Alberta PNP draw CRS requirement drops to 301

On April 20, Alberta invited 200 more Express Entry applicants to apply for a provincial nomination.

Candidates were required to have a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 301. In comparison to the previous draw, the score cut-off was reduced by one point.

The eligible candidates will receive an additional 600 CRS points against their overall Express Entry score for being nominated through the Alberta Express Entry stream. Once the candidates are nominated, they are well on their way to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Alberta Express Entry stream is similar to PNP, it means it is an enhanced PNP. Therefore, it draws candidates from the Express Entry pool. To be considered for this program, you must first create a profile in the Express Entry system.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

This enhanced PNP is for Express Entry candidates with strong links to Alberta or who can help the government achieve its economic growth and diversified goals. During the pandemic, Alberta is only considering candidates who are already living and employed in the province. Candidates also need to have work experience in an eligible occupation.

The number of provincial nomination allocations for Alberta in 2021 has yet to be announced by the AINP.

Some occupations taking longer to process

In the following professions, the AINP receives a high volume of Alberta Express Entry requests, which could take longer to process. The list is as per their National Occupational Classification (NOC).

7511 – Transport truck drivers
6322 – Cooks
6311 – Food service supervisors
6211 – Retail sales supervisors
4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants
1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
1241 – Administrative assistants
1221 – Administrative officers

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