Slight Revisions Made In the CRS Ranking Approach

CRS SCOREDATE AND TIME OF PROFILE SUBMISSION407July 4, 2016, at 14:03:12 Invited407November 30, 2016, at 20:04:41407January 12, 2017, at 07:43:13407January 12, 2017, at 17:15:353402407May 25, 2017, at 12:20:25

Express Entry program is a relatively new program which makes the process of Immigration to Canada much faster. More people can now immigrate to Canada because there are multiple changes made in the Express Entry program which provides benefits to the people willing to immigrate to Canada.

Recently a few changes that were made to the Canada Express Entry program were that additional points may be granted to the candidates, applying for Canada immigration, who have siblings living in Canada. Similarly, additional points may be awarded to the candidates who are proficient in French language.

In addition to the changes made earlier that were effective as of June 6, 2017, there are some revisions made in the CRS ranking approach as well. Candidates in the Express Entry pool with tied scores under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) are now ranked according to the precise date and time they submitted their profiles on. This new ranking approach is one of the changes introduced by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on June 6, 2017.


This change only applies in the case of candidates with ties CRS scores. The primary factor in determining his or her ranking in the pool is still a candidate’s CRS score, high or low. In the case of candidates with tied CRS scores, profiles are ranked according to the date and time of submission. Older profiles are ranked higher than more recently-submitted profiles.

As of June 6, 2017, the CRS cut-off point for future draws will be established by the CRS score and submission time of the lowest-ranked candidate invited. For example, if IRCC wishes to issue 3,400 Invitations to Apply (ITAs), the CRS score and submission time of the 3,400th candidate in the pool at the moment of the draw will establish the minimum CRS requirement and most recent submission time requirement of that draw.

The below table illustrates the time stamp in action during a hypothetical future draw. The information in this table represents an example only, and is not based on actual statistics of a specific IRCC draw. If IRCC established that 3,400 candidates will be issued ITAs in a draw, and the minimum CRS score required is 407, the following may apply.










Still in the pool

Still in the pool

Prior to the June 6, 2017 changes, candidates in the Express Entry pool were ranked on the basis of CRS score alone. This meant that all the candidates who met the minimum CRS score requirement in any one draw received an ITA. IRCC stated that this made it hard for the department to manage invitation rounds.


Modifying and Updating Profiles

IRCC has confirmed that if any candidate changes or modifies their profile, it will not change the time stamp of the original submission. For example, a candidate entered the pool on January 12, 2016, at 07:43:13, with a CRS score of 338 points, and updated his profile on May 25, 2017, to include new language results. These results brought his score up to 407 points. His ranking in the pool would change, as he would now be ranked among the other candidates with 407 points. However, the original time stamp of January 12, 2016, at 07:43:13, would still apply, and he would be ranked higher than another candidate with 407 points who submitted his or her profile after that time.


However, this condition does not apply if the candidate for some reason deletes his or her profile and later chooses to re-enter the pool. If the individual deletes his or her profile, his or her ranking among any other candidates with the same CRS score would be based on the time of the new profile submission. The same conditions apply if a candidate’s profile expires and he or she re-submits a new profile. The profiles under Express Entry expire after one year, if the candidate has not received an ITA in that year.

IRCC has also clarified that candidates are not required to take any action in response to this change. Profiles will be automatically updated based on the information provided, a process that may take up to two weeks.

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