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Alberta PNP Draw: Minimum CRS Cut Off Drops To 300

Alberta has officially extended an invitation to 2,761 immigrants to apply for a provincial nomination in 2021.

The results of Alberta’s Express Entry immigration draw on July 27 have been released.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 148 Express Entry candidates who scored at least 300 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Through the Alberta Express Entry stream, these candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination.

There were fewer candidates invited in this draw than in the previous Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, however, the CRS minimum score was reduced to 300.

Since resuming invitation rounds in January 2021, Alberta immigration has invited 2,761 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

In the latter months of 2020, it went on a brief halt. In 2021, Alberta will be able to award 6,250 nomination certificates.

Alberta Express Entry 2021 Notification of Interest Draws

Below you will find previous Alberta’s PNP Draws and Updates of 2021:

Date of Draw Number of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sent CRS score of a lowest-ranked candidate who received an NOI letter
July 14, 2021 181 301
June 29, 2021 148 302
June 22, 2021 184 300
June 5, 2021 191 300
May 18, 2021 250 301
May 5, 2021 250 300
April 20, 2021 200 301
April 6, 2021 200 302
March 26, 2021 300 301
March 2, 2021 200 301
February 16, 2021 159 352
February 10, 2021 200 301
January 28, 2021 100 406
January 8, 2021 50 406

What is the Alberta Express Entry Stream and how does it work?

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province to explore the federal government’s Express Entry candidate pool for profiles of people who might be eligible for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry is the application management system for the three Federal High Skilled programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

If you are qualified for Express Entry, you will be given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

You earn points based on your age, education, work experience, English or French language skills, and other things.

The immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) organizes Express Entry drawings on a regular basis, inviting the top-scoring candidates to apply for permanent residency.

Although, it is possible to immigrate without a provincial nomination through the Express Entry system; however, candidates with lower CRS scores may choose to apply for a PNP.

Provincial nominees receive an automatic 600-point boost to their overall score.

If the lowest-scoring candidates in the new Alberta draw are nominated, their new CRS scores will be 901, which will be more than enough to be invited in an upcoming Express Entry draw.

Alberta Express Entry Stream Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream, you must have work experience in a relevant occupation.

The AINP does not provide a list of occupations that are eligible for the stream; instead, it provides a list of occupations that are not.

Many who apply under this stream work as transport truck drivers, food service supervisors, and cooks among others.

Your Express Entry profile should indicate your desire to relocate to Alberta.

Certain factors, such as work experience or a job offer in Alberta, boost your chances of getting nominated.

Canadian education is also advantageous.

If you have a parent, child, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen of Alberta, it will aid your application.

The purpose of this PNP is to support the province’s economic diversification and development goals.