Two Alberta draws have taken place in April, where 320 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
120 candidates were invited in the first Alberta Express Entry Stream draw this month. It is not necessary for candidates to have employment offer so as to be invited, however, they must have profiles within the Express Entry pool.
Express Entry candidates also needed to possess a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of a minimum of 381. Calculation of CRS points depends upon the candidate’s human capital factors like age, work experience, educational qualifications, the official language ability and other factors.
The CRS dropped to 353 on April 14th draw, where 200 Express Entry candidates were invited for a provincial nomination from Alberta.
If the candidates receive the provincial nomination they're going to receive a further 600 CRS points added to their overall score, which can effectively guarantee that they're going to receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence during a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Express Entry draws have been inviting Canadian Experience Class candidates and candidates who received a provincial nomination, like those invited through the Alberta Express Entry Stream since Canada’s special measures came into effect on March 18th.
Alberta Express Entry Stream-Eligibility criteria
The candidates in Express Entry pool required to have work experience in an occupation that supports Alberta’s “economic development and diversification priorities” so as to be eligible for invitations through the Albert Express Entry Stream. The AINP doesn’t provide an inventory of eligible occupations.
It's not mandatory to possess employment offer to be eligible for this stream though, the AINP says it's going to give priority to candidates who meet the subsequent criteria:
• A full-time employment offer from an employer of Alberta and/or work experience in Alberta;
• Degree obtained from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a job offer; or
• A parent, child or sibling already living within the province.
This year till date Alberta has invited 1,207 Entry candidates. 6,884 invitations were issued through the Alberta Express Entry Stream in 2019. Alberta has not released the allocation of provincial nominations in 2020 yet.