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Canada PR Point System 2024

Canadian points-based system is widely popular for its transparency and is considered as one of the best systems to select and invite most competitive and skilled workers.?

But people often get confused between the two Canadian point systems that are required to get Permanent Residence.?

One of the Canada immigration point system is the FSW 100 points grid, which helps an applicant to qualify for Express Entry pool. While the other one is Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards you a score out of 1200 points once you enter the Express Entry pool of candidates?.

How Federal Skilled Worker Point System Works?

The Federal Skilled Worker program is one of the three key programs managed by Canada’s Express Entry system. All programs under Express Entry are highly competitive and utilize the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank and invite candidates.?

Before the CRS scores are calculated, all the candidates under FSWP must meet the minimum eligibility criteria. The IRCC uses six selection factors to assess your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and assign you a score out of 100.?

An applicant must meet the key requirements and score minimum 67 points out of 100 to qualify and submit profile via Federal Skilled Worker Program. Once they are in the pool, the IRCC uses a different system to rank an applicant s profile, i.e. CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System).?

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Find the Complete FSW 67 Points Table:?

1) Educational Qualification

Education is a key factors in the FSW points grid and hence an applicant can score highly to boost his/her chances of selection.


Points (25 max)

Doctoral (PhD) level 

25 points

Master’s level or professional degree. Occupation related to the degree must be:

23 points

. NOC 2016 Skill Level A, and


. licensed by a provincial regulatory body


Also, Degree program must be in one of the following academic disciplines: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatry, Optometry, Law, Chiropractic Medicine, or Pharmacy.


Two or more post-secondary credentials, one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential

22 points

Three-year or longer post-secondary credential

21 points

Two-year post-secondary credential

19 points

One-year post-secondary credential

15 points

Secondary school/high school diploma

5 points

2) Language Proficiency

Language Proficiency

Points (24 + 4 max)

First Official Language



4 pts/ability

IELTS 6.0/6.0/6.0/6.0


High intermediate

5 pts/ability

IELTS 6.5/7.5/6.5/6.5



6 pts/ability

IELTS 7.0/8.0/7.0/7.0


Spouse/partner’s official language (CLB4)

5 pts

IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0


24 points

Second Official Language


CLB/NCLC 5 in all abilities

4 points

IELTS 5.0/5.0/4.0/5.0


4 points

*Listening, reading, speaking, writing

3)Work Experience

You can earn valuable points based on your work experience obtained

Work Experience

Points (15 max)

1 year (at least one year of continuous work or 1,560 hours total)

9 points

2-3 years

11 points

4-5 years

13 points

6 years or more

15 points

4) Age

Age of Applicant

Points (12 max)

18 to 35

12 points


11 points


10 points


9 points


8 points


7 points


6 points


5 points


4 points


3 points


2 points


1 points

47 and over

0 points

5) Arranged Employment in Canada

The Applicant

And ..


Is currently working in Canada on an LMIA-based work permit and his or her work in Canada is considered “skilled” (NOC 0, A, or B level).

. The work permit is valid when a permanent residency application is made* and


. The employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant.

*At the time the permanent resident visa is issued, the applicant is expected to still hold a valid work permit.

Is currently working in Canada on an LMIA-exempt work permit or a work permit issued under a provincial/territorial agreement.

. The work permit is valid when a permanent residence application is made* and


. The employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant.

*At the time the permanent resident visa is issued, the applicant is expected to still hold a valid work permit.

Does not hold a valid work permit and is not authorized to work in Canada.

. A prospective employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant; and


. The offer of employment has received a positive LMIA

Holds a valid work permit or is otherwise authorized to work in Canada, but does not fall under one of the two above scenarios.

. The work permit or authorization is valid when a permanent residence application is made;


. A prospective employer has made a permanent, full-time skilled job offer to the applicant; and

. The offer of employment has received a positive LMIA

6) Adaptability


Points (10 max)

PA previous work in Canada (minimum 1 year NOC 0,A,B)

10 points

Previous study in Canada

5 points

Previous study in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner

5 points

Previous work in Canada – accompanying spouse/partner

5 points

Arranged employment in Canada

5 points

Relative in Canada – 18 years or older

5 points

Language ability CLB 4 or above – accompanying spouse/partner (IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0)

5 points

7) Additional Points

Additional Points

If you are immigrating with your spouse, then your application can get extra points if your spouse scores above CLB 4. You will receive 5 additional adaptability points as a principle applicant.

Relative in Canada 18 years or over (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, child of a parent, sibling, child of a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or grandchild of a parent, niece or nephew) who is residing in Canada and is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.


Accompanying spouse/partner’s official language (CLB/NCLC 4)


Please note, the other two Express Entry programs, including FSTP and CEC, don t use a separate points systems for confirming candidate s eligibility. For both the programs candidates have to simply meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

Comprehensive Ranking System

On the other hand, the CRS is a merit-based Canada PR Point System developed by the Canadian government to assign scores to each candidate who is in the pool.

This Comprehensive Ranking System assigns a score to candidates under each Express Entry program, including:

  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Any applicant who submits his/her profile to the Express Entry pool is awarded a CRS score out of 1200.

Approximately in every 15 days, the federal government conducts an Express Entry invitation round, where the IRCC issue Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian PR to the highest-ranking candidates.

Please note, the IRCC never discloses the details like date of the draw, number of ITAs to be issued, or minimum cut off CRS score in advance.

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A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is designed to assess your profile and the points are allotted as a group, explained below:

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

Please note, Core + Additional points make a total score out of 1200.

If you have a low CRS score then find the few key tips to improve your express entry CRS Score.

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How are Express Entry points calculated?

Canada uses the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to rank applicants in the Express Entry pool based on various factors, including:

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Proficiency in French or English
  • Foreign and Canadian work experience
  • Spouse factors
  • Connections to Canada

Will the current CRS score go down?

Though it is not possible to predict the CRS score requirement. However, if we see the latest trend, there is a constant fall in the CRS score requirement with each passing draw.

How to increase my CRS score?

To improve your CRS score, you can:

  • retake the IELTS test and aim to score up to CLB 9
  • gain more work experience
  • apply for provincial nomination and obtain 600 additional points 

Does my spouse also need to appear for IELTS test?

If you are submitting your profile via the FSW program along with your accompanying spouse, they might need to submit language test result, like IELTS and score at least CLB 4 in each ability. 

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