A total of 3,357 invitations to apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence has been issued by Alberta in 2019 via its Express Entry-aligned immigration stream, according to information released by the province.
According to the release, Alberta has held 14 Express Entry draws so far this year leading to the issuance of 3,357 ITA to candidates with a significantly lower Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 300.
Just like other provincial nomination, 600 points are added to the CRS score of candidates who get Alberta provincial nomination hence ascertaining ITA for Canadian permanent residence.
Edmonton and Calgary, cities in Alberta, are very popular destinations amidst migrants. Any candidate that will make the nomination pool of the energy-rich province must be qualified for any of the three federal immigration programs managed by the Express Entry system. They are also required to have a profile in the Express Entry pool.
Alberta Express Entry Stream
Alberta launched its Express Entry system
last year in a bid to take advantage of the federal Express Entry pool to invite migrants who meet the province's eligibility requirements for provincial nomination. The candidates are required to have minimum CRS score of 300 and engaged in an occupation that buttresses the province's economic development and diversification priorities.
Alberta provincial nomination does not require candidates to have a job offer or previous work in the province nevertheless priority may be given to candidates with such criteria.
From the 14 draws held so far this year, three had minimum CRS score of 300 representing a significant difference in comparison to a minimum of 438 recorded in federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019.
The highest number of invitations per draw stands at 473 which were issued during March 5 draw with the lowest being 81 issued during January 25 draw.
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