Top 5 Difference between CRS and FSW points

In this read, you will uncover all the differences between the CRS and FSW points.

Canada's points-based system usually gets applicants confused between the two types of points required to get a Canada Permanent Residency. This article focuses on the clearing confusions in both the points systems:

  1. A 100-point system to be eligible for Federal Skilled Workers Program, and
  2. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to assess the best candidates in the Express Entry pool.

While a few factors remain the same for both, the key factors that affect your ranking are –  age, education, work experience, language proficiency (in English or French), and adaptability in Canada (presence of siblings or relatives in Canada will prove this). Read along.

What is the CRS points system?

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is used to calculate the scores of candidates who have entered into the Express Entry pool. For this, you have to first get through the 67 points system if you are applying for Canada PR under FSW program.

  • The maximum score in the CRS points system is 1200.
  • Of the 1200 points, 600 is allotted to ‘Core Factors’ of the applicant like age, education, experience, job offer, language expertise, adaptability, etc.
  • The other 600 points will be awarded to an applicant if he/she gets a provincial nomination from any province of Canada.

What is the Canada FSW point system (67 points system)?

The FSW points system is the initial point calculator that helps Canadian authorities to decide if you are eligible for Express Entry or not.

  • FSW is a point- based system that evaluates your profile within a 100-point maximum-score.
  • You need a minimum score of 67 points to enter the Express Entry pool under the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
  • You are scored based on factors like age, educational qualification, work experience, English/French Skills, adaptability and job offer.

5 Differences between FSW points and CRS points

FSW Points System

CRS System

Test to determine initial eligibility to apply for permanent residence visa

Ranking procedure to analyse the rank and chances of selection from the pool of Express Entry applications

Points allotted under individual factors

Points allotted as group

Six selection factors:
Age, education, work experience, language skills, job offer, adaptability

Grouping of Points as:

  • Core Human Capital Factors
  • Spouse Factors
  • Skill Transferability Factors
  • Bonus Points

Spouse factors are not included during points calculation

Spouse factors are included and points structure differs when included

Provincial Nomination has no points

Provincial Nominations can fetch you 600 points.

Calculate your CRS Score

  • CRS score or the Comprehensive Ranking System is Canada's eligibility calculator for immigrants.
  •  CRS calculator is used in the 'Express Entry' method. 
  • A candidate must score a minimum of 67 points to be eligible to apply for the Express Entry Program.
  • Once eligible, the candidate must score a minimum of 471 points in the Express Entry Program.(in 2020)

How to Increase your CRS score?

What to do if you don't have the required CRS score? That’s alright. The good news with CRS is that there is no cut-off limit. No matter how much your CRS score is, you can apply for a visa in the Express Entry. However, this does not guarantee you a visa or the time period in which the visa may be issued.

There are ways to improve your CRS score and get your PR visa within the upcoming draws of 2020:

Gain a Diploma Certificate

Besides your graduation or post-secondary school qualification, a diploma certificate in any skill that is closely related to your chosen occupation will greatly help in adding extra points.

Look for a Job Offer

A job offer from a Canadian employer can not only add extra points to your CRS but also increase your profile value. Take the help of our job search experts in finding a job in Canada while your visa is in process.

Apply for a Provincial Nomination Program

Provinces nominate candidates who are a significant asset to their economy. If you are able to obtain a provincial nomination for yourself, then there's nothing you will need to worry about further. You will get direct points on your nomination and get your PR visa.

Include Spouse Skills

If you are married and your spouse has eligible traits of Canada immigration, then why not take a benefit from it? Include their skills in your profile and gain points for spouse factors.

CRS POINTS TABLE: Calculate your score



Max Points

Core/Human Capital Factors

460 (with spouse)

560 (without spouse)

Spouse or Common-Law Factors


Skills Transferability Factors


Additional Points


Maximum Total Points



Spousal and Non-Spousal points:


Max Points With Spouse

Max Points Without Spouse




Level Of Education



Official Language Proficiency



Canadian Work Experience



Spouse’s Education Level



Spouse’s Language Proficiency



Spouse’s Canadian Work Experience



Education Transferability



Foreign Work Experience Transferability



Certification of Qualification



Total Points




For additional points:


Max Points

Brother/Sister In Canada


French Language Skills


Post Secondary Education In Canada


Arranged Employment (Valid Job Offer)


Provincial Nomination




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So, here’s what you need to remember:

While both FSW and CRS systems consider similar factors on allotting of points, they are vastly unique.

  • The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program Points are calculated on a total of 100 points, and the Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) is calculated on a total of 1200 points
  • To calculate points for FSW, the Canada Immigration Points Calculator is used as a reference.
  • To calculate points for CRS, the CRS calculator is used as a reference.

With this being clear, we can consider that the CRS system is the latter stage of point’s calculation.

To make your move towards Canada PR, you need to first pass through the FSW points system and get a minimum of 67 points. Only then, your CRS score will be considered.

So, do you want to move to Canada? We’ll help you get the points.

Other FAQS:

Is 67 Points enough to be Eligible for Canada Immigration?

No. A score of 67 points under FSW program will only help you to get in the Express Entry program. And the points that you score under the CRS system determines if you will get the PR visa. 

To score 67 points or more in your first attempt:

  • Apply for a PR visa when you are aged between 18 and 35
  • Strive for a qualification higher than a Bachelor's degree
  • Gain a work experience that is more than 5 years.
  • Attempt IELTS with proper coaching so that you can score high in the first attempt.
  • Build networks overseas and try to gain a qualifying offer of employment from a Canadian employer. 

After this, you have to calculate your CRS score and strive to get the required CRS score. Only after this, you will be able to proceed with the Educational Credential Assessment and further process steps.

How is the 67 point system different from the express entry system for immigration to Canada?

Express Entry is an online system through which candidates can apply online for one of the federal programs. Federal Skilled Worker( 67 point system) is one of these federal programs for permanent residency in Canada.

Express Entry system has its own scoring system called the CRS. It helps determine not only the points for Express Entry but also decides whether you are eligible for any of the federal programs. 

How to calculate my points for Canada Immigration?

Now that you know the differences between the two points system of Canada immigration let us help you calculate your points under each system.

Why approach a consultant when you can get your CRS Score online?

Well, there are 3 reasons, big enough for you to take the right decision:

1. Online Canada Immigration Points Calculators are Robotic

Not all online Canada immigration calculators will give you accurate results. Since they are hard-coded software, the chances are that they may have technical glitches or simply just wrongly coded could mean that your CRS score is not accurate.

Most calculators cannot determine your exact National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, and that's where most of the things go wrong.

2. Out-dated Calculators

The point requirement often keeps changing. Not all Canada Immigration Calculator tools are very adaptive to these changes. 

3. Online Points Calculator for PR Visa doesn’t show you loopholes

How will you know which areas to improve to better your points? Only an experienced and trusted immigration consultant will tell you best. 


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