Like all Canadian provinces, Alberta operates its own immigration program under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). Through the AINP, the province has control over the selection of candidates who fit the labour needs of the province. Provincial nomination offers a fast and efficient pathway to permanent resident status in Canada for eligible applicants!
The Express Entry stream of the AINP is aligned with the Federal Express Entry system. This means the AINP stream picks eligible candidates directly from the Federal pool. Therefore, anyone hoping to be selected for the stream must first create an Express Entry pool. Alberta hasn’t disclosed the exact criteria that the use to select candidates, but the low-cut offs suggest that the CRS score is not the most important factor.
With a nomination from Alberta, candidates will receive an extra 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System score. These points put a profile in a very strong spot to receive an invitation to apply for permanent resident status in the next draw.
With recent Express Entry draws having an average cut-off around 450 CRS points, Alberta’s relatively low cut-offs this year are promising for those interested in living and working in Canada. This stream targets overseas skilled workers, does not demand a connection to Canada through work or study, and requires a language proficiency in English or French of just CLB level 4, making it a great option!
To meet the requirements for this stream, applicants must satisfy the language, education and work requirements of the federal Express Entry system. With an active profile in the Express Entry pool, eligible candidates are able to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Alberta, allowing the submission of an application directly to the AINP.
Alberta is one of several provinces offering nomination programs aligned with Canada’s efficient Express Entry system. With an ambitious plan to welcome more than one million newcomers to Canada in the next three years, we can expect more provinces to make it easier to meet selection criteria, and immigration quotas to continue to grow.
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