Alberta invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 10.
The Alberta Immigration department invited a total of 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited immigration candidates only required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.
In order to receive an invitation in this particular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is Canada’s application processing system for the three main Federal High Skilled immigration pathways, which include the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Eligible immigration candidates are given a score based on the CRS. Points are awarded based on factors that the government has determined will help prospective immigrants succeed in Canada’s labor market. These factors include a candidate’s age, work experience, education, language ability in French or English, and others.
About every two weeks, Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) holds Express Entry draws inviting Express Entry candidates to apply for immigration. The highest-scoring candidates get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.
If they are approved, they obtain a Confirmation of Permanent Residence and their final step is to make their arrival in Canada. After that they are officially permanent residents.
If the candidates who received an invitation from Alberta receive the provincial nomination, they will obtain an extra 600 CRS points added to their score.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
Candidates in the Express Entry system have the opportunity to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination from Alberta, as well as other provinces with Express Entry-linked PNPs. During the pandemic, the Alberta immigration department is only considering candidates who are already residing and working in the province.
Express Entry candidates also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation that keeps up with the province’s economic development and diversification priorities.
The AINP gave out a list of occupations that they will not consider. Any other occupation will be considered.
On Nov. 1, 2020, the federal government of Canada increased the number of occupations that are not eligible to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Alberta.
However, applicants who received a Notification of Interest on or after Nov. 1st, 2020, can be selected via the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they are working in an occupation that the federal government will not accept for LMIA processing.
Alberta was allowed to roll out 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 sent out by June 2020. This is why there were no draws for the second half of 2020.
The number of provincial nominations asigned to Alberta province for 2021 has not yet been disclosed.