Here’s an update from the Canadian province of Alberta about the Alberta PNP draw that was held on October 12, 2021. AINP invited 293 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The chosen candidates had a minimum score of 300 points. If these candidates accept Alberta’s invitation, they will receive a provincial nomination along with 600 extra CRS scores. This will increase their chance to receive an invitation to apply for Canada PR in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
So far, in 2021, Alberta PNP draws have led to inviting 5,910 immigration candidates. The cap on the issue of invitations for nomination for Alberta in 2021 is 6,250.
About the Alberta Express Entry Stream
The Express Entry Stream of Alberta PNP is connected to the federal Express Entry system and hence is an enhanced PNP. Alberta PNP has access to the Express Entry candidate pool where the profiles of eligible candidates, who may be fit for a provincial nomination are kept.
Express Entry is a points-based application management system used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool that’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.
When provincial governments choose and nominate Express Entry candidates through PNP draws, they automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score that will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.
The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.
Eligibility for Alberta Express Entry Stream
- The candidate must have experience in an occupation that’s deemed eligible.
- Having had education, work experience, or a job offer in Alberta can increase the candidate’s chances to get nominated by Alberta PNP.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
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