Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held its largest ever draw on September 7 and invited 500 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The previous record was 473, which was held in March 2019. In the latest draw, the candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300.
Alberta Express Entry stream
Alberta Express Entry stream is aligned to the federal Express Entry system and it allows the province to search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates and nominate them for permanent residence in Canada.
In order to be eligible, a candidate must have work experience in one of the eligible occupations of Alberta. They must also have indicated their interest to move to Alberta in their Express Entry profile. Those who have work experience or a job offer from Alberta have better chances of receiving an invitation. Canadian education will also help. Another favourable factor is a close family member, who is a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, residing in the province.
Those who receive a provincial nomination from Alberta will have 600 additional CRS score points added to their total score. This would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Express Entry system
The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs, which are Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trade Program. Almost all Provincial Nominee Programs have at least one stream or category aligned to the Federal Express Entry. The Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination will have 600 CRS score points, which guarantees an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada. It means the provincial nomination gives Express Entry candidates a chance to obtain an invitation to apply for permanent residence, even if their CRS score is low, provided they meet other requirements.