Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) conducted two draws under the Alberta Express Entry stream in a gap of one week, on July 17 and July 24, in which a total of 471 candidates were invited to apply for provincial nomination. While the minimum CRS score in the July 17 draw was 400, in the second draw held on July 24, the minimum score was 303. Alberta issued 251 Notifications of Interest (NoIs) in July 17 draw, while 220 NoIs were issued in the July 24 draw.
The Alberta Express Entry stream of AINP allows the province of Alberta to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who meet the eligibility requirements of the stream and invite them to apply for provincial nomination. Ever since the first AINP Express Entry stream draw held on July 6, 2018, a total of 26 draws have been conducted under the stream and 5,063 NOIs have been issued.
Alberta Express Entry Stream eligibility requirements
The first step for a candidate to be considered for provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream is to create an Express Entry profile. The candidate does not require a job offer to qualify under the stream. However, the candidate must have work experience in an occupation that supports the economic development and diversification priorities of Alberta. But the province does not have an in-demand occupation list. Another requirement is that the candidate must have a minimum CRS score of 300.
The Alberta Express Entry stream gives priority to candidates who have:
- a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta;
- a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
- a parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.
However, there are some factors that decrease the chances of an Express Entry candidate in receiving an NoI from Alberta. One among these is the Express Entry profile of the candidate expiring within three months after the draw. Similarly, the chances decrease when the candidate’s occupation is listed in the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.
Alberta Express Entry stream
The Alberta Express Entry stream gives a chance for candidates with low CRS scores to migrate to Canada. The highest minimum CRS score in any AINP Express Entry draw held so far is 425. This is much below the cut-off score in the most recent federal Express Entry draw, which was 459. Alberta has invited candidates with CRS score as low as 300 on four occasions in 2019. In three draws held in 2019, the minimum CRS score was 301, while in another one, the cut-off score was 302.
The Express Entry candidates who receive provincial nomination from Alberta would obtain 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score points that guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
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