Alberta invites amicably 180 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination in the latest draw. Alberta has launched the nitty-gritty of the latest draw through its Express Entry-linked provincial nomination stream which was held on July 5.
A sum total of 180 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) were issued to Express Entry candidates along with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 425.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream permits the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to identify the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who qualify the stream’s eligibility criteria.
The Canada Express Entry Rules specify that Express Entry candidates having a provincial nomination fetch an additional 600 points toward their CRS Score and are effectively assured an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITA) from the government of Canada.
A job offer or previous work experience in Alberta is not mandatory in order to qualify for the Alberta Express Entry Stream, but candidates must demonstrate ‘strong bond to Alberta’ and be engaged in an occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities. Alberta does not provide a list of eligible occupations.
The AINP also states that it may give priority to candidates with:
- A job offer and or work experience in Alberta;
- A degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
- A parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.
The AINP has conducted 17 draws through the Alberta Express Entry Stream so far in 2019 and issued a total of 3,996 NOIs.
The minimum score of 425 was the highest so far for an Alberta Express Entry Stream draw. However, it was found to be below the most recent cut-off score for a federal Express Entry draw, which were 460.
Alberta has preferred Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 through the Alberta Express Entry Stream on four occasions in 2019. Three draws had a minimum CRS score of 301 and one other had a cut-off CRS score of 302.
What does Federal Express Entry System mean?
The Canada Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic immigration programs- the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Candidates qualifying for these programs are provided an entry into the Express Entry Pool and are assigned a score based on parameters like age, education, skilled work experience, and language proficiency in English or French.
A set number of the highest –scoring candidates are issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) from the Government of Canada through regular draws from the pool.
To be considered for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, the first step is to enter a profile in the Express Entry Pool.
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