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Spouse or common-law partner factor

Factors Points per factor
(Maximum 40 points)
Level of education 10
Official language proficiency 20

Summary of maximum points per factor for Express Entry candidates

Factors Points per factor - With a spouse or common-law partner Points per factor - Without a spouse or common-law partner
Age 100 110
Level of education  140 150
Official languages proficiency  150 160
Canadian work experience  70 80

Skill Transferability factors (Maximum 100 points)

Education Points per factor
(Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency and a post-secondary degree 50


With Canadian work experience and a post-secondary degree 50


Foreign work experience Points per factor
(Maximum 50 points)
With good/strong official languages proficiency (Canadian Language Benchmark [CLB] level 7 or higher) and foreign work experience 50


With Canadian work experience and foreign work experience 50


Additional points (Maximum 600 points)

Factor Maximum points per factor
Brother or sister living in Canada (citizen or permanent resident) 15
French language skills 50
Post-secondary education in Canada 30
Arranged employment - TEER 0 Major group 00 200
Arranged employment –NOC TEER 1, 2 or 3, or any TEER 0 other than Major group 00 50
PN nomination 600

When CRS is low

Examining the most recent Express Entry results is the best way to determine which Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores are able to compete for those expecting to be invited to apply for a Canadian PR.

You should not be disheartened if your CRS score is currently lower than the most recent CRS cut-off requirements. Each Express Entry draw has different CRS score requirements. CRS cut-off changes can be extremely volatile.

You may patiently wait if your CRS score is just a little bit below the most recent cut-offs in the hope that eventually the cut-off will take your CRS score into account. You can also consider ways to raise your CRS score.

You shouldn't feel discouraged if your CRS score is significantly lower than the most recent cut-offs. A provincial nomination, which is possible if you are in the Express Entry pool, will essentially ensure that you will be successful under Express Entry. You can also try to get a job offer in Canada, raise your CRS score, enroll in additional Canadian immigration schemes, or pursue a study path that will lead to a permanent resident visa in the interim.

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Raising Express Entry CRS score

You can improve your Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score by doing the following:


  • Ensure that you claim all of the CRS points for which you are eligible
  • Improve your language test score; this is most effective and important approach
  • Make your spouse the primary applicant, if the spouse ranks better in qualifying factors
  • Increase your education, if possible study in Canada 
  • Obtain additional work experience
  • Work experience or Job offer in Canada can earn an additional 50 or 200 CRS points. 


Raising Express Entry score through Provincial Nominee Program (PNP

Getting a provincial nomination is the greatest approach to raise your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) ranking. You can achieve this by making a direct application to a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream that is compatible with Express Entry. Additionally, you can join the Express Entry pool so that a province may ask you to apply through its PNP. Getting a provincial nomination will give you 600 more CRS points, which will ensure that you get an invitation from IRCC to apply for permanent residency.

Difference between PNP and Express Entry

Provinces and territories can inform the federal government that an immigrant candidate satisfies the economic needs of their region through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Such candidates receive a provincial nomination, which they can submit with their federal application for permanent residency.

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