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Alberta’s Second PNP Draw Invites Candidates With CRS Scores As Low As 360

Alberta’s second PNP draw of January doubles the invitations and lowers the CRS requirement.

More Express Entry candidates in Alberta province are one step closer to permanent residence, following a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw held on January 28.

In Alberta’s Second PNP Draw, 100 invitations were issued to immigration candidates, who had a minimum score of 360 on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). These invited immigration candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

The first step to be qualified for a provincial nomination via this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is to apply to the Express Entry system.

Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for the three main Federal High Skilled immigration streams, which include the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Eligible candidates are granted a score based on the CRS. Points were awarded for factors that the government has determined will help a potential immigrant succeed in Canada’s labor market. These factors include a candidate’s age, work experience, education, language ability in French or English, and others.

Fortnightly, Canada’s immigration ministry, IRCC, holds Express Entry draws inviting candidates to apply for Canadian immigration.

The highest-scoring applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence of Canada. If they are approved, they obtain a Confirmation of Permanent Residence and their next step is to make their landing or arrival in Canada. After that, they are officially permanent residents of Canada.

If the candidates who received an invitation from Alberta province receive the provincial nomination, they will automatically get 600 CRS points added to their score.

Given that most Express Entry draws have minimum CRS cutoffs in the region of 400s, the extra points practically assures that provincial nominees will receive an ITA in future Express Entry round of invitation.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Express Entry candidates have the opportunity to get an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta province, as well as other provinces with Express Entry-linked PNPs. They are required to have to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program provides a list of occupations that they will not consider. Any other occupation may be considered.

On November 1st, 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, candidates who get a Notification of Interest on or after November 1, 2020, can be nominated through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they are working in an occupation that the Canadian government will not process for an LMIA.

Last year, Alberta was allowed to roll out 6,250 nomination certificates. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta brought down their allocation to 4,000 nominations. All of these nominations were released by June 2020.

This is why in the second half of 2020 Alberta did not hold draws. The number of provincial nominations allocated to the province for 2021 has not yet been disclosed.

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