Two provincial nomination draws have created an open door for Express Entry applicants seeking to immigrate to the territory of Alberta — home to Banff National Park, and Calgary, Edmonton. On July 17, Alberta issued a total of 251 Notifications of Interest (NOI) to Express Entry applicants with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores starting at 400.
A week later, on July 24, there were 220 Notifications of Interests issued out to 220 applicants with CRS scores as low as 303.
The Notifications of Interests were issued as part of the Alberta Express Entry system through which the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can find through the federal Express Entry framework for candidates who meet the stream’s qualification requirements and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residency.
Since the initial introductory Alberta Express Entry-Stream Selection draw, which occurred over a year ago, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has carried out 26 draws — issuing a sum of 5,063 NOIs.
In order to stand a chance through this stream, just as numerous different Express Entry-adjusted Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), the first step is to open an Express Entry profile.
No job offer or past work experience in Alberta is required to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. But, candidates should be working in an occupation that supports the region’s economic advancement and diversification priorities. Alberta does not give a rundown of eligible occupations.
Applicants should likewise have an Express Entry CRS score of a minimum of 300 in Canada’s Express Entry stream.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) says it may give priority to candidates with:
- employment offer as well as work experience in Alberta;
- a degree from a Canadian higher institution and a valid job offer; or
- a parent, child or sibling already residing in Alberta.
Some factors decrease an applicant’s likelihood of getting an invitation from Alberta, such as:
- the Express Entry deadline date is within three months of the draw
- some occupations such as those recorded in the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list
Alberta’s Express Entry Stream draws applicants with CRS scores that are much lesser than those drawn through Federal Express Entry draws.
On July 10, 2019, the minimum score of 425, was the highest so far in the AINP draws. But, it was well below the most recent cut-off points for a federal Express Entry draw, which was 459.
The least cut-off points in the Thirteen (13) all-program federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019 was 438.
Alberta has nominated Express Entry applicants with CRS scores as low as 300 through the Alberta Express Entry program on four occasions in 2019. Three draws had at least CRS score of 301 and one other had a cut-off CRS score of 302.
Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination got an extra 600 CRS points and are effectively assured of an invitation to apply for permanent residence from the Canadian Government
What is the federal Express Entry system?
The Canadian Express Entry system overseas 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.