The Canadian province of Alberta is preparing to launch an Express Entry stream in January 2018. This will enable the province to make use of a portion of its allocation to nominate candidates for the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
The program will be run under the guidance of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC's) Express Entry pool.
As this is done, the province of Alberta will join other provinces who have at least one Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that is aligned with the Federal Express Entry immigration system.
In January 2018 it will be three years ever since the Express Entry immigration system from IRCC came into existence and started operating.
The Canadian province of Alberta has not yet disclosed the eligibility criteria of the Express Entry immigration system.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who receive the provincial nomination through aligned stream get various benefits, including an additional of 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This increases the chances of getting the Invitation to Apply (ITA) considerably in the upcoming draws in the pool.
The single most valuable factor in the Comprehensive Ranking System is the enhanced provincial nomination.
As per the Immigration Levels Plan for 2017 from Canada, a target has been set to bring in 54,000 new permanent residents through the Provincial Nominee Program for the year 2017.
The IRCC has authorized the AINP to give nearly 5,500 nomination certificates in this year. When the new immigration levels plan is announced by the government, it created opportunity for increased settlement by way of PNPs, including the AINP.
It is not yet known publicly as to how many nominations will be given through the AINP Express Entry stream.
This is not the only update that has come from AINP, a new Opportunity stream was also announced earlier in the day. This stream is also expected to be implemented in the new year.
According to Labor Minister, Christina Gray, immigrants are a valuable part of Canadian communities and workforce. For the ongoing prosperity of our province it is crucial to help them settle successfully.