Alberta PNP invites 200 Express Entry candidates

Alexandra Miekus
Published: November 24, 2021

Alberta invited 200 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on November 9.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited candidates who had scores of at least 343 in the Express Entry system.

The latest draw is the first one of many with a higher cutoff score than 300, which is the minimum needed to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

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Alberta has now invited 6,359 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination since it resumed invitation rounds in January 2021. The province had taken a temporary hiatus in the latter months of 2020. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are invited to apply for a Certificate of nomination by the Province of Alberta through regular draws, the receipt of which will greatly support their application for permanent residence.

This year, Alberta is allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates. Since the number of invitations issued has now exceeded the number of certificates of nomination that can be granted, the province may have finished issuing invitations for the current year.

How does the Alberta Express Entry Stream work?

The Alberta Express Entry stream is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). It allows the provincial government to search the federal government’s Express Entry pool of candidates for profiles of people who may be eligible for a provincial nomination.

Express Entry is the application management system for the three Federal High Skilled programs: Canadian Experience ClassFederal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

If you are eligible for Express Entry, you will get a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You get points depending on your age, education, work experience, language ability in English or French, and other factors.

Canada’s immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regularly holds Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring candidates to apply for permanent residence.

It is possible to immigrate through the Express Entry system without a provincial nomination, however, people who have lower CRS scores may opt for a PNP. Provincial nominees 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, more than enough to be invited in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Alberta Express Entry Stream Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream, you need to have work experience in an eligible occupation.

The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations, rather it offers a list of occupations that are not eligible for the stream. Many who apply under this stream work as food service supervisors, transport truck drivers, and cooks among others.

Certain factors increase your likelihood of being nominated, like having work experience, a Canadian education, or a job offer in Alberta. It also helps to have a family member already living in Alberta, such as a parent, child, or sibling.

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