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Top 3 Major Difference between CRS and FSW points

If you are unsure about the two types of point-based ranking systems and the factors that determine your eligibility for a Canadian Visa, you are not alone. In this read, you will uncover all the differences between the CRS and FSW points.


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Many Indians aspire to obtain Canada's PR every year. The country has a ton to offer in terms of employment opportunities, job and healthcare benefits, and quality of life. If you get the PR, you can settle in Canada with your family and live a great life!

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 ambiguities 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).

Keep reading to get clear insights onto what each system requires and how it can help you get a Canada Permanent Residency.

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.

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

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.

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

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.
Difference between CRS and FSW points

Difference between CRS and FSW Points Grid as mentioned on the Canadian Website

While both FSW and CRS system considers 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.

People Also Ask:

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.

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What if I don't have the required CRS score?

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 visa or the time period in which the visa may be issued.

Ideally, a CRS score 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 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.

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 analysing profiles, 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.

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.

We’ve listed down a few:

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.


Kansas Overseas Careers are India’s most trusted Consultants of Canada immigration. We will tell you exactly where you lack points and what measures can help you save yourself from ineligibility and rejection.

Contact our immigration experts for a quick evaluation of your profile and get to know points under each of the respective immigration calculators today.