For those of you who have been keeping track of Canada immigration and provincial immigration draws, here’s an update.
An Alberta PNP draw was conducted on September 30, 2021, the details of which are now released. In the Sep 30 draw, AINP invited 275 Express Entry candidates. They were offered the chance to apply for a provincial nomination in Alberta. Those candidates had a CRS score of at least 300 points.
Alberta PNP had issued invitations to 1,610 immigration candidates in September 2021. Every draw that was held in September 2021 required candidates to have 300 as the minimum CRS score. In 2021, till now, Alberta has invited 5,617 Express Entry candidates to file an application for a provincial nomination. The cap on invitations for Alberta in 2021 is 6,250.
How Alberta PNP Express Entry stream works
The Express Entry stream is an enhanced PNP stream. Alberta finds eligible candidates from the Express Entry pool. Their eligibility is decided by the skill requirements the province has. These skill needs are met by skilled foreign workers recruited by employers in Alberta.
Express Entry is a points-based application management system used by the federal government to manage applications for immigration. These applications are filed for 3 federal high-skilled immigration programs namely CEC, FSTP, and FSWP.
The applicants to Express Entry have their profiles added to a candidate pool that’s accessible to both federal and provincial governments. Every candidate profile is ranked by CRS with scores assigned. Factors like age, education, work experience, and skills in Canada’s official language are considered to decide the scores.
When provincial governments choose and nominate Express Entry candidates through PNP draws, they automatically add 600 extra points to their original CRS scores. This way, the candidates get a higher score that will increase their chances to get an ITA to the near surety in a forthcoming federal immigration draw.
For a provincial nomination, these candidates need to create an EOI profile with the provincial PNP involved. The EOI profiles are given scores on the province’s unique points grid.
The highest-scoring Express Entry candidates are invited by IRCC to apply for Canada PR when they take part in regular invitation rounds. Those who are invited can officially apply for Canada immigration.
To be eligible for a provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream, you need to have experience working in an eligible occupation. However, this list of eligible occupations isn’t provided as such by AINP. Rather it issues a list of occupations that aren’t eligible for nomination.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
AINP – Alberta Immigration Nominee Program