Alberta Invites 354 Express Entry Candidates To Apply For Provincial Nomination

Alberta province invited approximately 354 Express Entry candidates to file in for a provincial nomination in the two draws held July 31 and August 7.

On July 31, the provincial government issued 319 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to nominate Express Entry candidates with CRS score points of 400 and above.

The initial draw in August was very small, with Thirty-Five (35) NOI’s issued to Candidates with CRS scores as little as 352 on August 7.

The NOI’s were sent out through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, which enables the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to explore the federal Express Entry system for applicants who are eligible for the stream’s qualifying criteria and invite them to file in for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Since the initial Alberta Express Entry Stream nomination, which took place just about a year ago, the AINP has conducted Twenty-Seven (27) draws. A grand total of 5,382 Notifications of Interests have been issued to foreign nationals wishing to settle in Alberta— home of cities such as Edmonton and Calgary and attractions like Dinosaur Provincial Park and Banff National Park.

In order to be selected for a nomination through this category, as well as many other Express Entry-linked Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), the first step is to generate an Express Entry profile.

No job offer or prior work experience in Alberta province is needed to be qualified for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. But, candidates should be working in an occupation that contributes to the province’s economic development and diversification priorities of Alberta.

Candidates must also have a minimum Express Entry CRS score of 300 in Canada’s Express Entry stream.

The AINP says it would give priority to applicants with:

  • a job offer and/or previous work experience in Alberta;
  • a degree from a Canadian designated higher institution and a valid job offer; or
  • a parent, sibling or child already living in Alberta.

The least score of 425, on July 10, 2019, was the highest thus far in the AINP draws. But, it was far below the most recent cut-off point for a federal EE draw, which was 466.

The least cut-off points in the 14 all-program federal Express Entry draw thus far in 2019 was 438.

Alberta has nominated Express Entry applicants with CRS scores as low as 300 via the Alberta Express Entry Stream on four different occasions in 2019. Three draws had at least CRS score of 301 and one other had a cut-off score of 302.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 CRS points and are in effect guaranteed an ITA’s for Canadian permanent residence from the Federal government.

What is the federal Express Entry system?

The Canadian Express Entry system oversees applications for three of Canada’s major economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Applicants who are qualified for these programs are included in the Express Entry pool and are assigned a CRS score based on their age, work experience, education, and proficiency in French or English.

Each draws choose a number of the highest-scoring applicants and invites them to apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Government of Canada. Normally, the draws take place fortnightly.

To stand a chance to qualify for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, the initial introductory step is to submit a profile to the Express Entry pool.