In the first draw of 2021, Alberta invited 50 Express Entry candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) draw, held after a gap of almost six months on January 8, targeted candidates with an active Express Entry profile and a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score of at least 406.
Canada Express Entry
The Express Entry system of Canada manages applications for immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs of the country, which are Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
To create an Express Entry profile, a candidate must prove their eligibility under any of these three programs. They are assessed on the basis of various eligibility factors such as age, education, work experience etc. and awarded a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score. Those who have received a provincial nomination will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System score points. Candidates with the CRS highest scores are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the draws that are conducted in every two weeks.
Alberta Express Entry stream
The Alberta Express Entry stream allows Express Entry candidates to receive provincial nomination from Alberta. To be eligible, Express Entry candidates must have work experience in an eligible occupation that support the economic development and diversification priorities of Alberta. Alberta has a list of ineligible occupations. Candidates with work experience in all occupations other than those featured on the list will be considered for provincial nomination.
The federal government of Canada increased the number of occupations which are not eligible for Labour Market Impact Assessment in Alberta on November 1, 2020. But those who have received a Notification of Interest on or after this date can be selected under the Alberta Express Entry stream, even if their occupation is not eligible for LMIA.
In 2020, Alberta was allocated a total of 6250 nominations. But the number was cut down to 4000 owing to COVID-19 and the province completed issuing all the 4000 nominations by June 2020. That is the reason why Alberta did not issue any nominations in the rest of the year. How many nominations will Alberta issue in 2021 is yet to be known.