Candidates who are successfully nominated through the Alberta Express Entry stream will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.
This stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration system. In order to be eligible for the stream, a candidate must have an active profile in one of the following three Express Entry programs:
The program is by invitation only and foreign nationals cannot apply to the program directly. All candidates in the Express Entry pool are automatically considered for the program when they submit their Express Entry profile. The province will send a notification directly to the Express Entry accounts of those candidates it invites to apply.
While the exact selection criteria is unknown, AINP states that it will seek candidates who demonstrate strong ties to Alberta and who can support regional economic development and diversification.
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Express Entry Profile
Alberta Express Entry is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. In order to be considered, candidates must have an active Express Entry profile in either Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades (FST) programs:
All candidates must demonstrate language proficiency in English or French consistent with the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) for their program. A CLB 7 test score is required for Federal Skilled Worker and Canadian Experience Class candidates. A CLB 4 test score is required for Federal Skilled Trades candidates.
The Alberta Express Entry stream operates on an invitation only basis. To apply to the stream, candidates who meet the minimum eligibility requirements must create an Express Entry profile. They must then wait to be issued a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the province of Alberta.
Note that simply meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that a candidate will receive an invitation from Alberta. The province of Alberta reviews Express Entry profiles and contacts only those candidates the province may be interested in nominating. Only candidates who are contacted by Alberta are eligible to submit an application to the AINP for provincial nomination.
Once a candidate receives an NOI, they will be given a strict deadline for submitting a complete application to AINP.
If the province approves the application, Alberta will notify the applicant they have been selected for provincial nomination. This notification will be sent to the applicant’s IRCC online account. After accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s CRS score will increase by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.
After receiving an ITA, the applicant must prepare and submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence within the designated timeframe. Applications for permanent residence submitted through Express Entry are generally processed within six months.
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