The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) held a new provincial draw on June 5 which resulted in the nomination of 191 Express Entry candidates. They are now eligible to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for provincial nominations from the province.
As per the provincial release on June 8, all the invited candidates may be eligible to apply for provincial nominations under the Alberta Express Entry stream. Upon successful provincial nomination, they can significantly downsize their efforts to obtain permanent residency (PR) from the federal immigration department.
With the latest PNP draw, Alberta has issued a total of 2,100 invitations to Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nominations. According to the federal allocations, the province can issue up to 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021. Owing to travel restrictions, the province temporarily put a hold on draws for the later months of 2020 and later resorted to only inviting candidates who are already in the province.
Qualify for Canada PR under AINP
June 5 PNP draw required candidates to have an active Express Entry profile and a qualifying score of at least 300. The previous Alberta PNP draw on May 18 had a slightly higher score requirement of 301.
To receive a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream, candidates must demonstrate:
- adequate work experience or job offer in an eligible occupation. Here is a list of non-eligible occupations for the stream.
- Indicate a genuine interest in moving to Alberta.
- Graduation from any institution in Alberta may boost your chances.
- Familial ties with existing permanent residents or citizens in Alberta may help.
Alberta predominantly invites foreign immigrants to apply for provincial nominations under its ‘enhanced’ provincial stream. This would mean that any interested applicants must first register their profile online in the federal Express Entry system.
Upon registration, the profiles are evaluated and assigned scores out of 1200 points following the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It is dependent on the applicant’s age, language proficiency, work experience, and education among other factors.
Getting nominated under an ‘enhanced’ provincial stream is usually considered by such candidates who have a lower CRS score. A successful provincial nominee will automatically get 600 points added to their overall score. If the lowest-scoring candidates in the new Alberta draw receive the nomination, their new CRS scores will be 900, sufficient to receive ITA for Canada PR in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
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