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Alberta province has accepted 709 Express Entry candidates for a provincial nomination in 2021 till now. The last draw of Alberta province was held on March 2, and a total of 200 Express Entry candidates were selected from the Alberta Express Entry stream. With a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 301. All those applicants who had a profile in the Express Entry system and had intended to stay in Alberta were selected for the Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.
The Express Entry Program is an immigration pathway to help skilled applicants relocate to Canada with ease. The three streams of the selection of applicants are - Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. The skilled applicants are selected on the basis of meeting the point score requirement, which is based on the quantifying of credentials. The factors that help in the score calculation are age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and others. Those applicants who meet the minimum required point score are selected for immigration and provided the ITA, which needs to be responded to in 60 days with documents. The most recent Express Entry draw was conducted on March 8, and the draw was selected on applicants selected for the Provincial nomination.
The applicants who received the Provincial Nomination will receive the additional 600 CRS point score in the subsequent Express Entry draws.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
The Alberta Express Entry Stream is the enhanced PNP stream for Express Entry candidates, and they select applicants who have strong ties to Alberta. The applicants who can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities get shortlisted for immigration. During the Coronavirus pandemic, Alberta Province only considered those candidates who were already living and working in Alberta. The selected candidates were those who also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP has a list of occupations that are ineligible for application as per the stream requirements.
On November 1, 2020, the Canadian federal government increased the number of ineligible occupations for a Labour Market Impact Assessment in Alberta. In this latest change, the applicants who had received the invitation after November 1, 2020, were still considered for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The situation of their occupation was the one where the federal government will didn’t require any LMIA.
In 2020, the Alberta province allowed 6,250 nomination certificates. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic situation, the province reduced its allocation number to 4,000 nominations. All the nominations in Alberta were issued in Alberta, and there were no draws and nominations held at the end of the year. There is no news of the released number of provincial nomination allocations through AINP in 2021. But it is expected that Alberta province will aim to meet the labor deficit in 2021; thus, it is expected to be a year of high invitations in the region.
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