The Comprehend Ranking System (CRS) score is of immutable importance when applying for the Canadian Federal Express Entry, regardless of the program.
In order to be given an Invitation To Apply (ITA), your CRS score must meet the threshold eligibility requirement for that particular pool. The total points are 1,200.
The general rule of thumb is that a score of 470 is a good score, however this varies depending on the score distribution of the applicants of a given pool.
Thus, your safest bet as an applicant is to leverage on all options to boost your score.
Candidates for Express Entry who are applying with their spouses have the potential of improving their CRS score.
They could earn up to 40, points for spousal factors; 20 from language ability, 10 for education, and 10 for Canadian work experience if the spouse posseses it.
It is important to note that, several of the Canada Provincial Nominee Programs award the spouse of an applicant for his or her education, work or study experience and/or language ability.
An important tip is ensuring that the spouse with a higher CRS score is the principal partner. In order to maximise points, both partners could create separate Express Entry profiles and name their other partner as the accomoanying spouse for the respective profiles.
In the event that both are issued Invitation To Apply (ITA), only one final application for Permanent Residency can be submitted.