Latest Express Entry Draw: Alberta Invites 300 Candidates Under PNP
Good news for Canadian immigration applicants.
In its latest draw on March 26 2021, Alberta invited 300 Express Entry candidates to apply for their provincial nomination. The candidates were invited to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
The selected candidates had a minimum of 301 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Only those who made a profile in the Express Entry system were selected to apply for a provincial nomination under Alberta's new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
What is the Alberta Express Entry System?
Alberta Express Entry System is an enhanced PNP for Express Entry applicants who are eligible for Alberta or can support the province economically and have diversification priorities. However, because of the current pandemic, Alberta is only accepting candidates who are already living and working in Alberta.
The candidates are also required to have relevant work experience in a recognizable occupation. Applicants can check the list of ineligible occupations put up by the AINP before applying for this stream.
Furthermore, on November 1, 2020, the federal government has added more occupations to the list of ineligible occupations to apply for a Labor Market Impact Assessment in Alberta. However, applicants who received an invitation on or after November 1, 2020, can still be considered through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
Total Nominations Since Pandemic
In 2020, Alberta aimed to grant 6,250 nomination certificates. However, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the province's allocation was limited to 4,000 nominations. Since all of these nominations were sent by June 2020, there were no draws for the rest of the year.
The number of provincial nomination allocations for Alberta in 2021 has not yet been announced by the AINP.
Express Entry System
Express Entry is the fastest route to immigrate to Canada. It assesses and manages profiles for three Federal High Skilled immigration pathways such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
If a candidate is eligible for the Express Entry system, he/she will be rewarded with a CRS score against a few credentials such as age, education, work experience, etc. the candidates with higher CRS score then invited to apply for Canada Permanent Residency. For this purpose, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regularly holds Express Entry draws to invite eligible candidates.
Applicants who received a provincial nomination from the province of Alberta will be awarded an additional 600 CRS points added to their overall score. This means that the invited candidates with scores equal to the minimum requirement in this draw will receive a new CRS score of 901.