The draw was held on May 15 through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) functions under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program which lets participating provinces to nominate economic immigration candidates who satisfy local labour market requirements.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream was launched in 2018 and allows the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program find the federal Express Entry system for candidates who satisfy its eligibility requirements. The Express Entry system takes care of the pool of candidates for 3 of Canada’s major economic immigration categories: Federal Skilled Trades Class, Canadian Experience and the Federal Skilled Worker Class.
Eligible candidates in these 3 categories are made to enter into the Express Entry pool and allotted a score set by the Comprehensive Ranking System. The candidates with high ranks are later issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence with the help of regular draws from the pool.
Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination will get an extra 600 points for their CRS score and thus confirming an invitation from the Government of Canada. Total of 3,554 Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR through the stream in 2019.
Express Entry candidates should have a CRS score of minimum of 300 to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The AINP has not yet mentioned the occupations that are eligible.
While previous work experience or a job offer in Alberta is not needed to be eligible, the AINP might give priority to candidates who got:
- a job offer or work experience in Alberta
- a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a genuine job offer
- A parent, sibling or child already residing in Alberta.
Out of all the 15 Alberta Express Entry Stream draws conducted so far in 2019, 7 have witnessed the minimum score range between 300 & 302. This is much lower than the lowest score drawn in a federal Express Entry draw this year i.e. 438.