Alberta immigration department held a new draw on June 5, inviting 191 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) published details of its latest draw on June 8.
Invited candidates may be qualified for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
In order to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination, the 191 candidates needed a profile in the Express Entry System with a score of at least 300.
The previous draw, conducted on May 18, had a marginally higher score requirement of 301.
Currently, the Alberta immigration ministry has now invited 2,100 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Since it resumed invitation rounds in Jan. 2021 after a temporary COVID-related break.
Alberta is allowed to send out 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.
Not everyone who obtains invited to apply will receive a nomination and not everyone who obtains a nomination will receive permanent residence of Canada.
In theory, if Alberta sends out around 692 nominations each month for the rest of the year the provincial government will reach that target.
The Alberta province is under no obligation to issue its share of nominations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the province stopped conducting draws for the later months of 2020.
Also, unlike before, it is only inviting immigration candidates to apply who are already in the province.
How Alberta Express Entry Streamworks
This enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) enables the government to search the federal government’s Express Entry pool of candidates for profiles of people who may be qualified for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
The first step is to create a valid profile in the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is the application management system for the three Federal High Skilled programs:
- Canadian Experience Class,
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- And Federal Skilled Trades Program.
If you are qualified for Express Entry, you will obtain a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
In addition, you get points depending on your work experience, age, education, language ability in English or French, among other factors.
Canada’s immigration department, regularly holds Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
It is possible to immigrate through the Express Entry system without a provincial nomination.
However, candidates who have lower CRS scores may go for a PNP.
Provincial nominees automatically get additional 600 points added to their overall score.
If the least-scoring candidates in the new Alberta draw get the nomination, their new CRS scores will be 900, good enough to be invited in a future Express Entry draw.
Eligibility for an Alberta nomination
In order to be qualified for the provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation.
The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations, rather it provides a list of occupations that are not qualified for the stream.
Candidates who apply under this stream work as transport truck driver, food service supervisors, and cooks among others.
Your Express Entry profile should show that you have an interest in moving to Alberta province.
Also, certain factors increase your chances of being nominated, like having a job offer, or work experience, in Alberta. A Canadian education also helps.
It also helps your application if you have a child, parent, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen in Alberta province.
Finally, the aim of this particular PNP program is to support the province’s economic development and diversification aspirations.