Understanding Express Entry CRS Points and FSW Points

Understanding Express Entry CRS Points and FSW Points

Moving to is like a dream come true for tens and thousands of aspiring individuals and families. For those foreign nationals who have good command over English language and a prior skilled work experience, Express Entry's Federal Skilled Worker program makes an ideal pathway. As mentioned, the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one among the three economic immigration programs managed within Express Entry system of Canada. An applicant who applies under FSWP is required to meet the minimum 67-points requirement out of 100 on the FSW grid. These points are allocated based on six selection factors and only upon meeting this criteria, an applicant qualifies to enter the Express Entry pool of candidates. While, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a merit-based selection system used by the Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to assign a score out of 1200 to each applicant who enters the Express Entry pool under all three programs, including Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class. Point Allocation under FSW Points Grid and CRS To qualify for FSW points criteria, your profile will be assessed based on following six selection factors:

  • Language skills points (maximum 28 points)
  • Education points (maximum 25 points)
  • Work experience points (maximum 15 points)
  • Age points (maximum 12 points)
  • Arranged employment in Canada points (maximum 10 points)
  • Adaptability points (maximum 10 points)

Point Allocation under Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) In order to rank candidates, the IRCC assigns a CRS score to each applicant in the EE pool out of 1200, which includes:

  • Core: Up to 600 points
  • Skills and experience factors
  • Spouse or common-law partner factors, such as their language skills and education
  • Skills transferability, including education and work experience
  • Additional: Up to 600 points
  • Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
  • a valid job offer
  • a nomination from a province or territory
  • a brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
  • strong French language skills

Improving your Express Entry CRS scoresIf your scores are not high enough, you must put efforts in increasing your overall CRS score by:

  • Working on your language proficiency skills and aim to score up to CLB 9 or 10
  • Learning a second language, i.e., French to garner additional points
  • Getting a provincial nomination to get additional 600 points
  • Getting higher education, like a PhD or Masters degree

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