Minimum CRS score drops to 301 in Alberta Express Entry stream draw

In a draw held on May 15 through its Express Entry stream, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) invited 197 candidates with minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score as low as 301. A total of 197 candidates received invitations to apply for provincial nomination from Alberta to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the draw. In the previous draw held on May 2nd, the minimum CRS score required was 400. So far, AINP has conducted 15 draws through the Alberta Express Entry stream in 2019 and the minimum CRS requirement for seven of these draws ranged between 300 and 302. These scores are way too lower compared to the federal Express Entry draws held so far this year, where the lowest minimum CRS score required was 438.

Alberta Express Entry draws in 2019

Draw DateNumber of invitations IssuedLowest score invited
January 10, 2019337300
January 25, 201981301
February 1, 2019168301
February 22, 2019130302
March 5, 2019473400
March 12, 2019462400
March 15, 2019106300
March 19, 2019271400
March 26, 2019370400
April 2, 2019356400
April 9, 2019172300
April 15, 2019179400
April 24, 2019133400
May 2, 2019119400
May 15, 2019197301

Alberta Express Entry stream

Alberta Express Entry Stream, launched in 2018, allows the province to look for candidates, who meet its specific labour market requirements, in the federal Express Entry pool. The candidates selected for provincial nomination from Alberta will receive 600 additional CRS score points that would ensure them an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draw. Alberta has issued a total of 3,554 invitations to Express Entry candidates so far this year.

Application procedure

In order to be eligible to apply for provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry stream, the Express Entry candidates must have a minimum CRS score of 300. They must also be working in an occupation that supports the economic development and diversification priorities of Alberta, besides fulfilling other requirements.

Though it is not mandatory that the candidates must have a job offer or previous work experience in Alberta, the candidates who have the following advantages are prioritized by the province:

  • a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta;
  • a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • a parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.

Provincial Nominee Programs offer vast opportunities for those who wish to migrate to Canada. If you too are interested in Canada migration, get a free eligibility assessment to explore your options