Alberta PNP draw invites Express Entry candidates with CRS of at least 352
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Alberta PNP draw invites express entry candidates…..
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program invited a total of 159 Express Entry candidates to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream. Invited candidates only needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 352. These candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination, which will bump them to the top of the Express Entry pool.
Express Entry is Canada’s application management system for the three Federal High Skilled immigration pathways, which include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
The first step after receiving an invitation is to check your eligibility, as receiving an invitation does not guarantee that you will be nominated.
Generally speaking, you need to meet the eligibility requirements of the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program in order to get the nomination. The specific eligibility requirements will depend on whichever program the OINP assesses you against.
You will also need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7 in French, and 6 in English. Among other eligibility criteria, the OINP will also want you to demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario.
Check if you’re eligible for the program
This enhanced PNP is for Express Entry candidates who have strong ties to Alberta, or who can support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities. During the pandemic, Alberta is only considering candidates who are already living and working in the province.
Candidates also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP only provides a list of occupations that they will not consider. Any other occupation may be considered.
On November 1, 2020, the federal government increased the number of occupations that are not eligible to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Alberta. However, candidates who received a Notification of Interest on or after November 1, 2020 can be selected through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they are working in an occupation that the federal government will not process an LMIA for.
Alberta was allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2020. However, due to COVID-19, Alberta reduced their allocation to 4,000 nominations. All of these nominations were issued by June 2020. This is why there were no draws for the second half of the year.
The number of provincial nominations allocated to Alberta for 2021 has not yet been released.