Alberta Offers Canada PR Pathway for Express Entry Candidates With Low CRS

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The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held another nomination draw on March 26 that issued 300 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. 


All these invitations were issued to candidates having an active Express Entry profile. They are now one step closer to applying for permanent residence (PR) in Canada. 

The Express Entry system is an application management database for Canadian immigration. It handles applications for three federal programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

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 labor market. 

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

  • Qualifying CRS score remains as low as 301, as in the case of the latest March 26 AINP draw, and
  • 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. In fact, the recent Express Entry invitation round invited 671 candidates who had prior provincial nominations.

‘Enhanced’ Alberta 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.  

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. Contact our consultants to know more. 

Canada is keen on achieving its immigration target of 1.2 million new immigrants by 2023. Further, over 60% of the said target will be achieved through various economic-class programs including Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, Business Immigration. 

Alberta has invited 1,009 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination, so far in 2021. This could be soon converted into permanent residency. 

So, why wait any further? Start planning your immigration process today. Get expert & genuine documentation, legal support from CanApprove.

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