Alberta PNP draw CRS cut off 300

Shelby Thevenot
Published: June 12, 2020

Alberta has released details for the May 27 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 148 invitations to candidates who may be eligible for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Candidates needed a CRS score of 300 in order to receive an invitation.

Invited candidates first needed to have a profile in the federal Express Entry system.

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Express Entry is the system that manages applications for three federal immigration streams: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), that awards points for human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.

The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

Express Entry candidates have the opportunity to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta, and other provinces with Express Entry-aligned PNPs.

A provincial nomination awards candidates an additional 600 CRS points toward their overall score, which boosts them to the top of the pool to be selected in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Coronavirus has affected operations at the AINP. For the time being, only candidates within Alberta are being invited for a nomination.

Candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities. The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations, rather they provide a list of occupations that they will not consider. Ineligible occupations include those in the government’s high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.

With special coronavirus measures in place, the AINP now requires candidates to meet the following criteria in order to receive a nomination:

  • be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home;
  • have a work permit authorizing them to work in their current job;
  • have a job that is full-time, paid, meet the provincial minimum wage, exceed Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements; and they must work in an eligible occupation.

Candidates who were working full time prior to the coronavirus pandemic, and those who are working in a regulated occupation who cannot meet licensure requirements will have their applications on hold for 60 calendar days.

If candidates have no recent employment history in the province, their applications will not be processed until further notice.

So far this year, Alberta has issued 1,746 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In 2019, the Albert Express Entry Stream rendered 6,884 invitations. Alberta’s provincial nomination allocations for 2020 have not yet been released.

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