On September 7, Alberta invited 500 Express Entry candidates to file for a provincial nomination.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held its largest draw to date in September, following two large draws in August.
The previous high was 473 in March of this year.
Candidates that were invited had to be in the Express Entry system and have a minimum score of 300 to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
Since the invitation rounds commenced in January 2021, Alberta has invited 4,507 Express Entry candidates to file 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.
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What is the Alberta Express Entry Stream and how does it work?
The Alberta Express Entry program is a more advanced version of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
It enables the provincial government to scan the federal government’s Express Entry pool of candidates for candidates who might be qualified for a provincial nomination.
If you are eligible for Express Entry, you will earn a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) (CRS).
You earn points based on your age, education, work experience, English or French language skills, and other factors.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada’s immigration service, organizes Express Entry drawings on a regular basis, inviting the top-scoring individuals to apply for permanent residency.
It is possible to immigrate without a provincial nomination through the Express Entry system; however, persons with lower CRS scores may choose to apply for a PNP.
Provincial nominees receive an automatic 600-point boost to their overall score and increasing their chances.
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 to the next Express Entry draw.
Alberta Express Entry 2021 Notification of Interest Draws
Below you will find previous Alberta’s PNP Draws and Updates of 2021:
|Draw Date||NOI Letters Sent||CRS Score of Lowest-Ranked Candidate|
Eligibility required for Alberta Express Entry Stream
You must have work experience in a relevant occupation to be eligible for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream.
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.
Candidates who apply under this stream work as:
- Food service supervisors,
- Transport truck drivers,
- Chefs, etc.
Your Express Entry profile should show your desire to relocate to Alberta.
Certain characteristics, such as work experience or a job offer in Alberta, boost your chances of getting nominated.
Note: A Canadian education is also beneficial. Having a parent, child, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen of Alberta is also a plus.
How long does the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program takes to process?
To a large extent, the application’s processing will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications.
It also depends on the visa class and the CIC’s assessment of the application.
However, if everything goes according to plan, a skilled worker and International Graduate class can move to Alberta in 6 to 12 months, and a semi-skilled worker in 9 to 15 months.
But, if the proceedings run smoothly, this will be the case.