 3. 

We hope you understood how to calculate your PR points using the tables provided above. Now, in case you are still unsure how to do it, why not just get some help from the experts? Give Talent Connected Worldwide a quick call at +91 844-838-6496 right now and know all the possibilities of how you can immigrate to Canada without much hassle. 

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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