Effective June 14, 2018, Express Entry candidates looking to settle in Alberta are able to pursue a provincial nomination under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) under the new AINP Express Entry stream.
This stream will allow Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified Express Entry candidates. Candidates who obtain a provincial nomination will 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 will be 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.
Immigration authorities in Alberta first announced the Express Entry stream in October, 2017, and the stream was scheduled to begin receiving applications in January, 2018. However, in mid-December it was announced that the launch date will be postponed ‘in order for government to continue conversations with affected stakeholders.’
The latest announcement on June 14 means Alberta has now opened its first stream aligned with Express Entry, joining most other provinces who already have similar streams in place.
Another a new AINP stream, the Alberta Opportunity stream, also begins 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.