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Nisha Uppal

June 22, 2021

Alberta has now invited 2,284 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in 2021.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) released details of its latest draw today. Invited candidates may be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream.

In order to be invited, candidates needed a profile in the Express Entry System with a score of at least 300. It is the second time this month that the province issues invitations with the same minimum score requirement. The previous draw was held on June 5.

Alberta has now invited 2,284 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination since it resumed invitation rounds in January 2021 after a temporary COVID-related hiatus.

Besides not issuing invitations during several months of the pandemic, the province was also only inviting candidates who were already in the province to apply. A spokesperson for the Alberta government confirmed to CIC News that the AINP has now removed the temporary criteria adjustments made to the Alberta Express Entry Stream in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“In addition to candidates living and working in Alberta, candidates may be selected and nominated if they have an Alberta job offer or have experience in an occupation that will contribute to economic development and diversification in our province,” Joseph Dow press secretary to the minister of labour and immigration wrote in an email.

“Immigration continues to be a central part of Alberta’s economic and social development, particularly as we recover from the pandemic and global recession. Alberta’s government recognizes the importance of attracting skilled and talented professionals to support job creation and grow Alberta’s economy.”
This enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows the provincial government to search the federal government’s Express Entry pool of candidates for profiles of people who may be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream.

The first step is to create a profile in the Express Entry system.

In order to be eligible for the provincial nomination through the Alberta Express Entry stream, you need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations, rather it offers a list of occupations that are not eligible for the stream.

Many who apply under this stream work as food service supervisors, transport truck driver, and cooks among others.

Your Express Entry profile should indicate that you have an interest in moving to Alberta. Certain factors increase your likelihood of being nominated, like having work experience, or a job offer in Alberta. A Canadian education also helps. It also helps your application if you have a parent, child, or sibling who is a permanent resident or citizen in Alberta.

The point of this particular PNP is to support the province’s economic development and diversification priorities.

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