The Canadian province of Alberta invited 350 express entry candidates on January 18 in the second draw of the year. AINP (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program) offered invitations to the candidates with CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) of a minimum of 346. Invited immigration candidates will stand eligible under the Alberta Express Entry stream. The nominated candidates will be one step closer to Canadian permanent residence as the provincial nominee can apply to the federal government under the PNP. Express Entry candidates with provincial nominations get pushed to the top and are primed to receive an ITA for permanent residence.
Also at the start of the new year, the province announced its new Accelerated Tech Pathway. Eligible tech workers who qualify the criteria for the Alberta Express Entry stream may apply to get accelerated processing.
How to immigrate through the Alberta Express Entry stream?
The first and the foremost step to immigrate through the Alberta Express Entry stream is to create a profile. Express entry is the application management for the three federal High Skilled Programs: CEC (Canadian Experience Class), FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program), and FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program).
If you are eligible for Express Entry, you will get a score based on the CRS. The points will depend upon your age, education, work experience, and language ability. IRCC regularly holds Express Entry draws, inviting the highest-scoring immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence. One can easily immigrate to Canada through express entry without a provincial nomination. The Provincial Nominee Program offers an opportunity for express entry candidates with lower CRS to get 600 points as an award.
Eligibility for Alberta Express Entry Stream
If you wish to apply for the Express Entry stream, you need to have work experience. The AINP does not offer any list of eligible occupations, rather the province offers a list of occupations that are not eligible for the stream. Applicants who apply under this stream usually work as food service supervisors, truck drivers, cooks among others. Alberta’s website states that these applications take longer due to the higher number of applications.
A few factors increase the likelihood of being nominated, such as work experience, Canadian education, a job offer in the province. Having a family member (parent, child, or sibling) living in Alberta also helps