Alberta

Alberta invites 354 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination in two draws held on July 31 and August 7 (WWICS: 14201908Ga1657)

  Candidates with CRS scores of 352 and above received invitations

Alberta issued invitations to another 354 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in two draws held on July 31 and August 7.

A total of 319 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) went to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 400 and above in invitation round held on July 31.

However, the August 7 draw was significantly smaller, as just 35 invitations issued to Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 352.

The invitations were issued through the Alberta Express Entry Stream – a stream that allows the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to search the federal Express Entry pool for candidates who fulfill the stream’s eligibility requirements and send them invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates who wish to consider for a provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry Stream as well as many other Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), need to first submit a profile to the Express Entry pool.

No job offer or previous work experience in Alberta is mandatory in order to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. However, applicants must be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities.

The AINP generally gives priority to candidates who have a job offer and/or work experience in the province; a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or a parent, child or sibling already living in the province.

Alberta’s Express Entry Stream draws often invites candidates with CRS scores that are much lower than those drawn through Federal Express Entry draws.

The minimum score of 425, on July 10, 2019, was the highest so far in the AINP draws. However, it was well below the cut-off score of the most recent Express Entry draw, i.e. 466.

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