Alberta has released the new information showing that it has held 14 draws through its Express Entry-aligned immigration stream so far in 2019, issuing a number of 3,357 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry applicants with scores as low as 300.
Express Entry candidates nominated by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) receive an additional 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Applicants must be eligible for one of the three federal immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system Program — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class — and have a profile in the Express Entry pool to be considered for an Alberta nomination.
Alberta is home to the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, both popular immigrant destinations. Oil and gas production has long driven Alberta’s economic system, but information technology, health services and other industries are gaining prominence as the province’s government works to diversify beyond energy.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream introduced last year allows the province to search for immigration candidates who meet specified eligibility requirements in the federal Express Entry pool and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination program.
Express Entry candidates must have a CRS minimum of at least 300 and work in an occupation that “supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities,” among several other criteria, in order to be considered for an Alberta Canadian permanent residence nomination.
While a job offer or previous employment in Alberta is not required to qualify, the AINP says candidates with a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta may be prioritized for an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination by a degree from a Canadian post-
secondary institution and/or a parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.
Of the 14 drawings held in 2019, three invited Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 300.
This is significantly lower than the lowest score drawn so far this year by a federal Express Entry draw, which was 438.
The largest Alberta Express Entry Stream draw so far this year was held on March 5 and a total of 473 invitations, or Notifications of Interest (NOIs), were issued.
NOIs are issued to Express Entry candidates identified by the AINP through a federal pool search. Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI have 30 days to submit a complete application from Alberta for a provincial nomination.
The AINP says the following factors may reduce the likelihood of receiving an NOI through the Alberta Express Entry Stream:
Your Express Entry Profile expires within 3 months or less
You are working in an occupation That is in demand in Alberta province.
on the list of High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta set out on the online Government of Canada Refusal to Process a Labour Market Impact Assessment list;
on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list,
That has a high volume of submissions across all AINP streams.