Prepared by Nithin Koshy; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on April 7, 2021

Alberta has issued 1,009 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021. Alberta invited Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on March 26.


The province invited 300 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Candidates who were selected in this specific invitation round required a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of only 301 – for the second time in a row. Candidates needed to have an active Express Entry profile and a invitation sent by the provincial government of Alberta. The Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class are all part of Express Entry – Canada’s immigration applications management system for the three Federal skilled migration pathways.


If you are eligible for Express Entry, you will receive a score based on various factors like your age, education, work experience, English and/or French language skills, etc. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Canadian department that deals with immigration, conducts Express Entry draws, inviting top-scoring candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residence. Those who receive an Alberta provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 CRS point, automatically increasing their total CRS score and thereby, placing them high in the pool. This ensures that all the candidates who were invited in the current draw will receive a new minimum CRS score of 901. Such a high CRS standing in the pool can potentially trigger an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Federal government of Canada.


Alberta – Express Entry Stream


This enhanced PNP is for Express Entry candidates with close links to Alberta or contributing to the government’s economic growth & diversification goals. Alberta is only considering candidates who live and work in the province during the pandemic. Candidates must also have previous work experience in a relevant field. The AINP issues only a list of occupations that are ineligible for this specific immigration stream’s selection criteria. The federal government increased the number of occupations that are not eligible for a Labour Market Impact Assessment in Alberta on November 1, 2020. Candidates who received an invitation on or after November 1, 2020, however, can still be selected via the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they work in an occupation for which the federal government does not require an LMIA.


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