In the latest Alberta Express Entry stream draw held on August 7, candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 352 were invited to apply. This is the first Alberta Express Entry stream draw held in August and a total of 35 candidates received Notifications of Interest (NoIs) in the draw. In the previous Alberta Express Entry draw held on July 31, a total of 319 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) had been issued to candidates with a minimum CRS score of 400. Together, the total number of NoIs issued in these two latest draws held in a gap of just one week has touched 354.
Alberta Express Entry stream
Alberta Express Entry stream allows the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to select candidates who meet the province’s eligibility requirements from the federal Express Entry pool and invite them to apply for provincial nomination. Ever since its launch, 27 draws have been held under the Alberta Express Entry stream so far in which at total of 5,382 NOIs have been issued.
In order to be eligible under the Alberta Express Entry stream, the candidate must have an active Express Entry profile. No job offer or previous work experience in Alberta is required to qualify, but the candidate must have work experience in an occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities. The applicant must also have a minimum CRS score of 300. Priority is given to candidates with:
- a job offer and/or previous work experience in Alberta;
- a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
- A close relative living in Alberta.
However, an Express Entry candidate is less likely to receive an NoI through Alberta Express Entry stream if their Express Entry profile is about to expire within three months from the draw or the occupation of the candidate is listed on the Ineligible Occupations list of Alberta Opportunity Stream.
Alberta Express Entry stream often invites candidates with CRS scores much lower than the minimum cut-off score set for federal Express Entry draws. The highest cut-off CRS score set for any Alberta Express Entry stream so far is 425, in the draw held on July 10, 2019. This is significantly low compared to the cut-off score in the most recent federal Express Entry draw, which was 466.
Albeta has invited candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 on four occasions in 2019. In three other Alberta Express Entry stream draws, the minimum score was 301 and in one other, the cut-off score was 302.
The candidates who successfully apply for and receive provincial nomination from Alberta will obtain 600 additional CRS score points that would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
Canada PNPs offer a range of options for candidates, especially those with low CRS scores, to migrate to Canada. Contact us to check your eligibility to migrate to Canada through Provincial Nominee Programs