Alberta has released the score requirements and the number of candidates of the latest two Express Entry draws.
On January 22, 2020, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited a total of 201 candidates to apply for the provincial nomination for permanent residence. The minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score that was required in order to be invited was 350.
A week later, on January 29, Alberta issued 150 invitations to Express Entry candidates with minimum CRS score 300.
The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program to select eligible candidates having a profile in the federal Express Entry System, which manages the pool of candidates for the three Canadian immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates who have received a provincial nomination from Alberta will receive 600 additional points towards their overall CRS score, which would effectively guarantee an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
One of the very important advantages of Alberta Express Entry Stream is that it provides Express Entry candidates having a lower CRS score an opportunity to get Canadian permanent residence.
For instance, the latest Feb 5 federal Express Entry draw had a CRS requirement of 472 which is way more than the CRS requirement in the recent two Alberta draws which is 350 and 300 respectively.
For a candidate to be eligible in the Alberta Express Entry system, he/she needs to be working in an occupation that supports the economic development and diversification priorities of the province.
In the month of January alone, Alberta invited a total of 501 Express Entry candidates.
For more information about getting invitations through AINP, feel free to get in touch with us.