The details of the latest draw were released by the AINP on June 8, 2021. The candidates who were invited could have eligibility for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
If a candidate has to be invited, he/she must have an Express Entry profile as well as a minimum score of 300 points. In the PNP draw held on May 18, 2021, candidates had a higher minimum score requirement. The score required then was 301.
Alberta has now issued invites to 2,100 Express Entry candidates to submit an application for a provincial nomination. Canada immigration had resumed invitation rounds in January 2021 following a period of temporary COVID-related inactiveness.
Alberta can issue 6,250 nomination certificates this year. Not all who get an ITA will get a provincial nomination. Also, not all who get a nomination will be handed a Canada PR visa.
Theoretically, if Alberta issues around 692 nominations per month for the remaining part of the year, the government will achieve the target. The province has no obligation to conduct the issuance of its permitted lot of nominations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta halted its PNP draws for the balance of 2020. Also, differently from before, it’s now only sending invitations to candidates already living in the province.
Working of the Alberta Express Entry Stream
The Alberta Express Entry stream is an enhanced PNP. It permits the provincial government to explore the federal government’s Express Entry candidate pool for their profiles. They may be found to have eligibility for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
For a candidate, the first step to follow is the creation of an Express Entry profile.
Express Entry is the federal government’s management system for applications for the 3 Federal High Skilled programs: FSTP, CEC, and FSWP.
If a candidate is eligible for Express Entry, he/she will be assigned a score on the basis of CRS. The candidate gets points depending on factors like his/her education, age, language proficiency in English/French, and work experience.
The IRCC holds Express Entry draws regularly. They conduct these events to invite the candidates who score the highest to submit applications for Canada PR.
It’s possible for a candidate to immigrate to Canada via the Express Entry system without a nomination from a Canadian province. However, those with lower CRS scores could go for finding their chances with a PNP.
Candidates who get the provincial nomination get 600 extra CRS points on their overall score. If candidates who scored the lowest in the new Alberta draw got the nomination, 900 will be their new CRS score. This will be more than sufficient to get an invitation from an upcoming Express Entry draw.
How to be eligible for a nomination from Alberta
To get eligibility for the provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates must have the experience of working in an occupation deemed eligible. A list of eligible occupations is yet to come from AINP. It rather offers a list of jobs that aren’t eligible for the stream.
Many people applying under this stream are employed in occupations like transport truck driver, food service supervisors, and cooks.
A candidate should indicate in his/her Express Entry profile that he/she is interested to work in Canada and move to Alberta. Among the factors that increase a candidate’s chances of getting nominated include having work experience or having a job offer from an employer in Alberta. Also helpful is a Canadian education.
Another factor that helps to get the application get more weightage is the candidate having a Canada PR visa holder or a Canadian citizen in Alberta as a parent, child, or sibling.
With PNP draws of this kind, efforts are made to find foreign candidates who can support Alberta’s economic development and priorities in diversification.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program