Express Entry FAQ: Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
Frequently asked questions about Express Entry's Comprehensive Ranking System.
The Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS, is the Government of Canada’s unique points system for ranking Express Entry candidates based on factors including age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
Eligible candidates can submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked based on their CRS scores.
The Government of Canada regularly issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to the highest-ranked candidates through regular draws from the Express Entry pool and aims to process applications within six months.
- Obtaining the best language scores possible;
- Documenting their education and work experience correctly; and
- Taking proactive steps to pursue provincial nominee programs, a Canadian job or new credentials.
For more details, please visit our dedicated How to Improve Your CRS Score page.
For immigration purposes, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will only accept ECAs obtained from one of the designated organizations listed below:
- Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada
- World Education Services
- International Qualifications Assessment Service
- International Credential Evaluation Service
For specialist and family physicians, a report from the Medical Council of Canada is required for:
- specialist physicians (NOC 3111) and
- general practitioners/family physicians (NOC 3112)