On June 22, 2021, an Alberta PNP draw invited 184 Express Entry candidates. They were issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.
The AINP sent invitations to candidates who possibly had the eligibility to qualify for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
The candidates required to have a profile in the Express Entry system. They also had to have a minimum score of 300.
So far in 2021, Alberta has issued invitations to 2,284 Express Entry candidates. The invitation rounds were resumed in January 2021 after being out of action due to COVID-19.
Lately, an Alberta PNP draw has been typically focused on inviting only candidates already present in the province. But now, the province is even considering candidates who have received a job offer in the province or are already in an occupation that will contribute to the province’s diversification and development.
In 2021, Alberta’s cap for issuing ITAs is 6,250 nomination certificates. However, the province is in no need to send its share of provincial nominations for a particular year.
Working of the Alberta Express Entry Stream
Alberta Express Entry System is an enhanced PNP. An enhanced PNP is where a provincial government is allowed to search the Express Entry candidate pool maintained by the federal government to find profiles of individuals with eligibility for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
Firstly, the candidate creates a profile in the Express Entry system. Via that system, the candidate’s application is managed for the 3 High-Skilled programs of the federal government namely FSTP, CEC, and FSWP.
An eligible candidate gets a CRS score based on an evaluation that considers factors like education, age, work experience, and skills in the English/French language. Candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited via immigration draws conducted by IRCC so that they can apply for Canada PR.
One can immigrate to Canada via the Express Entry system without a nomination from a Canadian province. But, for people with lower CRS scores, PNP serves as a pathway to take Candidates who are provincially nominated are granted 600 extra CRS points. That increases their chances of coming in the frontline to get selected in the next federal immigration draw.
Nomination from Alberta: Eligibility criteria
- The candidate must have work experience in an occupation deemed eligible.
- Many who apply under the Alberta Express Entry stream work as transport truck drivers, cooks, and food service supervisors among others.
- The candidate must have an interest in settling in the province of Alberta.
- Chances of getting selected increase if the candidate has experience working in Alberta or a job offer in the province. So is an education in Canada.
- If the candidate has a parent, sibling, or child in Canada permanent resident or a Canadian citizen in Alberta, he/she has a better chance.
With Alberta PNP draw, the province is cutting a pathway for skilled international candidates to arrive and contribute to the economic development of the province and its priorities for 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
AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program