Alberta sent invites to Express Entry candidates in its immigration draw conducted on April 29, 2020. The candidates had a low CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 322.
AINP (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) issued 200 NOI (Notification of Interest), also called invites, in the April 29 PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) draw.
If those invited in the draw got provincial nomination from AINP, they will be granted 600 extra points. These points will be useful in a future federal Express Entry draw by immigration Canada.
The extra points will in effect assure that the candidate will get an invitation to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence in Canada.
The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been intending to offer provincial nomination to a specific category of candidates from March 18, 2020. From this day on, travel restrictions were implemented to combat COVID-19.
As for now, Alberta is considering only candidate profiles of those living and working in the province, for provincial nomination.
Alberta is offering consideration to candidates who are facing delays in submitting documents. The delays would be due to issues caused by COVID-19.
AINP will accept copies of all necessary documents.
A candidate complying with necessary requirements will have their file kept in hold for 60 days.
For eligibility for Canada Express Entry Stream, candidates must have their profiles in the federal Express Entry system.
They must have work experience in a job that supports the priorities and economic development of the province.
AINP needs candidates:
- Having work permit authorizing them to work in their current job
- Currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home
- Working in an occupation considered eligible (I.e. those which are not one of the low-wage and high-wage occupations of the government in the Alberta province, and neither in Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list)
- Having a paid full-time job that meets the provincial minimum wage, and exceed Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements
Applications of candidates who comply with the above requirements but can’t meet licensure requirements will be kept on hold for 60 days.
Until now this year, the province has issued 1,407 invitations to Express Entry candidates.
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