The recent Alberta province draw on April 20 selected 200 more Express Entry candidates with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 301. It is one point less than the score requirement in the previous draw.
The Important Aspects of the draw
· ITA – 200
· EOI - 301
With the latest draw, the Alberta province has selected 1,409 immigration candidates for provincial Nomination. The applicants who are nominated through the Alberta Express Entry stream are eligible for additional 600 CRS points in the overall Express Entry system score calculation. After this, the applicant will be selected through the Canadian permanent residence.
The province manages the applications through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). It helps provide the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) for Alberta-bound immigrants.
The Alberta Express Entry stream is an enhanced PNP stream of the province; It means that the applicants are picked from the express entry pool by selection. For this, the first step is to create a profile in the Express Entry system.
What is Express Entry?
Express Entry Program is a selection pathway that helps selects applicants in three streams: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.
It is the applicants who meet the points core requirement they are shortlisted as per their points. The selection factors are age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and others. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conduct draws on a regular basis, and the high-scoring applicants can apply for permanent residence. The applicants selected are eligible for 600 points added to their overall score. Thus, the selected applicants in this draw will have a score of 901 in the subsequent express entry draw.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
It is the stream that is enhanced PNP and for those who have strong ties to Alberta. The stream aims to select applicants who can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities. In the pandemic times, Alberta province is considering only those people who are living and working in Alberta. To be selected, it is important that the appellants also have work experience in an eligible province in Alberta. There is a list of ineligible occupations in Alberta.
In 2020, there were 6,250 nomination certificates issued by the Alberta province. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the allocations were reduced to 4,000 nominations. Most of these nominations were issued in June 2020, and there was no draw conducted in the latter half of the year. For the year 2021, there is no allocated number now.
Which in demand occupations are taking longer to process in Alberta in COVID times?
The following National Occupational Classification (NOC) code occupations are taking longer than expected to process in these COVID 19 times.
· NOC 7511 – Transport truck drivers
· NOC 6322 – Cooks
· NOC 6311 – Foodservice supervisors
· NOC 6211 – Retail sales supervisors
· NOC 4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants
· NOC 1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
· NOC 1241 – Administrative assistants
· NOC 1221 – Administrative officers