Two Alberta PNP Draws Target 835 Express Entry Candidates with Low CRS Cut-off 300

Alberta held two PNP draws

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued two rounds of invitations to nominate eligible Express Entry candidates for provincial nominations.

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The province held the first round on September 14, targeting 385 immigration candidates registered in the federal pool with an Expression of Interest already submitted to AINP.  Invited candidates needed a score of at least 300 in the Express Entry system in order to be eligible for an invitation.

The second round of invitations took place on September 21 which invited another 450 Express Entry candidates with scores of at least 300.

Alberta is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021 and the province has so far invited 5,342 Express Entry candidates.

All the invited candidates are now one step closer to applying for permanent residence (PR) in Canada through the federal Express Entry system.

The federal Express Entry system is an application management database to streamline federal immigration programs that offers direct permanent residency to foreign applicants. It manages applicants under three federal programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

CanApprove has observed several Canadian immigration aspirants apply for study in Canada and gain work experience through Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). After gaining full-time work experience of at least one year in Canada, they apply to qualify under CEC for Canada PR.

Alternatively, immigration aspirants look to receive provincial nominations based on their education and work credentials obtained in Canada.

All the registered profiles receive a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates get points for factors including their age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and others. The varying degree of scores will help the government determine a prospective immigrant to succeed in Canada’s labour market.

Canada PR Through AINP Express Entry Stream

Issuing a permanent residency certificate is the exclusive domain of the federal government. However, provincial governments provide an alternate pathway for obtaining Canada PR through Canada PNP, one particular case in point is Alberta Express Entry Stream.

There are two significant advantages of receiving a provincial nomination under AlNP:

  • Qualifying CRS score remains as low as 300, unlike any other provincial draws,
  • Those who receive the provincial nomination will automatically get an additional 600 CRS points added to their overall score.

It means that candidates are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the upcoming federal Express Entry draw. As a matter of fact, the previous Express Entry draw targeted 635 candidates with prior provincial nominations to apply for permanent residency.

Alberta Express Entry stream is classified as enhanced PNP under the AINP. It is exclusively for Express Entry candidates who had already submitted their Expression of Interest (EOI) to Alberta.

Major requirements to receive provincial nominations under this stream include strong ties to Alberta. It includes family ties or graduation from any University or College in Alberta, or those who can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities.

Candidates are also required to have adequate work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP only provides a list of occupations that are ineligible for the stream’s requirements.

Take this quick assessment online to determine your eligibility based on your profile.

Check Your CRS Scores

Visit the official page of AINP or choose to contact our consultants for simplified advice.

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