Alberta immigration department has released the details of its Feb. 16 draw. 159 Express Entry candidates are now very close to obtaining permanent residence in Alberta.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited 159 Express Entry candidates to file for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates only required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 352.
These immigration candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination. If their applications are assessed and successful, the nomination will shoot them to the top of the Express Entry pool.
All immigration candidates invited to Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw had a valid profile in the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is Canada’s major application management system for the three main Federal High Skilled immigration programs, which include the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Workers Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible candidates are given a score based on the CRS. Points are awarded based on certain factors as determined by the provincial government that will help a prospective immigrant succeed in Canada’s labor market. These factors include a candidate’s work experience, education, age, language ability in English or French, and others.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regularly carry out Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Those who obtain the provincial nomination from Alberta will automatically get an extra 600 CRS points added to their overall score. That means the lowest-scoring Express Entry candidates in this draw would get a new score of 952.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
This enhanced PNP is for Express Entry candidates who have strong ties to Alberta, or who can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta province is only considering candidates who are already residing and working in the province.
Immigration candidates also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP department only provides a list of occupations that they won’t consider.
Last fall, the Canadian government increased the number of occupations that are not qualified to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Alberta.
However, candidates who received an invitation after Nov. 1, 2020, can be nominated through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they are active in occupations that the federal government will not process an LMIA for.
Alberta province was allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta reduced their allocation to 4,000 nominations.
All of these nominations were rolled out by June 2020. This is why the Alberta immigration department did not hold any draws for the second half of the year. The number of provincial nominations allotted to Alberta for 2021 has not yet been released.