Alberta PNP Draw Invites Express Entry Candidates


Alberta Provincial Nominee Program (AINP) draw invites Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 303.

Details of recent Alberta Express Entry stream draw which was held on June 17th have been released.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 187 invitations to the immigration candidates who may be eligible through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The Invited candidates in the Express Entry pool needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirement of a minimum of 303.

The Express Entry is the Federal government system that manages the applications for 3 federal immigration streams i.e.

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program, and 
  3. Canadian Experience Class.

The Candidates are then ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System which awards the points on original human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language proficiency. The highest-scoring candidates are then issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through its regular Express Entry draws.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

The Express Entry candidates have the opportunity to be invited to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination from Alberta, and other provinces with Express Entry-aligned the Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP). The provincial nomination awards the immigration candidates an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points toward their overall score based on the human factors which boost them to the top of the pool and to be selected in a subsequent Express Entry draws.

Due to COVID 19 Pandemic, it has affected operations at the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP). For the time being, only candidates within Alberta are being invited for nominations. The immigration candidates need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. That occupation must support the province’s economic development and diversification priorities.

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.

Ineligible occupations include those in the government’s high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta, and the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) Ineligible Occupations list.

Due to COVID 19, the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) now requires candidates to meet the following criteria in order to receive a nomination:

  1. The candidates must be currently working in Alberta, even if they are working from home;
  2. The candidates must have a work permit authorizing them to work in their current job;
  3. The candidates must have a job that is full-time, paid, meet the provincial minimum wage, exceed Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements; and they must work in an eligible occupation.

The candidates who were working full time prior to the coronavirus pandemic and those who are working in a regulated occupation who cannot meet licensure requirements will have their applications on hold for 2 months or 60 calendar days.

If the candidates have no recent employment history in Alberta, then their applications will not be processed until further notice. So far this year 2020, the Alberta has issued 1,785 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In the last year 2019, the Alberta Express Entry Stream rendered 6,884 invitations, and this year 2020 Alberta’s provincial nomination allocations have not yet been released.



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