How does Alberta Express Entry System Work?
As an Express Entry system applicant, you will receive an invitation from Alberta and other provinces to apply for a provincial nomination. During the pandemic, Alberta is only considering candidates who are already living and working in the state.
You also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation that supports the province’s economic development and diversification priorities.
Occupations as per LMIA
The AINP provides a list of occupations that may be considered for deciding the eligibility of applicants.
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. If you have received a Notification of Interest on or after November 1, 2020, you can be selected through the Alberta Express Entry Stream. It is possible even if you are working in an occupation for which the federal government will not process an LMIA.
Alberta was allowed to issue 6,250 nomination certificates in 2020. However, due to COVID-19, Alberta reduced the allocation to 4,000 nominations issued by June 2020. So there were no draws for the second half of the year.
The estimated number of provincial nominations allocated to Alberta for 2021 has not yet been disclosed, but hopefully, you may get positive news soon.