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Difference between CRS and FSW points


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As you are aware that Canada follows a points based system to accept your permanent residency application, you may be often confused between these two when calculating to your points.

You are asked to score 67 points to be eligible and on the other hand require CRS to receive to get selected from the pool! Why?

Difference between CRS and FSW points

Well, this article aims to help you understand the difference between the CRS and FSW points, both which are mandatory aspects to consider when you apply for PR in Canada.

We will also talk about the significance of each of the systems has in Canada immigration program and how to improve points under each.

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What is The Difference between the 67 Points System and Express Entry System for Immigration to Canada?

The Express Entry System:

Express Entry is an electronic system that is designed to manage PR visa applications Canada receives from skilled workers.

These applications are submitted to Express Entry in hopes of gaining a permanent residency status (similar to US green card) and allowing them a permanent permit to reside in Canada.

The Express Entry is a complete online system. All the applications it receives are to be updated, verified and selected through online procedures. However, to do so Canada has set several parameters.

Not every skilled professional can send in an application of PR visa to Express Entry. They have to ensure that they meet Canada’s economy demand and prove to be a skilled asset to the Canadian economy.

To judge this aspect, Canada uses the 67 Points System.

The 67 Points System:

Under this system, the candidate is required to meet several eligible parameters and score 67 points in immigration test. All factors of your profile like your age, education, work experience, English language ability, previous employment or study in Canada etc.

Is taken into consideration during this immigration test. Every factor has a score allotted. Calculating the total of all factors, if you are able to score 67 points, you are eligible to apply for the PR visa. However, this does not mean that you will get the visa.

To understand your best chances of getting the PR visa, quicker or later, you will need to check another score under the Comprehensive Ranking System, known as the CRS score.

The CRS System:

The Comprehensive Ranking System in simpler words is a ranking pattern that we used to follow during our school days. Among a class strength of 50-60, your skills will be judged based on the marks you get and you will be given a ranking.

In the case of Express Entry, your application will be judged against all other applications submitted to Express Entry for PR and a ranking based on your factors, points and profile is given to you. This raking is called the CRS score.

Canada immigration authorities will majorly consider your Comprehensive Ranking System to select your application.

This is done during draws. Every fortnight Immigration Canada Department conducts draws and selects candidates based on a predetermined CRS cut-off.

Hence, both the FSW and CRS systems are two streams of the Express Entry system and more alike two sides of the same coin.

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What is the Difference between CRS 1200 and FSW 100 Points Grid mentioned on the Canadian Website?

While both FSW and CRS system consider similar factors to allot point, their points allocation system certainly varies. To answer this question, these points may help:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program Points are calculated on a total of 100 points
  • The Comprehensive Ranking Score is calculated on a total of 1200 points

Apparently, both these points are calculated on two different calculators of Canada immigration.

  • 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.

Check out this table to understand the differences how points are allotted under each system:

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

With this being clear, we can consider that the CRS system is the later stage of points calculation.

In order to make your first move towards your Canada migration dreams, you need to pass through the FSW points system and get 67 points. Only then, your CRS score will be considered.

Is 67 Points Enough to be Eligible for Canada Immigration?

Yes. A score of 67 points is enough for you to be eligible for Canada immigration. However, if you are able to score higher points, it is always better.

This gives your profile a chance of improved CRS and a faster successful immigration. In order to get these 67 points or more at first attempt, here are a few tips that may help you:

  • Apply for PR visa when you are young, preferably in the age of 18-35.
  • 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 get the required IELTS score in first attempt.
  • Build network overseas and try to gain a qualifying offer of employment from a Canadian employer. This also helps you in building prospects to work in Canada.

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.

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What if I Don’t Have the Required CRS score?

The good news with CRS is that there is no lower limit. No matter how much your CRS is you will be able to lodge your application with the Express Entry. However, this will not guarantee you the visa or the time period in which the visa may be issued.

Ideally, a CRS above 460 points will get you a PR visa in 2020. This can be determined based on the results of the latest Express Entry draws, 2020.

This year, CIC has often marked the cut-off score above 430 and issued invitations to candidates who were able to reach this cut-off score.

If you don’t have a score of 430 or above, then don’t panic. There’s so much easy stuff you can work on in order 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 out 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 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 big 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 a 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.

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.

Our Evaluation experts are specialized in analyzing profile, evaluating scores and suggesting further steps based on the calculation outcome. All you need to do is get in touch with us and ask us for a quick evaluation service.

Adhering to the norms of Canada immigration and in the guidance- of an Independent IRCC consultant, we will evaluate your profile very fast and give you a detailed report of Canada eligibility check.

You may wonder now that when there are plenty of tools available online to calculate points, why you must approach to immigration consultants to check your score. Well, there are reasons, big enough that you must be aware of before taking this move:

  • Online Canada Immigration Points Calculators are Robotic: Not all online Canada immigration calculators will give you accurate results.
    Since they are created using robotic techniques and software implementation, chances are that they may have technical glitches and give you results that are not accurate.
    They cannot determine your exact National Occupational Classification (NOC) code and that’s where most of the things go wrong.
  • Tool Calculation is Not Up-to-Date: Points requirement often keeps changing. Canada immigration calculator tools are not very adaptive to these changes. Thus, they lead to inaccurate or old rule-related results.
  • Online Points Calculator for PR Visa Do Not Help You Understand Loopholes: How will you know which areas to improve to better your points? This only an experienced and trusted immigration consultant will tell you best.
    Consultants of Canada immigration will tell you exactly where you lack points and what measures can help you save yourself from ineligibility. So, connect to one of our immigration experts for a quick evaluation of your profile and get to know points under each of respective immigration calculators.

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