The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 191 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residence.
The immigration Candidates only need a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300 in order to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cutoffs in the Alberta Express Entry stream have been on a downward trend since April 1. Alberta has released the details of the Alberta Express Entry Stream draw which was held on May 13.
Notifications of Interest (NOI) recipients now have the chance to receive a provincial nomination from Alberta. The Express Entry candidates who get nominated from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are awarded an additional 600 points toward their overall score. The provincial nominees are effectively guaranteed to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a regular federal Express Entry draw, such as the one that took place on May 27.
As the COVID-19 still presents an imminent health risk to public safety, the Alberta is only considering candidates for a provincial nomination if they are already living and working in the province of Alberta. Normally it is not required to have a job offer to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
The Alberta is offering some flexibility for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates who cannot submit all documents due to service disruptions that are a result of the pandemic.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will accept copies of documents. If the candidate satisfies the necessary requirements, their file will be held for 60 English calendar days.
Eligibility criteria for Alberta Express Entry Stream
The 1st step to immigrate to Canada through the Alberta Express Entry Stream is to create a profile in the federal Express Entry system. The candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities.
The Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) does not provide a list of eligible occupations, rather they provide a list of occupations that they will not consider.
Due to COVID -19, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) now requires the candidates to meet the following criteria in order to receive a nomination as below:
- The candidates must be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home;
- The candidates must have a work permit authorizing them to work in their current job;
- The candidates must have a job that is full-time, paid, meet the provincial minimum wage, exceed the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements. Make sure the candidates must work in an eligible occupation.
The candidates who were working full time prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and those who are working in a regulated occupation who cannot meet licensure requirements will have their applications on hold for 60 English calendar days. If candidates have no recent employment history in Alberta, then their applications will not be processed until further notice.
So far this year 2020, Alberta has issued overall 1,598 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In the last year 2019, the Albert Express Entry Stream rendered 6,884 invitations.