Alberta Holds Biggest PNP Draw Of 2021

On August 10, Alberta asked 396 Express Entry applicants to submit for provincial nomination, 
making it the largest draw of the year.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) welcomed applicants who have Comprehensive 
Ranking System (CRS) scores of at least 300, the minimum necessary for nomination.

More applicants were invited in this draw than in the previous Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, although the CRS requirement stayed the same.

Since the invitation rounds started in January 2021, Alberta has invited 3,157 Express Entry applicants to file for a provincial nomination. In the latter months of 2020, it went on a brief pause.

In 2021, Alberta will be able to award 6,250 nomination certificates.

How does the Alberta Express Entry Stream work?

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province to examine the federal government’s Express Entry candidate pool for profiles of persons who could be eligible for a provincial nomination.

The Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program all use Express Entry as their application management system.

You will be given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System if you are eligible for Express Entry (CRS).

You get points based on your age, education, job experience, English or French language proficiency, and other criteria.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada’s immigration agency, carry out Express Entry drawings on a regular basis, inviting the top-scoring applicants to apply for permanent residency.

It is possible to immigrate without a provincial nomination through the Express Entry system; however, those with lower CRS scores may choose to apply for a PNP.

Provincial nominees receive an automatic 600-point boost to their total score.

If the lowest-scoring applicants in the new Alberta lottery are nominated, their new CRS scores will be 900, which will be more than enough to be invited to the next Express Entry draw.

Alberta Express Entry 2021 Notification of Interest Draws

Below you will find previous Alberta’s PNP Draws and Updates of 2021:

Date of Draw Number of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sent CRS score of a lowest-ranked candidate who received an NOI letter
July 14, 2021 181 301
June 29, 2021 148 302
June 22, 2021 184 300
June 5, 2021 191 300
May 18, 2021 250 301
May 5, 2021 250 300
April 20, 2021 200 301
April 6, 2021 200 302
March 26, 2021 300 301
March 2, 2021 200 301
February 16, 2021 159 352
February 10, 2021 200 301
January 28, 2021 100 406
January 8, 2021 50 406


You must have work experience in a qualified occupation to be eligible for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream.

The AINP does not give a list of jobs that are eligible for the stream; instead, it provides a list of occupations that are not.

Foodservice managers, transport truck drivers, and cooks are among the jobs available to those who apply under this stream.

Your Express Entry profile should reflect your desire to relocate to Alberta.

Certain criteria, such as work experience or a job offer in Alberta, improve your chances of getting nominated.

It also helps if you have a parent, child, or sister who is a permanent resident or citizen of Alberta, or if you have a parent, child, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen of Alberta.