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How to increase your
Comprehensive Ranking System Score?

Canada has the biggest immigrant system in the world of express entry. Since, 2015, Canada is working on the design to make sure the skills of the immigrants align with the labour needs of the market. In the Express Entry pool, each applicant has a Comprehensive Ranking System Score.

The applicants with most highest scores are issued an ITA (Invitation to Apply) by the federal government. There are multiple ways to increase you CRS Score however, before that let’s go ahead and discuss how this CRS Score are given to the applicants. 

Factors on which the
Comprehensive Ranking System Score is determined

Skills and work experience.

Education, Language ability in English and/or French.

Language ability and education of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner.

Possession of a job offer supported by a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment.

Possession of a provincial government nomination for permanent residence.

Certain combinations of language skills, education and work experience that result in a higher chance of the applicant becoming employed.

How these points are distributed?

  • Provincial nomination: 600
  • Senior management job offer backed by LMIA (TEER 0 Major group 00): 200
  • Other listed job offer backed by LMIA (NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3, or any TEER 0 other than Major group 00): 50
  • Three years’ Canadian post-secondary education OR master’s OR professional degree OR doctorate: 30
  • One or two years of Canadian post-secondary education: 15
  • Other skills, work experience, education: 500
  • Transferable skills and combinations: 100
  • Sibling in Canada: 15

Ways to increase the
Comprehensive Ranking System Score

2 ways to improve your Comprehensive Ranking System Score, let’s understand both of them in details:

Make your Express Entry file perfect

Start an advance preparation Invitation to Apply (ITA) or Provincial Nomination

Make a perfect profile

Presenting yourself truthfully in your Express Entry profile is of utmost importance. Not only can this strategy help you gain additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, but it also shields you from potential penalties related to misrepresentation.

Language Proficiency 

Language proficiency is an important factor in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and can contribute to your CRS score, by adding up to 310 points when combined with other factors like higher education. If you’re in a marriage or common-law partnership, this score can rise to 320 points.


Education plays a crucial role in CRS scoring, contributing up to 200 points if your education was done outside of Canada or up to 250 points if you have a post-secondary degree from Canada. You can increase your initial education score by acquiring additional qualifications, like another degree, or by getting more Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for existing degrees.

Spouse or Common-law Partner

If you have a spouse or common-law partner, it’s wise to compare your CRS scores as potential principal applicants. In some instances, your partner’s Comprehensive Ranking System score might be higher, making it advantageous for them to be the principal applicant.

Work Experience 

Boosting your Comprehensive Ranking Systems core is achievable by acquiring additional work experience or improving the documentation of your current work history. Some jobs that may appear unskilled could involve duties classified as skilled under Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC). Looking at your duties against the NOC occupations can help you earn points you might otherwise overlook.

Beyond job titles, the next step is to calculate the duration of each job. Points are awarded for full-time or equivalent part-time work experience. Federal Skilled Worker Class candidates must possess at least one year of continuous, skilled work experience to enter the pool, but non-continuous work experience can also contribute to CRS points.

Job Offers 

Applicants who got valid job offers are eligible for an additional 50 or 200 points, based on the job’s category. A job offer in an NOC 0, A, or B level employment improves your CRS score by 50 points, whereas a job offer in a Major Group 00 Senior Management Occupation raises your score by 200 points. These job offers must be in writing and include information about the duties, responsibilities, payment, and other terms of employment.

Work Experience and Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) 

You may be qualified for nomination by one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programmes (PNPs) if you have exact evidence of your work history. Candidates for permanent residence through Express Entry who are nominated by a Canadian province are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score. Provinces may be looking for individuals with a certain type of job experience, which you may have but not think useful because it is unrelated to your main line of work.

Prepare in advance for a provincial nomination or an ITA

Everyone in the Express Entry pool should be actively preparing for an ITA or provincial nomination, regardless of their Comprehensive Ranking Systems core.

Even if you only have a CRS score of 299, a provincial nomination might suddenly increase it by 600 points, practically ensuring that you would receive an ITA in the upcoming Express Entry invitation round.

After getting an ITA, candidates only have 60 days to submit their complete application; some PNPs give even less time. You could get it right away after accepting an invitation if you have all the required paperwork ready in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

To do so there are 2 ways, you can either make your profile perfect or proactively start to prepare for ITA.

Job offers can significantly impact your CRS score. Depending on the job category, you can earn an additional 50 or 200 points. Ensure your job offer is in writing and includes essential details about your employment.

Preparing for a provincial nomination or ITA is crucial for all Express Entry candidates. A provincial nomination can instantly add 600 points to your CRS score, making an ITA more likely. Being prepared in advance can help you submit your application quickly when you receive an ITA.

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