The Canadian province of Alberta released details of its new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw conducted on March 26.
A total of 300 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) in this invitation round.
In order to receive an invite in this draw, candidates just needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 301.
Introduced in 2018, the Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the AINP search the federal Express Entry system for candidates who meet its specific eligibility requirements and invites them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
It also provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible Express Entry candidates with strong ties to the province or who are working in an occupation that supports the province’s “economic development and diversification priorities,” among other factors.
Candidates do not require having any job offers in the province to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination through this Stream. However, AINP generally gives priority to candidates who:
- have a job offer and/or work experience in the province;
- hold a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
- have a parent, child or sibling already living in the province
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, AINP is only considering those immigration candidates for nomination who are already living and working in Alberta.
Express Entry candidates with a nomination from Alberta, receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which effectively increase their chances to get an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draw.
Alberta has now invited more than 1000 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far in 2021.
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