The latest round of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) draw was announced on February 10, in which 200 Express Entry candidates were selected through the express entry linked stream and the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was set at the minimum of 301 points. The applicants are required to have a profile in the Express sentry System to be considered for immigration under this program. The Express entry program helps skilled workers immigration through any of three streams: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The selection is based on the idea that applicants meet the eligibility of the stream through which they have decided to immigrate.
The important aspect of the draw-
• ITA Sent- 200
• CRS Points - 301
The eligibility is based on score selection, and they are given points as per the labor market need; the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is based on the candidate’s age, education qualification, work experience, language ability in any of the two languages English or French, and others. The highest Scoring applicants receive the ITA for permanent residency. Those applicants who received the Nomination are eligible for 600 bonus points in the Federal Express Entry system score calculation.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
with Express Entry-aligned PNPs, the applicants can get selected for the Provincial Nomination in Alberta. In the pandemic times, Alberta selected only those candidates who were already living and working in the province. The applicants with the work experience, skills, and qualifications can help in the economic development.
The AINP provides a long list of occupations that they will not consider I their draws, and all the occupations that are not listed will be considered. On November 1, 2020, there was an increase in the number of occupations on the list by the federal government. These occupations were not eligible for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Alberta. However, candidates who has received a Notification of Interest on or after November 1, 2020, will be considered for the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if their occupation was one in which the federal government will not undertake an LMIA in the future.
Alberta had the target of issuing 6,250 nomination certificates in 2020. But because of the COVID-19, Alberta reduced the target allocations to 4,000 nominations. All of these nominations were issued by Alberta province in June 2020, and in the second half of the year, there was no draw conducted. Now, there has been no disclosure on the target Provincial Nomination in the year 2021.
Another popular Stream of Alberta province is the Alberta opportunity Stream through which those applicants who have a valid job offer from an employer in Alberta can apply on October 26, 2020. the Alberta Government announced the launch of two new immigration pathways to encourage international graduates to open a business in Alberta. It will help in economic growth; it will also help diversify the economy.