Alberta Invites 200 Express Entry Candidates, CRS Drops To 301

200 Express Entry candidates are one step closer to permanent residency status after Alberta province held a new draw on March 2.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited a total of 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Applicants only needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301. Those who were invited to the program can now apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.

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 application management system for the three main Federal High Skilled immigration pathways, which include the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Workers Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates receive a score based on the CRS. Candidates obtain points for factors that the government has determined will help a prospective immigrant succeed in Canada’s labor market. These factors include a candidate’s work experience, age, education, language ability in French or English, and others.

Canada’s immigration department, IRCC, regularly holds Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. In the most recent invitation round, on March 8, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada only invited candidates who had previously received a provincial nomination.

Those who receive the provincial nomination from Alberta province will automatically get an extra 600 CRS points added to their overall score. That means the invited immigration candidates who have scores equal to the minimum requirement in this draw should have a new CRS score of 901.

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.