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Canada is one of the most popular destinations for immigrants from all over the world. The country is known for its high standard of living, excellent healthcare system, and diverse culture. In a recent survey conducted by Gallup (a global analytics and advice firm), participants chose Canada as one of their most preferred destinations to migrate. The government of Canada has set up various criteria that applicants need to meet in order to be considered for immigration. One of the factors that determine an applicant’s eligibility is their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the importance of CRS score in Canadian immigration.
What is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score?
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system that is used to select candidates for Canadian permanent residency through the Express Entry selection system that is owned and managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It evaluates various factors, such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, adaptability, etc., to assign a score to each applicant. The maximum CRS score a candidate can obtain is 1,200 points. Higher the score, the better the chances of getting an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
How is CRS Related to Express Entry (EE)?
Your CRS Score is directly related to the Express Entry (EE) selection system, which is an online system used by the Canadian government to manage and process applications for permanent residency from skilled workers who want to move to Canada. The CRS score is the primary method used to rank and select candidates who apply through an Express Entry aligned immigration program. Once a candidate creates an Express Entry profile, they are awarded a CRS score based on various factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.
Periodically, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts Express Entry draws in which they invite highest ranking candidates for permanent residency. This ranking is based on their CRS score. Candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) can then submit a complete application for permanent residency to the government of Canada within the specified time frame. In Federal immigration programs, the CRS score plays a significant role in determining whether an applicant will be invited to apply for permanent residency through Express Entry. But when it comes to Provincial immigration programs or PNPs, various other factors also play crucial rule, for instance your preferred destination, whether your NOC is in the province’s in-demand list, etc.
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What are the different assessment areas in CRS?
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) has 4 sections that are used to evaluate and rank potential candidates based on their qualifications, experience, and other factors. They are:
How Can I Improve My CRS Score?
Here are some ways to improve your CRS score:
By taking some of these steps, you can improve your CRS score and increase your chances of being selected.
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