The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) was at its peak – inviting Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 360 – back in 2019 and early 2020. Several skilled workers were able to immigrate to Canada and stand a chance to qualify for permanent residence owing to easy nomination criteria.
However, due to COVID-19, Alberta cut short its planned annual allocation from 6,250 nomination certificates to 4,000 nomination certificates which it had exhausted by the first half of 2020.
Now back since June 2020, the provincial authorities at Alberta released the details of the latest January 8 ‘enhanced’ Express Entry stream draw.
The province had invited 50 eligible candidates who were already in the federal Express Entry pool to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. All the invited candidates are expected to have a valid Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirement of at least 406.
In addition to this, all the invited candidates belonged to a certain group of occupations. The AINP provides a list of occupations that they will not consider. Any other occupation may be considered.
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How To Qualify For Alberta Express Entry Stream For Canada PR?
Express Entry is a federal database that manages permanent residence applications for the three federal immigration streams:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Candidates will be assessed based on multiple factors such as their age, education, work experience, and language ability and are ranked according to the CRS. The highest-ranking candidates which are determined by a unique minimum CRS score in each nomination draw receive invitations to apply for permanent residence.
Such candidates may also apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta, as well as other provinces with Express Entry-aligned PNPs. They would be required to have prior work experience in an eligible occupation or demonstrate provincial ties. Upon receiving a provincial nomination, they will be awarded an additional 600 CRS points. This would effectively guarantee an ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
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As of yet, no comment has been made from the provincial authorities on the total number of nominations that the AINP will be issuing in 2021.
However, other participating provinces such as British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba had already held their first PNP draws of 2021. Even IRCC started off the year with PNP-specific Express Entry draws. Eligible candidates including foreign skilled workers having prior work experience inside or outside of Canada, recent international graduates, and tech workers having specialized work experience in the IT sector, received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination and eventually permanent residence.
Canada PNP is still the best alternative to Express Entry for permanent residency. All you need is to choose your immigration consultant wisely for prompt legal and documentation support for immigration or otherwise.
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