The second draw from Alberta in January doubles the invitations and eliminates the CRS requirement.
After months of inaction, details of the second draw, held in January, have now been published by Alberta.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) released 100 invitations on January 28 for Express Entry applicants with a rating of at least 360 on the Detailed Ranking List (CRS). Now, under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, these invited candidates will apply for a provincial nomination.
Through this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the first step to applying for a provincial nomination is to join the Express Entry system.
For the three Federal High Skilled immigration routes, which include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class, Express Entry is Canada’s application management framework.
A score based on the CRS is granted to qualified immigration candidates. Points are given for variables that the government has decided would assist a prospective immigrant to succeed in the labor market of Canada. These variables include the age of an applicant, schooling, work experience, English or French language skill, and others.
Canada’s immigration service, IRCC, conducts Express Entry draws almost every two weeks, inviting applicants to apply for immigration. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residency is obtained by the highest-scoring candidates. If they are accepted, they obtain a Permanent Residence Confirmation and make their landing in Canada their final move.
If the provincial nomination is received by the candidates who have received an invitation from Alberta, they will get an automatic 600 CRS points added to their ranking. Given that most Express Entry drawings have minimum CRS cutoffs in the 400s, the additional points effectively guarantee that in a subsequent Express Entry invitation round, provincial nominees will receive an ITA.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
Express Entry applicants have the ability to obtain an invitation from Alberta as well as other provinces with Express Entry-aligned PNPs to apply for a provincial nomination. In a qualifying profession that promotes the economic growth and diversification goals of the province, they must have work experience.
A list of professions that they won’t accept is given by the AINP. It might be necessary to accept some other profession.
The federal government expanded the number of occupations not qualified to qualify for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Alberta on November 1, 2020. Applicants who have obtained a Notice of Interest on or after November 1, 2020 will, however, be selected via the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they are employed by the federal government in an occupation.
In 2020, Alberta was granted permission to issue 6,250 nomination certificates. However, Alberta limited their allocation to 4,000 nominations due to COVID-19. By June 2020, all these nominations had been released. This is why for the second half of the year there were no draws.
The number of provincial nominations for 2021 given to Alberta has not yet been disclosed.