The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has selected a total of 200 Express Entry candidates through the Alberta Express Entry stream with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement set at 302. This is one point more than the previous two draws requirements. With this latest draw, The Alberta province has issued 1,209 invitations to Express Entry candidates in 2021 so far.
Alberta’s new provincial draw requires the applicants to have a Profile in the Express Entry system.
The Express Entry program is the federal system of selection in which the skilled workers get a chance to relocate in six months or even less in few cases. There are three streams under this program - Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
All those applicants who meet the point score are shortlisted for immigration; the factors that help in the point calculation are the candidate’s age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and others. It is the High scoring applicants who are selected for Permanent residency. The Applicants who receive the nomination through the Express entry system are eligible for 600 points added to their overall score; this also guarantees a selection in the subsequent draws. Thus the lowest scoring applicants in the new Alberta PNP draw will also have a score of 902.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
Alberta express entry stream is an enhanced PNP stream for Express Entry candidates. This stream is for those applicants to relocate who have strong ties to Alberta, or they can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities. In the pandemic times, Alberta has been very stringent as it has only considered candidates who were only living and working in the province.
For the nomination selection, the appellants should have work experience in an eligible occupation. For this, the province has a list of occupation that is ineligible as per stream requirements. On November 1, 2020, there was a list of occupations that were not eligible for the Labour Market Impact Assessment in Alberta. However, applicants who had received an invitation on or after November 1, 2020, were considered and selected through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they were working in an occupation that was not processing for an LMIA.
Alberta province had the target set of 6,250 nomination certificates in 2020. But, the province imposed stringed rules and laws during the pandemic time, and the allocations for the Alberta region got reduced to 4,000 nominations. All of the nominations of Alberta were issued by June 2020, and there were no nominations were given at the end of the year, and no draw was conducted in the second half of 2020. The target immigrations for Alberta have not been set for the year 2021 yet, but going by the draws that have been conducted, it appears that Alberta wishes to invite a large number of applicants this year and also meet the shortfall from the year 2020 as well.