Alberta has released the details for two of its biggest draws of the year.
On August 23, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held its largest draw to date, with 450 invitations to Express Entry candidates. Invited candidates needed Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of at least 300.
Then on August 30, Alberta held its biggest draw since 2019 with 400 invitations to Express Entry candidates who had scores of at least 301.
Alberta has now invited 4,007 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination since it resumed invitation rounds in January 2021. It had taken a temporary hiatus in the latter months of 2020. Alberta is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.
How does the Alberta Express Entry Stream work?
The Alberta Express Entry stream is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It allows the provincial government to search the federal government’s Express Entry pool of candidates for profiles of people who may be eligible for a provincial nomination.
If you are eligible for Express Entry, you will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You get points depending on your age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and other factors.
It is possible to immigrate through the Express Entry system without a provincial nomination, however, people who have lower CRS scores may opt for a PNP. Provincial nominees automatically get 600 points added to their overall score. If the lowest-scoring candidates in the new Alberta draw receive the nomination, their new CRS scores will be 901, more than enough to be invited in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Alberta Express Entry Stream Eligibility
In order to be eligible for the provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream, you need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations, rather it offers a list of occupations that are not eligible for the stream.
Many who apply under this stream work as food service supervisors, transport truck drivers, and cooks among others.
Your Express Entry profile should indicate that you have an interest in moving to Alberta. Certain factors increase your likelihood of being nominated, like having work experience, or a job offer in Alberta. A Canadian education helps too. Also, having a parent, child, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen in Alberta supports your application.
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