Express Entry candidates selected in the November 6 draw needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 400 to receive an invitation, among other requirements.
The federal Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three main economic immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates are given a CRS score based on human capital factors such as age, work experience, education and language ability as well as additional factors such as a provincial nomination.
A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points and effectively guarantees that a candidate will be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Government of Canada.
In order to be considered for a provincial nomination from Alberta, candidates must have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.
Who’s eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream?
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) manages the Alberta Express Entry Stream, which allows the AINP to search the Express Entry pool for eligible candidates.
The AINP says Express Entry candidates who can demonstrate strong ties to Alberta, or who can support the province’s economic development and diversification objectives, may be asked to submit an application for a provincial nomination.
While a job offer is not required in Alberta, it could improve one’s chances of being invited. The AINP says it is more likely to issue invitations to Express Entry candidates who:
- Have an Alberta job offer and/or work experience; and/or
- Graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution; and/or
- Have a relative living in Alberta such as a parent, child and/or sibling.
The following factors may decrease a candidates likelihood of being selected:
- The Express Entry profile expires within three months
- Express Entry candidates are working in an occupation on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations List, as well as the list of High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta, and any occupation that already has a high volume of submissions across all AINP streams.
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