Alberta Targets Healthcare Workers in Latest Express Entry Draw

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  • September 1, 2023

Alberta has conducted a new draw through the Express Entry-linked stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, issuing 18 invitations to healthcare workers with a CRS score as low as 300.

The draw was held on August 29, 2023, and targeted candidates who had a job offer in Alberta in an eligible healthcare occupation.

This is the second draw in 2023 that has targeted healthcare workers, and the CRS score for this draw was the lowest yet.

Alberta is facing a shortage of healthcare workers, and is looking to attract skilled workers from overseas to fill these positions.

The province has an allocation of 9,750 provincial nominations for 2023, and is expected to hold more Express Entry draws in the coming months.

To qualify for consideration in the Alberta Express Entry draw, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Maintain an active Express Entry profile within the federal Express Entry pool.
  • Express a genuine interest in establishing permanent residency in Alberta.
  • Be employed in an occupation that aligns with Alberta’s economic development and diversification goals.
  • Attain a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300 points.

Moreover, certain factors can enhance a candidate’s chances of receiving a notification of interest:

  • Holding a job offer from an employer based in Alberta and/or having prior work experience in Alberta.
  • Having completed a post-secondary education program in Canada.
  • Possessing a close relative residing in Alberta, such as a parent, child, or sibling.

Conversely, there are factors that may reduce a candidate’s likelihood of receiving a notification of interest, including an expiring Express Entry profile within the next 3 months and working in an occupation that is ineligible under the program.

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