The government of Alberta issued Notification of Interest to Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores that start at 400 last July 17, 2019. Then after a week, they had sent out 220 NOI to candidates with a score as low as 303.

Notifications of Interest (NOI) were disseminated as part of Alberta Express Entry Stream division through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) that can find the federal Express Entry system for the eligible candidates and invite them to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence.

To be eligible through Alberta Express Entry Stream and Express Entry Provincial Nominee Programs, the applicant must create an Express Entry profile. There is no required job offer or previous work experience in Alberta to be eligible for Alberta Express Entry Stream, however applicants should be working that supports the province’s diversification and economic development priorities.

The applicants must also have an Express Entry CRS score of at least 300.

The AINP focuses more to those candidates with:

  • Job offer and/or work experience in Alberta;
  • A degree, diploma or certificate from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • A parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.

Few factors that might decrease a candidate’s possibility of receiving an invitation from Alberta are as follows:

  • The Express Entry dates is within three months of the draw
  • Some occupations are listed in the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupation list

Alberta’s Express Entry stream draw candidates with much lower CRS Scores than those drawn in Federal Express Entry draws. Alberta has selected Express Entry candidates that CRS Scores as low as 300  through Alberta Express Entry Stream on four occasions in 2019. And those Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination will receive an additional 600 CRS points, and will effectively received an assurance of Invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from the Government of Canada.