Details of first draws through new Express Entry-linked immigration stream released by Alberta

The first details of draws conducted through the Express Entry-linked stream since its inception in June have been revealed by Alberta.

A total of seven draws have been held since the inception, with the first and largest draw issuing 155 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) on July 6 to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 302.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) search the federal Express Entry system for candidates meeting the stream’s eligibility requirements and invites them to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s 3 Federal High Skilled economic immigration categories – the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates with a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points towards their CRS score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation from the Government of Canada to apply for permanent residence.

The CRS ranks Express Entry candidates based on points awarded for factors such as skilled work experience, age, education, proficiency in English or French.

According to AINP, Eligible Express Entry candidates must have a CRS score of at least 300 and they must be working in an occupation that supports “Alberta’s economic development and diversification,” among other criteria.

Candidates holding a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta, a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and/or a child, parent or sibling already living in Alberta may be prioritized for an NOI.

To be considered for this stream, the candidates must have their profile in the Express Entry pool. Express Entry profiles expiring in three months or less prior to a given draw date may not be considered, warns the AINP.

CRS scores as low as 301

In the seven draws held so far through Alberta’s Express Entry Stream, the selected candidates had CRS scores as low as 301.

This was the case in a draw held on September 14 which saw a total of 152 Express Entry candidates invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

With the 600 additional CRS points awarded for a provincial nomination, a score of 301 would go to 901. This score of 901 would be more than enough to obtain an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence through Express Entry.



Draw Date



NOIs Issued



Minimum CRS score


July 6,2018





July 26, 2018






August 23, 2018






September 14, 2018






October 10, 2018






October 16, 2018





November 6, 2018







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