Canadian provinces are inviting more skilled immigrants in 2021 to compensate for the stagnant months in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) organized the first of the two draws on September 14. The aftereffects of the pandemic are still lurking, and the provinces want new immigrants to rejuvenate the economy.
Alberta ended September on a high note with two separate invitations rounds targeting candidates in the Express Entry pool. The Alberta Express Entry stream works as an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Details of the draws
A total of 385 eligible candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination. While a nomination is not compulsory for candidates to have a shot at securing permanent residence in Canada, it improves a candidate’s standing in the race significantly.
Provincial nominees automatically receive 600 extra CRS points, which increases their chances of being selected for an invitation to apply for permanent residence. The candidates required a minimum CRS score of 300 to be eligible for an invitation in the September 14 draw.
Fast forward to September 21, the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program held another round of invitations for Express Entry candidates, and the CRS cutoff of 300 remained unchanged. A total of 450 eligible candidates received invitations in this draw and they can now apply for a provincial nomination.
The low-scoring candidates invited in these two draws will have their CRS score become 900+ if they manage to secure the provincial nomination. They will have a higher chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.
Alberta will issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2021.