In the new Alberta PNP draw held on June 5, the province invited 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score requirement for the candidates was 300. This is one point lower compared to the previous Alberta draw held on May 18. With the latest draw, the total number of immigration candidates invited by Alberta to apply for provincial nomination so far this year has reached 2100.
Alberta had stopped inviting candidates for a brief period last year owing to the impact of COVID-19. The draws were then resumed in January 2021. For the current year, Alberta has been allocated a total of 6250 provincial nominations.
Alberta Express Entry stream
Alberta Express Entry stream is aligned to the federal Express Entry system. The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three economic immigration programs, which are Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Each Express Entry candidate is assessed on the basis of a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The criteria for the same include age, education, work experience, language ability etc. Those with the highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the Express Entry draws that are conducted regularly.
The candidates who are nominated by a province will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score points added to their total score. For example, if a candidate with a CRS score of 300 is nominated by Alberta, their total CRS score would be 900. In the PNP-specific Express Entry draws this year so far, the CRS cut-off score has hovered around 700 and 800. So, a provincial nomination guarantees the candidate an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Eligibility requirement for nomination from Alberta
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program aims to support the economic development and diversification priorities of Alberta.
To receive provincial nomination from Alberta, the candidates must have work experience in an eligible occupation. Besides, in their Express Entry profile, the candidates must also have expressed their interest to settle in Alberta. Chances are high for those who have work experience or job offer from Alberta to receive a nomination. Canadian education is another positive factor. Close family members residing in the province will also increase your chances to receive a provincial nomination from Alberta.
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