Decreasing Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores have been making Canada immigration attractive at federal and provincial levels. While this is a good time for skilled aspirants to chart their route to Canada, it’s also helping Canada immensely. The need for skilled workers in different provinces of Canada is keeping the process going even during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Canadian province of Alberta has been a major player in the provincial immigration scene. In April 2020, the province had conducted 2 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws in which the minimum CRS score required was in the 300s range. This has been a major motivating point for those who desire to work in Canada and settle there.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) conducted PNP draws recently on April 1 and April 14. In the April 1 draw, 120 candidates were invited for a provincial nomination. The required CRS score was 381. In the April 14 draw, 200 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta. In that draw, the CRS score required came down to 353 points.
The candidates of the April 1 draw were required to have their profile in the federal Express Entry pool. They didn’t need a job offer to be eligible to get invited.
A provincial nomination will fetch the candidate an additional 600 CRS points to the current score. They will hence get a guaranteed Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence in Canada. This will be applied in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.
With Express Entry, Canada manages applications for 3 federal immigration programs namely:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Canadian Experience Class
After COVID-19 prevention measures were implemented in Canada on March 18, the Express Entry draws have been inviting specific categories of candidates. These candidates belonged to the Canadian Experience Class and those who got a provincial nomination as through the Alberta PNP system.
Candidates in Alberta Express Entry Stream must have work experience in certain job categories. These occupations align with Alberta’s priorities of diversification and economic development. Priority is given to candidates who have:
- a degree earned from a post-secondary institution in Canada along with a valid job offer,
- a job offered and/or work experience in Alberta, or
- a parent, sibling, or child already residing in Alberta
Until now in 2020, the province has given out 1,207 invitations, which all went to Express Entry candidates. Things are getting real better these days in this scene as is indicated by the lower CRS score seen with every new draw.
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