The Canadian immigration system is trying to reduce the damage inflicted by the pandemic. Draws are being held regularly by the province so as to invite more people into the country. Alberta recently hosted two draws that had CRS requirements in the 300s. The province has given 1,207 invitations to candidates in the Express Entry pool so far in 2020.
The two Alberta draws that have taken place in April till now issued a total of 320 Express Entry invitations together. The applicants who received the invitation will now be able to apply for a provincial nomination if they are looking to secure permanent residence.
Details of the draws
The AINP or the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program publicly released the details of all the provincial nominee program draws that took place between 1st April and 14th April. The first Express Entry Stream draw that was held this month in Alberta distributed invitations among 120 candidates who can now submit their applications for provincial nomination. It was not mandatory for the candidates to have a job offer in order to be eligible for an invitation. However, they needed to have their profiles registered in the federal Express Entry system and have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of minimum 381.
The CRS requirement was reduced to 353 for the draw that took place on 14th April. 200 Express Entry candidates were given invitations to apply for provincial nomination during the draw.
The CRS score is assigned to candidates on the basis of multiple human capital factors like work experience, age, educational qualifications, and language proficiency. The candidates who manage to get a provincial nomination from Alberta will have an additional 600 CRS points added to their overall score. This boost could lead to them receiving Invitations to Apply for permanent residence.