Factors That Will Significantly Affect Your Canadian CRS Score

Factors That Will Significantly Affect Your Canadian CRS Score

Canada offers the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) to rank specific individuals that are eligible to migrate into the country. The CRS is generally used for those who are eligible for the three federal economic programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class. That said, the CRS scores each individual out of 1,200, and the higher the individual scores, the higher their chances of getting “drawn” for Express Entry to apply for immigration.

If you are curious to know what factors can affect your CRS score, here are some of them.

1. Age

Age is one of the first factors considered in the CRS, and it alone can award up to 110 points. Note that having a spouse or partner can affect the score and drop it by a little bit. For instance, if you are at the age of 25 and are single, you can score up to 110 points. If you had a spouse or a partner accompanying you, that score will only reach 100. 

With that in mind, individuals that are under 18 will not be able to gain any points in this factor, meaning they get a zero. If they are 18 or 19, they get up to 105. For ages 20 to 29, that score can go up to 110. Past that, and it starts to drop, from 105 to 66, lower as you get older. Once again, these numbers will be slightly lower if a partner or spouse accompanies you.

2. Education

Your level of education also matters and will dictate how many points you can get, which is up to 150 points.

If your education level is lower than secondary school credentials, you will not get any points for this. If you do have secondary school credentials, you will get 30 points. This increases significantly the higher your education, with a Ph.D. scoring 150 points. Once again, this is affected by whether you have a spouse or a partner, and quite significantly so. For example, if you have a Ph.D. and have a partner, you can score 140 points. If you are with a spouse, however, you will only score 10.

3. Language

There are two scores to consider when it comes to language. The first score will come from your first language ability, the second being your second language ability. Note that both will consider English and French, and the scores will be dependent on your CLB, short for Canadian Language Benchmark.

You will first score an initial 34 points or 32 points with a partner or 5 with a spouse. After that, your CLB is considered. For first language ability, if you have CLB 3 or lower, you will score zero. From there on, the higher the CLB, the more the score. Note that for CLB 4 and 5, the score will be the same. Again, this will be affected by whether you have a partner or spouse.

The scores are a lot lower for second language ability, each language ability scoring 6 and scoring zero points if you have CLB 4 or lower. 


The entire CRS system can be quite confusing at times, especially if you are trying to figure out how many points you have and what you can do to improve it. For that reason, we highly recommend working with professionals to identify ways you can improve your score to give yourself the best chances of getting drawn for Express Entry and finally immigrate into Canada. With that said, also note that different programs will take scores differently, so pay careful attention to what program you are using to understand which factors will affect your chances of success the most!

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