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Alberta holds two PNP draws in last week of August

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Alberta has revealed details about two of its largest draws for the year.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program held its largest draw yet on August 23 with 450 invitations for Express Entry candidates. Candidates invited needed Comprehensive Ranking System scores (CRS) of at least 300.

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On August 30, Alberta hosted its largest draw since 2019, with 400 invitations for Express Entry candidates who scored at least 301.

Since January 2021, Alberta has invited 4,007 Express Entry applicants to apply for a provincial nomination. The latter months of 2020 saw a temporary hiatus. In 2021, Alberta can issue 6,250 nomination certificates.

What is the Alberta Express Entry Stream?

The Alberta Express Entry stream (PNP) is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program. This allows the provincial government search the Express Entry pool of federal candidates to find profiles of potential nominees for provincial nomination.

Express Entry is the application system for three Federal High Skilled Programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Express Entry is available if you meet the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirements. Points are awarded based on your education, work experience, age, and language proficiency in English or French.

Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada holds regular Express Entry draws, inviting high-scoring applicants to apply for permanent residence.

Although it is possible to migrate through Express Entry without a provincial nomination. However, those with lower CRS scores can opt for a PNP. Nominated provincial candidates automatically receive 600 points in addition to their overall score. The nominees from the Alberta new draw who score the lowest will receive the nomination. Their new CRS scores will increase to 901, which is more than enough for them to be invited into the next Express Entry draw.

Alberta Express Entry Stream Eligibility

You must have worked in an eligible profession to be eligible to receive the provincial nomination via the Alberta Express Entry stream. The AINP doesn’t provide a list with eligible occupations. Instead, it provides a list that excludes certain occupations from the stream.

This stream includes food service supervisors, truck drivers, cooks, and others.

Express Entry profiles should show that you are interested in moving to Alberta. Your chances of being nominated increase if you have work experience or are offered a job in Alberta. A Canadian education helps too. Your application will be supported if you have a Canadian citizen or permanent resident parent or child.

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