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Alberta Invites Candidates With CRS As Low As 300 In March Draw

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP held its latest Express Entry-linked provincial nominee program draw on March 4. A total of 100 candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry pool who CRS scores as low as 300 were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates who received Notifications of Interest, which is the official name for invitations issued through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, did not need a job offer to be invited. However, they did need to have profiles in the Federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry manages applications for three of Canada’s main economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates who are eligible for Express Entry are ranked on human capital factors such as work experience, education, official language proficiency, and age. They are then given a CRS score.

The AINP does not provide a list of eligible occupations.

While it is not necessary to have a job offer to be eligible for this stream, the AINP says it may give priority to candidates who meet the following three criteria:

  • 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 the province.

So far this year, Alberta has issued 751 invitations to Express Entry candidates. In 2019, Alberta issued a total of 11,137 invitations through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

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