Alberta PNP Draw Invites immigration candidates With CRS Scores As Low As 303. More candidates in Alberta are one step closer to Canadian permanent residency, following a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on June 17.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) sent out 187 invitations to candidates who may be qualified via the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
Invited candidates in the Express Entry pool required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirements of at least 303.
Express Entry is the system that manages applications for three main federal immigration streams: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates are then ranked according to the CRS score, which awards points for human capital factors such as age, work experience, educational qualification, and language proficiency in English or French.
The highest-scoring applicants are then issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian immigration through regular Express Entry draws.
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Alberta Express Entry Stream
Immigration candidates have the opportunity to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta, and other provinces as well with Express Entry-linked PNPs.
A provincial nomination awards candidates an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall score, which boosts them to the top of the pool to be selected in upcoming Express Entry draws.
Coronavirus pandemic has affected operations at the AINP. For the time being, only individuals within Alberta are being invited for a nomination.
Candidates need to possess work experience in an eligible occupation that agrees with the province’s economic development and diversification plans.
Alberta immigration does not provide a list of eligible occupations, they rather provide a list of occupations that they will not consider. Ineligible occupations include those in the government’s low-wage and high-wage occupations in Alberta province, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.
With special coronavirus measures in place, Alberta immigration now needs candidates to meet the following criteria in order to obtain a nomination:
- be currently working in Alberta province, even if they are working from home;
- possess a work permit authorizing them to work in their current job;
- have a job that is full-time, paid, meets the provincial minimum wages, surpasses Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements, and they should work in an eligible occupation.
Candidates who were working full-time before the COVID-19 and those who are working in a regulated occupation who cannot meet licensure requirements will have their applications on hold for sixty (60) calendar days.
If candidates have no prior employment history in Alberta, their applications will not be processed until further notice
How to become eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream?
The province of Alberta regularly checks the Federal Express Entry pool to know candidates whose profiles meet the eligibility criteria for the Alberta Express Entry system. Therefore, the first step in becoming eligible is to have an active profile in the Express Entry pool. You must provide the necessary information in the profile which will be examined by the province to determine whether the applicant has met the eligibility criteria. Candidates may receive an NOI from Alberta if they:
- Have an active Express Entry profile
- Have stated interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
- Are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
- Have a minimum CRS score of 300
Candidates may increase their chances of been included if they have one or more of the following factors:
- Holding an Alberta job offer or work experience
- Being a graduate of a Canadian post-secondary school
- Having a relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child, brother, or sister
What is the best time to receive an Invitation
According to the express entry system, the province of Alberta can nominate more than 6,000 candidates since 2019.
With the current CRS cut-off for Alberta sitting at just 303, now is the best time to take advantage of immigration to the province. So, you have a higher chance now since the CRS score is now as low as 303.
Alberta PNP draw 2021
The province of Alberta on January 8, 2021, had held its first draw of the 2021 Provincial Nominee Program under the Express Entry System. A total of 50 Canada Immigration candidates have received invitations – referred to as Notification of Interest [NOI] letters – from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program [AINP] through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
The AINP’s Express Entry Stream depends on the federal Express Entry system therefore the ranking score or the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score of the candidate is one of the requirements that determine which candidates to receive NOIs. The minimum CRS requirement in the January 8 AINP draw was that of CRS 406.
|S.No.||Date Of Draw||Number Of Invitation||CRS Score Of Lowest Ranked Candidate Who Received A NOI Letter|
|9||May 05, 2021||250||300|
|8||April 20, 2021||200||301|
|7||April 6, 2021||200||302|
|6||March 26, 2021||300||301|
|5||March 2, 2021||200||301|
|4||February 16, 2021||159||352|
|3||February 10, 2021||200||301|
|2||January 28, 2021||100||360|
|1||January 8, 2021||50||406|
Minimum score for AlNP
The minimum score for the Alberta Express Entry stream is normally from 300 to 400 CRS score.
So, in 2020, Alberta issued a total of 1,785 NOIs to applicants under the Alberta Express Entry stream.
The PNP allocation for Alberta in 2020 was 6,250 but because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta decided to offer invitations to only 4,000 nomination certificates in 2020.
The limit on the number of nominations that the AINP can issue in 2021 has not been made available as yet.
Alberta PNP Processing time
The processing time of Alberta PNP varies depending on a number of factors including labor market information, the volume of application received, and the date of receiving application. Once a candidate qualifies and is approved by the Alberta authorities, he/she must get a nomination certificate. The whole process may take 4-6 months and may vary from profile to profile.
Alberta PNP eligible Management occupations
In Alberta’s new immigration stream, skilled foreign workers have the opportunity to immigrate to Canada through the PNP system; Alberta accepts all occupations that fall under NOC code O, A, B, C, D. except High wages & low wages occupation.
candidate will have more chances of qualifying if you have experienced one of the following NOC codes which are high in demand in Alberta.
You have a golden opportunity to get NOI from Alberta PNP. You must also have a minimum of three years of experience in the given NOC codes and have a CRS score of 300 and above.
Alberta PNP Eligible Management occupations
|1||0213||Computer And Information Systems Managers|
|2||0432||Fire Chiefs And Senior Firefighting Officers|
|3||0821||Managers In Agriculture|
|Natural And Applied Sciences Related Occupations|
|4||2147||Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers And Designers)|
|5||2161||Mathematicians, Statisticians And Actuaries|
|6||2171||Information Systems Analysts And Consultants|
|7||2172||Database Analysts And Data Administrators|
|8||2173||Software Engineers And Designers|
|9||2174||Computer Programmer And Interactive Media Developers|
|10||2175||Web Designers And Developers|
|11||2271||Air Pilots, Flight Engineers And Flying Instructors|
|12||2281||Computer Network Technicians|
|13||2283||Information Systems Testing Technicians|
|15||3112||General Practitioners And Family Physicians|
|Occupations In Education, Law And Social, Community And Government Services|
|16||4011||University Professors And Lecturers|
|18||4411||Home Child Care Providers|
|19||4412||Home Support Workers, Housekeepers And Related Occupations|
|Occupations In Art, Culture, Recreation And Sport|
|20||5131||Producers, Directors, Choreographers And Related Occupations|
|21||5241||Graphic Designers And Illustrators|
|22||5227||Support Occupations In Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Photography And The Performing Arts|
|Trade, Transport And Equipment Operators And Related Occupations|
|23||7371||Crane Operators (Only All-Terrain Crane Operators)|
|Natural Resources, Agriculture And Related Production Occupations|
|24||8252||Agricultural Service Contractors, Farm Supervisors And Specialized Livestock Workers|
|25||8431||General Farm Workers|
|26||8432||Nursery And Greenhouse Workers|
|Occupations In Manufacturing And Utilities|
|28||9462||Industrial Butchers And Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers And Related Workers|
Q. What is the minimum CRS score for Alberta Express Entry?
Ans. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score for Alberta PNP is between 300 and 400. In 2019, Alberta invited candidates with a CRS score of 303.
So, with a CRS score of between 300 and 400, you may qualify for Alberta Provincial Nominee Program. You can still improve your CRS score to stand a chance to qualify for AINP.
Q. What happens if my CRS score is low?
Ans. What you see as a low CRS score may eventually allow you to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent resident status. And if you are offered a job in Canada while you are in the pool, your CRS score may also increase enough to get an ITA for permanent residence.
You can also improve your CRS score by upgrading your Express Entry profile. This will make you score more points and have chances of qualifying for AINP.