Alberta held an Express Entry stream draw on September 14 and again on September 21. These draws followed Alberta’s September 7 draw, which saw the highest number of invitations ever issued since the program began in 2018.
The province has been issuing invitations at a remarkably high rate in recent draws. In fact, about half of all invitations sent this year were issued within the last two months. In just this month, Alberta has invited 1,335 candidates to apply for nomination.
Alberta Express Entry is an immigration stream operated under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Since it is an Express Entry aligned stream, candidates must have a valid Express Entry profile to be considered.
Once an Express Entry profile is submitted, it is ranked by the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and given a CRS score.
The AINP Express Entry stream holds regular rounds of invitations in which they send Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to select candidates in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of at least 300. Successful nominees may subsequently receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
Alberta Express Entry applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:
Alberta’s Express Entry stream releases only the score of the lowest ranking candidate invited and the number of invitations issued. Though the province does not release additional details of their draws, they have identified that the following factors may increase a candidate’s chances:
To date this year, the Alberta Express Entry stream has issued 5,342 invitations.
In 2020, AINP’s Express Entry stream invited just 1,785 candidates in total. Alberta had paused Express Entry draws in the last half of 2020 as part of their Economic Recovery Plan.
The stream resumed in January 2021 and have been issuing invitations at a high rate, with numbers closer to what was seen in pre-pandemic draws.
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