Since 2018, Express Entry candidates looking to settle in Alberta have been able to pursue a provincial nomination under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) under the AINP Express Entry stream.
In the history of this PNP stream, Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 have been invited to apply for provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream.
Alberta Express Entry stream draw history
|Date of draw||Number of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sent||CRS score of lowest ranked candidate who received a NOI letter|
|Jan 9, 2020||150||350|
|Dec 5, 2019||132||400|
|Jan 10, 2019||337||300|
|Nov 6, 2018||57||302|
This stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified Express Entry candidates. Candidates who obtain a provincial nomination receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, with an invitation to apply (ITA) soon after when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducts a draw from the Express Entry pool.
Candidates are contacted directly and invited by the AINP to submit an application under the Alberta Express Entry stream. Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta and who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities will be invited to apply. International graduates will also be invited under this stream.
A provincial nomination is highly desirable by Express Entry candidates, as it’s the single most lucrative way to accumulate CRS points.
Another AINP stream, the Alberta Opportunity stream, also began accepting applications in 2018.
The moves are being welcomed as a response to tackle labour shortages in Alberta.
Alberta’s Ministry of Labour is projecting a shortage of 7,800 nurses and medical technologists, 1,400 IT staff, 1,400 construction and transportation managers, and 1,100 sales and service supervisors by 2025.