Alberta updated its eligibility criteria under the provincially-managed Express Entry stream to include candidates who may establish the presence of family relatives in the province.
Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) made the announcement public on January 18, making it easier for candidates in the federal Express Entry Pool to qualify based on the presence of immediate family members like parents, children, brothers, or sisters as permanent residents or Canadian citizens in Alberta.
Until now, AAIP would nominate Express Entry profiles on factors like having a job offer from a company in Alberta, being a graduate of an Albertan post-secondary institution, age, work experience, English or French proficiency, and even family connections in Canada.
The latest addition of family relatives’ eligibility criteria will allow AAIP to conduct partial draws completely based on in-demand occupation and relative factors. The expansion of eligibility criteria under the Alberta Express Entry Stream will expedite the chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency. The selection criteria for any other nomination stream under the AAIP remain unchanged.
“This is not a family reunification plan,” remarked Minister of Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturism in Alberta, Rajan Sawhney.
The Alberta Express Entry stream will now allocate 25% of its Notifications Of Interest (NOIs) to individuals with both immediate family ties in Alberta and continue nominating those who have experience in any of the in-demand occupations including Early childhood educators and assistants, Trade managers, Accountants, Chemical, Petroleum, Material Engineers and more.
The expansion of eligibility criteria under the Alberta Express Entry Stream will expedite the chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency. The selection criteria for any other nomination stream under the AAIP remain unchanged.
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Canada PR Through Alberta Express Entry Stream
Currently, Alberta Advantage Immigration Program is managing eight provincial streams for the immigration of skilled workers and entrepreneurs. Interested candidates need to fulfill the following requirements to receive nominations under the Alberta Express Entry stream:
- Must have an active profile in the federal Express Entry pool
- Must have already given consent to be considered for Alberta provincial nominations
- Have a work experience in any of in-demand occupations in Alberta
- Have a minimum CRS score of 300
As of January 18, 2023, there are nearly 235,000 Express Entry profiles with CRS score over 300. Alberta is majorly attracting Chemical Engineers, Metallurgical & Material Engineers, and Petroleum Engineers for Canada PR through AAIP.
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