In the latest Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) draw held on August 28, a total of 294 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for provincial nomination. The selected candidates had a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 400 points. The score is 38 points down compared to the lowest score in the federal Express Entry draws held in 2019 so far. The Express Entry candidates invited in the AINP draw would receive 600 additional CRS score points, which would guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
In the latest AINP draw, the number of invitations issued is more than double of the number of invitations issued in the previous draw held on August 15. So far, Alberta has issued a total of 5,236 invitations to Express Entry candidates in the 23 draws held this year.
AINP draw for Express Entry candidates
Express Entry candidates with strong ties to Alberta and work experience in an occupation that can support the economic development and diversification priorities of the province are invited in the AINP draws. However, Alberta does not have a list of eligible occupations.
The Express Entry stream draws of AINP often favours those with low CRS scores. Ever since the Stream was introduced in June 2018, four AINP draws have invited Express Entry candidates with CRS score as low as 300 on four occasions. While four other draws had a minimum score requirement of 301, yet another four draws invited candidates with a minimum CRS score of 302.
AINP draws give priority to Express Entry candidates with:
- A job offer and/or work experience in Alberta
- A degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution along with a valid job offer, or
- A close relative already residing in the province
However, if the Express Entry profile of the candidate is about to expire within three months, they are less likely to receive an invitation in the AINP draw. Candidates with work experience in an occupation listed in the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list also are not likely to receive an invitation in the AINP draw.
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