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In the recent draw, held on June 5, Alberta invited 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
So far, Alberta has invited 2,100 candidates to apply for Provincial Nomination in 2021.
The details of the latest draw were released by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) on June 8. The Invited candidates may be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
To be eligible for the invitation, candidates needed a valid profile in the Express Entry System with at least 300 points. The previous draw, held on May 18, had a score requirement of 301.
Since resuming its invitation rounds, in January 2021, Alberta had issued 2,100 invitations to Express Entry candidates for provincial nomination.
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By 2021, Alberta is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates. However, not everyone who receives an invitation to apply will receive a nomination and not everyone who gets a nomination will receive PR.
Theoretically, if Alberta issues over 692 nominations each month for the rest of the year, the province can easily reach its target. Currently, Alberta is under no obligation to issue its share of nominations.
During the pandemic, Alberta stopped holding PNP draws for the later months of 2020. Also, unlike before, the province is now only inviting candidates to apply who are already in the province.
How does the Alberta Express Entry Stream works?
As per the enhanced Provincial Nominee Program, Alberta has the right to search the Express Entry pool for profiles of candidates who may be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream.
The very first step is to create your Express Entry profile.
Express Entry is the application management system for the three Federal Skilled programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
Applicants who are eligible for Express Entry will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The points are awarded for various factors like age, education, work experience, language skills in English or French, and others.
IRCC, the Immigration Department of the country, regularly holds Express Entry draws inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency.
Candidates can also immigrate through the Express Entry system; however, those who have low scores can opt for a Provincial Nominee Program.
Provincial nominees automatically get 600 points added to their overall CRS score. For example, if the lowest scoring candidate in the new Alberta draw gets a nomination, the new CRS score will be 900, which is more than enough to receive an invitation in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
Eligibility for receiving nomination from Alberta
To be eligible for provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream, you must have work experience in an eligible occupation. Alberta does not provide a list of eligible occupations; rather it has a list of ineligible occupations for the stream. Many applicants who apply under this scheme have experience as food service supervisors, transport truck driver, and cooks among others.
Your Express Entry profile should indicate that you have an interest in moving to Alberta.
Certain factors can increase your likelihood of being nominated such as your work experience, Canadian education, and a job offer from an employer in Alberta. Moreover, having a child, sibling, or parent who is a permanent resident or citizen in Alberta can also help your application.
The point of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is to support the economic development and diversification priorities of Alberta.