The province of Alberta has released its PNP draw details held on May 13, 2020. The invitations were issued to Express Entry stream.
Summary of the recent AINP draw
Draw date: May 13, 2020.
Program: Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Number of candidates invited: 191
The minimum score required to get ITA: 300
The number of invitations issued so far this year: 1,598
The number of invitations issued by Alberta Express Entry Stream in 2019: 6,884
Applicants who received Notification of Interests from Alberta, now have the chance to be nominated from the province of Alberta. Express Entry applicants nominated by a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) receive an additional 600 points for their overall score. In a subsequent federal Express Entry draw, such as the one held on May 27, provincial applicants are essentially guaranteed to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
Because the coronavirus still poses an impending public health danger, Alberta only considering applicants for a provincial nomination if they already residing and working in the province. Normally a job offer to obtain an NOI is not necessary.
Alberta provides some flexibility for PNP applicants who are unable to send all documents because of service delays arising from the pandemic. The AINP will accept copies of documents, and their file will be held for 60 calendar days if the candidate meets the requirements.
Alberta Express Entry Stream-Eligibility
The candidates need to create a profile in the Federal Express Entry System to immigrate under Alberta Express Entry Stream.
Candidates must have work experience in an eligible occupation which supports the economic development and diversification priorities of the province. But AINP doesn’t provide the list of eligible occupations. ‘Alberta’s Opportunity stream-Ineligible occupations list’ and ‘Government’s High and Low Wage occupations in Alberta’ are included in the list of ‘ineligible occupations’
The AINP now allows applicants to meet the following conditions to obtain a nomination with special steps for coronavirus in place
· Be employed in Alberta at the moment, even though they work from home;
· Have a work permit which allows them to work in their current job;
· Have a full-time, paying employment that meets the provincial minimum wage satisfies the criteria of the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and must work in an eligible occupation.
Candidates who worked full time before the coronavirus pandemic and those who work in a regulated occupation and those who are unable to meet licensing requirements will have their applications on hold for 60 days. If candidates do not have a recent history of employment in the province, their applications are not processed until further notice.