The details of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw conducted on June 17 by Alberta province was recently released. Over 187 eligible candidates who had agreed for a provincial nomination while registering their Express Entry profiles are said to be nominated under Alberta Express Entry stream. They are now a step closer to getting a permanent residence in Canada.
June 17 PNP draw was conducted by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) inviting 187 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool. Such candidates needed a minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of as low as 303.
The current travel restrictions to lower the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on AINP. The provincial authorities are only considering candidates who are already in Alberta for nominations. However, it is subjected to change once the travel restrictions are relaxed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
With the latest AINP draw in place, the province of Alberta has nominated nearly 1,785 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in 2020. While the total count of invitations to Express Entry candidates in 2019 were around 6,884, Alberta is yet to release the provincial nomination allocations for 2020 which would have enabled us to get a better picture of the future.
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How to qualify for the Alberta Express Entry Stream?
Canada Express Entry system manages applications for three federal immigration streams – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. Such applications are ranked in accordance with a unique scoring methodology called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A CRS awards point out of 1200 for human capital factors including age, work experience, education, and proficiency in English or French among others.
Eligible candidates who score above the minimum required CRS which is determined in every nomination round are extended an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Candidates are also allowed to apply for various Express Entry-linked PNP immigration streams including the Alberta Express Entry stream. Additionally, up to 600 points is added to the overall CRS score on a successful provincial nomination, effectively making them eligible to receive a permanent residence in Canada.
AINP streams do not require a job offer in order to qualify for permanent residence in Canada. However, having a job offer or relevant work experience in the province will be an added advantage. In addition to it, a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution or a family member already living in the province shall improve your chances for consideration by the province.
Travel restrictions in Canada are notified to continue until July 31 and may extend beyond. In such a scenario, one may wonder if they should continue planning for immigration to Canada. However, the regular conduct of Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program draws, the processing of applications by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, a public call by the Immigration Minister to “Come To Canada” is keeping the spirits of liberal immigration policies in Canada high.
CanApprove advises all aspirants to continue working on their skill assessment and language proficiency tests to improve their CRS scores. Contact our immigration consultants for the latest updates on Canada Immigration.