New Alberta PNP draw invites 200 immigration candidates

Alberta PNP Draw
  • November 24, 2021

On November 9, Alberta issued 200 Canada immigration invitations through the Express Entry-linked stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Candidates who received at least 343 points in the Express Entry system were invited.

The latest draw is the first one of many with a higher cutoff score than 300, which is the minimum needed to be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

Alberta has now issued invitations to 6,359 Express Entry candidates since it resumed invitation rounds in January 2021. The province had temporarily halted the process in the latter months of 2020.

Those in the Express Entry pool are invited to apply for a Certificate of Nomination by the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program through regular draws. Receiving one will make your application for permanent residency much more competitive.

Alberta has a federal government nomination limit of 6,250 for 2021. It has currently issued 5,871 of those nominations. The province also has 375 Alberta Opportunity Stream applications and 800 expression of interest applications in the Alberta Express Entry pool.

Alberta says a high number of AINP applications have been received in the following occupations, meaning they may take longer to process:

  • 6311 – Food service supervisors
  • 7511 – Transport truck drivers
  • 6211 – Retail sales supervisors
  • 6322 – Cooks
  • 1241 – Administrative assistants
  • 1221 – Administrative officers
  • 9462 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers
  • 0631 – Restaurant and food service manager


Alberta Express Entry System

The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system.

Express Entry is the application management system for the three Federal High Skilled programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

This stream has 2 steps:

  • Candidates with an Express Entry profile with the Government of Canada receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from AINP in their Express Entry profile. Only candidates who receive an NOI letter may contact the AINP to advise they are interested in applying to this stream.
  • The AINP invites these candidates to apply. Candidates determine if they meet assessment criteria and submit an application. Complete applications go into a pool of eligible applications for consideration for processing.


Alberta Express Entry Stream – Eligibility

In order to be eligible to receive a notification of interest, candidates must:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool.
  • Have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta.
  • Be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification.
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300 points.

Factors that may improve a candidate’s chances of receiving notification of interest:

  • A job offer from an Albertan employer and/or work experience in Alberta.
  • Having graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • Having a relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child and/or sibling.

Factors that decrease a candidate’s chances of receiving notification of interest:


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