In the Alberta Express Entry draw held on November 6, a total of 148 candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination. The invited candidates were required to have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score of 400 to be invited, besides meeting other eligibility criteria.
These invited candidates, if successfully apply for and obtain provincial nomination from Alberta, will receive 600 additional CRS score points which would ensure them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw. The Alberta Express Entry stream allows the province to select candidates who are capable of contributing towards the growth of the province’s economy, from the federal Express Entry pool. The draws also give priority to those candidates who already have a strong connection to the province. Though a job offer from an Alberta employer is not a pre-condition to be selected, those who have one are prioritized in the draws. Those candidates with the following advantages are more likely to be invited by the AINP:
- Job offer and/or work experience in Alberta
- Having graduated from a higher education institution in Alberta
- Close relatives such as parents, children or siblings residing in the province
At the same time, there are also certain other factors that reduce a candidate’s chances for being selected in an Alberta Express Entry draw that include:
- Candidate’s Express Entry profile about to expire within three months
- Candidate’s occupation included in either the Ineligible Occupations List of the Alberta Opportunity Stream or the list of high-wage and low-wage occupations in Alberta.
- Candidate’s occupation having a high volume of submissions across all AINP streams.
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