The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 293 Express Entry candidates with scores of at least 300 to apply for a provincial nomination. This is the first draw held by the province this month. Over the course of September, Alberta held 4 Alberta Express Entry stream attracts each with minimal rating requirements of 300. A total of 1,610 invites have been issued last month alone.

Alberta has now invited 5,910 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination since it resumed invitation rounds in January 2021. It had taken a temporary hiatus in the latter months of 2020. The draws send invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for a nomination certificate, which will substantially help their everlasting residency application. This year, Alberta is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates.

How does the Alberta Express Entry Stream work?

The Alberta Express Entry stream is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It allows the provincial government to search the federal government’s Express Entry pool of candidates for profiles of people who may be eligible for a provincial nomination. Express Entry is the software management system for the three Federal High Skilled programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

If you are eligible for Express Entry, you will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You get points depending on your age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and various other factors. Canada’s immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) many times holds Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence. It is possible to immigrate via the Express Entry stream without a provincial nomination, however, those who have lower CRS scores can also opt for a PNP. Provincial nominees automatically get 600 points added to their overall score. If the lowest-scoring candidates in the new Alberta draw acquire the nomination, their new CRS rankings will be 900, greater than sufficient to be invited in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Alberta Express Entry Stream Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream, you need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP does not furnish a list of eligible occupations, as a substitute it gives a list of occupations that are no longer eligible for the stream. Many who apply under this stream work as food service supervisors, transport truck drivers, and cooks amongst others.

Certain factors increase your probability of being nominated, like having work experience, a Canadian education, or a job offer in Alberta. It additionally helps to have a family member already residing in Alberta, such as a parent, child, or sibling.