What are the Minimum Points Required for Express Entry?


You require a score of 67 out of 100 to first be eligible to obtain a visa via the Express Entry system. Once you are proved to be eligible to need to have a great CRS score too. Read on to know how you can achieve this.

Canada is one of the best places to choose for a permanent residency. The availability of full-time work according to the Canadian Labour Market, employee benefits and low cost of living make it an ideal place for immigration.

Minimum Points Required for Express Entry

To be eligible to apply for a Canada PR under the Express Entry system, you will need a minimum score of 67 points out of 100. These points are calculated on various factors which include your age, work experience, education, language skills, adaptability, etc. 

The maximum points you can obtain for these factors are as follows:


Maximum 12 points


Maximum 25 points

Language Proficiency

Maximum 24 points 

Work Experience

Work Experience


Maximum of 10 points

Arranged employment

Additional 10 points 


Scoring 67 points alone does not help you get the PR visa, but it makes you eligible to apply to the Canada PR through the Express Entry (EE) system. 

Under the EE pool, an alternative point system is used to invite applicants for the last stage of the process. A good CRS is mandatory to get a Canadian PR in 2021.

What is the CRS score cut off for Canada?

If you are planning to apply for a permanent residency in Canada, having a decent Comprehensive Ranking Score is crucial. Here are a few things you must know about CRS points:

  • Applications with CRS score below 400, can be at risk. You may need a PNP nomination to get through.
  • The latest minimum CRS score in 2020 is 470 based on the draw conducted in October 2020 (for Federal Skilled Workers).
  • The score also varies depending upon the number of applications received in a year by the Canadian department of PR.
  • As a result, the expected cut off score in further months could be lower than the present score. 
  • The estimated minimum points can reduce even further if the need for skilled workers continues to increase, and if the number of applications for PR decreases.

To get a better clarification on the minimum CRS score in 2020, you can reach out to an experienced immigration consultant.

How can you increase your CRS score?

With the introduction of the Express Entry program, the CRS score has become a center point for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to grant a visa. 

There are at least four different ways to increase your chances in 2020.

  1. Apply for a PNP
  2. Improve the IELTS score
  3. Primary applicant change (if married)
  4. Get a job offer

1. Apply for a PNP:

A provincial nomination will help you get 600 points. 

To get a PNP nomination, you need to first lodge your application in the Express Entry Pool. Many provinces have an automated selection process based on your CRS score or your NOC code

However, you apply for at least three different options outside the Express Entry Pool:

2. Improve the IELTS score:

  • While applying for the Canadian PR, you have to take language proficiency tests like IELTS.
  • A score of 9 in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) wins you 136 CRS points under this section.
  • Tests like these can fetch you an additional 100 points under the Skill Transferability Section.
  • A French-language test can fetch you an additional 24 points.

3. Primary applicant changes (if married):

  • Additional points are awarded if you have a spouse or a common-law partner.
  • Make your partner the primary applicant if he/she has more chances to get a better score than you do.
  • If your Express Entry process has already begun, you cannot change the primary applicant. You can create a new profile, with your partner as the primary applicant.

4. Get a job offer:

  • If you have an existing job offer from any of the in-demand occupations, you can get up to an additional 200 points.
  • The Labour Market Impact Assessment must recognize the job offer.
  • This will add an edge to your application and help you receive an invitation from the immigration department, easier.

How is the CRS Score Calculated?

The CRS score is a major determinant in the Express Entry System. Before you apply for immigration, learn how CRS points are calculated so that your application doesn't get rejected. 

The major factors that determine the CRS score include:

  1. Core Human Capital Factors
  2. Spouse or Common-law partner
  3. Skill Transferability Factors
  4. Bonus points

1. Core Human Capital Factors:

The maximum points you can get based on your skills are:

  • 100 points for your age
  • 140 points depending upon your qualification
  • 150 points in language proficiency
  • 70 points if you have prior experience within the province of Canada

2. Spouse or Common-law partner:

This factor adds an edge to your application if you make your partner the primary applicant. Under this category, you can gain maximum points of:

  • 10 for your level of education
  • 20 points for language proficiency
  • 10 points for prior work experience

3. Skill Transferability Factors:

This includes several proficiency levels to be considered.

  • You can score up to 50 points for language proficiency and post-secondary education
  • For a post-secondary degree and a work experience in Canada, you can get an additional 50 points
  • Language proficiency and foreign work experience can fetch you an additional 50 points
  • If you have a certificate of qualification along with language proficiency, you can get up to another 50 points

4. Bonus points:

The government of Canada provides some additional bonus to increase the points:

  • If a province of Canada has nominated you, you can gain up to 600 points
  • You can get 200 points if you arrange a temporary job before applying
  • French language proficiency can fetch you up to 30 points
  • An additional 30 points is awarded for  a bachelor's degree or a post-secondary degree
  • Having a sibling residing in Canada fetches you another 50 points

All of these points can add up to 1200 points. The express entry draw is held by IRCC regularly that sets the CRS cut off score. This determines if an applicant would be invited to apply.

What is a good CRS score?

The CRS score is extremely important for the Canada Express Entry Program

  • Immigration specialists and immigrants consider a score of 450 to 500 as a good score
  • An applicant with a CRS score between 400 and 450 can expect an Invitation to Apply (ITA)
  • For a CRS score below 400, you need to earn additional options (refer to 'how to increase your CRS score above) that can help you enhance your scores
  • The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) accepts applications of only skilled immigrants. 

Experts think that the CRS score might further reduce in the upcoming years.

In the last entry draw that took place on Mar 4th, 2020, Canadian Immigration Authorities have invited 3900 applications for Permanent Resident visa. The number of applications is expected to rise in the next draw.

Why is Express Entry considered the Best Immigration Program?

  • There's a necessity for skilled workers in the country, which makes it profitable for immigrants.
  • The Express Entry System is one of the most famous programs that determine the fate of immigration of foreign citizens.
  • The system is based on points and profile rankings.
  • The points-based system of the country is one of the major reasons that people of different occupations find it easy to apply for Canadian PR.
  • Express Entry point’s grid analyzes the applications received.
  • This is the pattern that decides the rank of the application in the group of thousands.
  • This score is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System Score or the CRS score.

Be it the Federal Skilled Worker program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Provincial Nominee Program, or the Canadian Experience Class, all applications are selected based on occupations demand, and the CRS score cut off.

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If you are planning to apply for a Canada PR visa in 2020, there are a lot of hurdles that you need to cross. Proper research and guidance from the experts is the key to get through the hassle with ease. Contact Kansas Overseas today to understand the CRS procedures and fulfill your immigration dreams.

Topics: Canada, Immigration

K Nagaraju
K Nagaraju

Nagaraj is a veteran in processing Canada visas. He proves as the best professional to handle all PR visa process.



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