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Due to the ease in the country's selection process of the immigrants to work and live in it, many people aspire to get Canada's PR every year. If you get it once, you and your family can settle there with the utmost convenience.

Canada's points-based system is a very famous one in the world to select immigration aspirants. But often applicants get confused between the two types of points that are required to get Canada Permanent Residency.

One type of point system is for 100 points, and it would help you to become eligible for Federal Skilled Workers Program, the other one called Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), will give you score in the Express Entry pool.

Some of the factors are the same for both the point's systems. The primary factors that come into play in getting points 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).

Now, in this article, let's clear your ambiguities about both the points systems. Keep reading to get a good idea about what each system requires precisely to get you Canada Permanent Residency.

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

The FSW points system is the initial points calculator that helps the Canada authorities to decide whether you have all the basic eligibility to enter into Express Entry or not.

Following points explain this system in full detail:

  1. It is a points system that calculates your points for 100 maximum points.
  2. Only after getting the required score (67 points) in this system, you can enter the Express Entry pool under the Federal Skilled Workers Program.
  3. This system gives points to factors individually to each factor.
  4. The factors, to which you are given points in this system are, 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 enter the Express Entry pool. The following are the points to be known about CRS:

  1. This score is given to candidates who enter the Express Entry pool. This means that you have to first get through the 67 points system if you are applying for Canada PR under FSW program.
  2. The maximum score in this system is 1200.
  3. In these 1200 points, 600 points are allotted to "Core Factors" of the applicant like age, education, experience, job offer, language expertise, adaptability, etc.
  4. The other 600 points will be awarded to an applicant if he/she gets a provincial nomination from any province of Canada.

The 5 Differences between FSW points and CRS points:

The below table explains the 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

What is the difference between CRS and FSW Points Grid mentioned on the Canadian Website?

While both FSW and CRS system considers similar factors to allot points, 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.

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

To make your fit 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.

Other Popularly Asked Questions:

Are 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 can score higher points, it is always better.

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

  • Apply for a PR visa when you are young, preferably between 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 the first attempt.
  • Build networks 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 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 analyzing 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.

You may wonder now that when there are plenty of tools available online to calculate points, why you must approach 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, the 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, contact one of our immigration experts for a quick evaluation of your profile and get to know points under each of the respective immigration calculators.

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