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3,357 Express Entry candidates got invited by Alberta with CRS scores as low as 300 to apply for a provincial nomination

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3,357 Express Entry candidates got invited by Alberta with CRS scores
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According to the new information released by Alberta, it conducted 14 draws through its Express Entry-aligned immigration stream in this year 2019 and issued 3,357 invitations to Express Entry candidates so that they can apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence. The candidates got scores as low as 300.

Those Express Entry candidates who got nominated by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) received an extra 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which guarantees an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates should be eligible for one of the 3 federal immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system if he/she wants to be considered for a nomination from Alberta. The three federal immigration programs are Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

Cities of Edmonton and Calgary are present in Alberta which are popular destinations for immigrants. Oil and gas production were major boost for Alberta’s economy, but health services and information technology are slowly gaining importance as the province’s government works to diversify beyond energy.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream which was introduced last year lets the province to search the federal Express Entry pool for immigration candidates so as to meet specified eligibility requirements and later invite them to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Express Entry candidates should have a CRS score of minimum 300 and working in an occupation that “supports economic development of Alberta and diversification priorities,” among other criteria, to be considered for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence from Alberta.

While previous work experience or a job offer in Alberta is not needed to be eligible, according to AINP, a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution or a parent or sibling residing in Alberta may be given priority for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination.

Among the 14 draws held in 2019, three Express Entry candidates got invited with scores as low as 300 which is lower than the lowest score in a federal Express Entry draw so far in this year i.e., 438.

The largest Alberta Express Entry Stream draw conducted so far this year was on March 5 and witnessed a total of 473 invitations.

NOIs are issued to Express Entry candidates recognised through a search of the federal pool by the AINP. Express Entry candidates who get an NOI will have 30 days to submit a full application for Alberta’s provincial nomination.

Draw Date Number of NOIs Issued Lowest score invited
January 10, 2019 337 300
January 25, 2019 81 301
February 1, 2019 168 301
February 22, 2019 130 302
March 5, 2019 473 400
March 12, 2019 462 400
March 15, 2019 106 300
March 19, 2019 271 400
March 26, 2019 370 400
April 2, 2019 356 400
April 9, 2019 172 300
April 15, 2019 179 400
April 24, 2019 133 400

The AINP says the following aspects might decrease the chances of getting an NOI through the Alberta Express Entry Stream:

  1. Your Express Entry profile expires in three months or less than three months
  2. You are working in an occupation:
    • on the list of High-wage & low-wage occupations in the Alberta province set out on the online Canadian Government Refusal to Process a Labour Market Impact Assessment list;
    • Mentioned in the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list.
    • That got a high volume of submissions in all AINP streams.

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