The province of Alberta has organized Express Entry draws regularly since the beginning of the year. During the most recent draw, Alberta issued invitations to many Express Entry candidates who will now be able to apply for a provincial nomination if they are looking to obtain Canadian permanent residence. The last four draws that were organized by the Alberta Express Entry Stream draws distributed invitations to candidates who have CRS scores even as low as 300.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has made all the details of the 18th March draw publicly available now. The draw saw 136 candidates being invited to apply for a nomination under the Alberta Express Entry Stream. All the invited candidates had already created profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. The minimum CRS score for receiving an invitation during this draw was 300. It is not compulsory for the candidates to have a job offer if they want to be eligible for getting an invitation via the Alberta Express Entry. It is, however, mandatory that they have profiles in the Express Entry pool in order to be considered.
What should the candidates do?
The candidates who were invited during the recent Alberta draw will now be able to submit an application for a provincial nomination from the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. They will hope to succeed because a nomination will earn them an additional 600 points, which will be automatically added to their overall CRS score. The new score will be valid during a later federal Express Entry draw. The extra points will give them a better chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
The Express Entry candidates should be involved in an occupation that can make significant contributions to Alberta’s diversification priorities and economic growth if they want to be eligible for an invitation. However, the AINP has not released a list of eligible professions.