Alberta PNP draw: Lowest CRS cut off in past year

Alberta PNP Draw
  • May 11, 2021

Alberta held an Express Entry draw to invite the candidates to apply for the provincial nomination for permanent residence on May 5 the details of which were released later.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 250 invitations to candidates who are eligible through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. The candidates were invited on the basis of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score; the minimum score for the draw dropped to 300 points.

In order to be invited in Alberta’s new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry system.

The express Entry system is used by federal government to manage the PR applications for the following three federal immigration streams:

Candidates are required to qualify in one of these immigration streams to be in an Express Entry pool and they are assessed based on the multiple factors like age, education, work experience and language ability and are ranked according to the CRS score.

The candidates who have highest ranking are invited to apply for PR through the regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points. Considering the score in recent months, the additional score ensures the receipt of invitation to apply in a subsequent Express Entry draw.


Alberta Express Entry Stream

Express Entry candidates have the opportunity to receive an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from Alberta, as well as other provinces with Express Entry-aligned PNPs. They need to have work experience in an eligible occupation. AINP provides a list of excluded occupations from the demand on the official website.

On November 1, 2020, the federal government increased the number of occupations that are not eligible to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Alberta. You can find the list for ineligible occupations for LMIA here. However, candidates who received a Notification of Interest on or after November 1, 2020 can be selected through the Alberta Express Entry Stream, even if they are working in an occupation that the federal government refuses to process an LMIA for.

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