The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

In Alberta, every Express Entry candidate need to attain a Ranking System (CRS) scores of 322. This is lower than the RSC score requirement in Ontario, which means more candidates are likely to qualify.

As of April 29th, the province had already sent 200 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates. Everyone who received an invitation can apply for the provincial nominations. AINP awards an additional 600 CRS points to all candidates that qualify for the provincial Express Entry. This way, they can try out for the subsequent Federal Express Entry Draw.

In Alberta, the extra CRS points allow you to apply for permanent Canadian residence as well. The Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in Canada.

Global COVID-19 Pandemic Consideration

Following the travel restrictions implemented on March 18 to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, IRCC only holds Express Entry draws for PNP recipients only. You can only try out for the Express Entry draws if you live and work in Alberta.

The requirements have been made flexible because many candidates are not in a position to submit all their documents. Alberta province understands that the service disruptions in recent months might lock out qualified candidates.

You can submit copies of your documents, and if you qualify, your file will be held for 60 calendar days.

Eligibility criteria for Alberta Express Entry Stream

Aside from creating your profile in the Federal Express Entry system, you also need work experience in a sector that supports Alberta’s economic development. This is how you qualify for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

There are special measures put in place by Albert’s administration to ensure the province manages the spread of the coronavirus. You need to meet these criteria to get nominated;

  • You have to live and work in Alberta; even if you’re working from home.
  • Ensure you have a work permit that authorizes you to be in your current job.
  • Your job needs to be full-time, and your pay should meet the provincial minimum wage.
  • Your profession should be eligible, and should not be on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligibility Occupations list.
  • If you cannot meet the licensure requirements, your application will be held for 60 calendar days, even if you were working before the coronavirus pandemic.


The Immigrant Nominee Programs in Canada successfully rolled out despite disruption by the global coronavirus pandemic. Ontario and Alberta are doing their part in ensuring Canada is economically stable during these tough times.

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