Many applicants are often confused by the two staged points system each applicant has to scale through when applying for Express Entry. For instance, you hear 67 points is required points for applying for Permanent residency visa while you often need  450+ over 1200 points to score well in your CRS.


So how do you first calculate your points in 67 points system than in 1200 points express entry system? Express Entry rounds of invitations.


Let’s find out about both these stages of Express Entry System separately.


67 Point System

This is the first stage of applying in the system. As a foreign skilled worker, you need to obtain a minimum of 67 points out of 100 determined by the six selection factors, i.e. age, work experience, education, language proficiency, adaptability, and arranged employment. CHECK YOUR OWN THROUGH THIS LINK.



CRS System

Once you have scaled through the eligibility criteria, you get to the 2nd round where you will be awarded points based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) out of total 1200 points. In which case your score points must measure up to the current cut off points set by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

Click HERE to check your CRS score.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of January 17, 2019

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates

The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

The table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.


Let’s assume the minimum CRS score requirement from IRCC for the latest draw was 451 points. If your score was up to or exceed the required score, you will get the Invitation to apply for Canadian PR from IRCC.


Consequently, the 67 point system is the first phase to check the eligibility of the applicant to register in Express Entry System while the CRS system is used to choose applicants who are eventually issued Canada Permanent Residence invitation.


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