Effective June 14, 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 new AINP Express Entry stream.
Six months later, in December, 2018, Alberta immigration authorities revealed that seven draws have taken place between July and December, with 596 Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters issued and some candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 301 having received a NOI Letter.
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 a new 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.