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Alberta Has Issued Invitations To 320 Express Entry Candidates So Far In April

Two Alberta immigration draws was held so far in April, inviting a total of 320 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Alberta Immigration department has recently released the details of the provincial nominee program draws conducted from April 1, and April 14.

The first Alberta Express Entry Stream draw this month issued invitations to 120 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates do not require to have a job offer in order to be invited, but, they must have valid profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

The 320 Express Entry candidates are also required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 381. These points are calculated based on factors such as age, work experience, educational qualifications, and language proficiency.

The CRS requirement reduced to 353 for the April 14 draw, where 200 Express Entry candidates were granted invitations to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta province.

If these candidates receive the provincial nominations they will obtain an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall score, which will effectively assure that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration in upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for three main federal immigration programmes: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Since Canada’s special measures on coronavirus came into effect on March 18, Express Entry draws have normally been inviting Canadian Experience Class candidates and applicants who received a provincial nomination, such as those invited via the Alberta Express Entry program.

Eligibility Requirement for Alberta Express Entry Stream

Express Entry candidates are required to have work experience in an occupation that’s relevant or support Alberta’s “economic growth and diversification priorities” in order to qualify for an invitation to apply via the Albert Express Entry Stream.

The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations. Interested can candidates may have to check that up on their webpage.

While it is not compulsory to have a job offer to be eligible for this program, the AINP says it may give priority to those who meet the following three requirements:

  • a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta province;
  • a degree from a Canadian tertiary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • a parent, child or siblings already residing in the province.

So far this year, the Alberta immigration department has rolled out 1,207 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In 2019, a total of 6,884 invitations were sent out through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Alberta’s provincial nomination allocation for 2020 have not yet been released.