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Posted on February 13 2020

Alberta can be your pathway to Canada PR in 2020

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023
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Alberta is 1 of the 9 Canadian provinces and 2 territories that are part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

With a province or territory nominating you under the PNP, an additional 600 points will be added to your CRS [Comprehensive Ranking System] score thereby guaranteeing that you would be receiving an Invitation to Apply in the next draw to be held.

By CRS is meant the system of ranking the profiles against one another when they are in the Express Entry pool. The higher the CRS that you have, the sooner you can expect to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

Alberta is one of the Prairie Provinces – along with Manitoba and Saskatchewan – of Canada. Alberta shares its boundaries with Northwest Territories in the North, British Columbia to the west, and Saskatchewan to the east.

On June 14, 2018, Alberta introduced two new ‘streams’ or immigration pathways under AINP [Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program] – the Alberta Express Entry Stream and the Alberta Opportunity Stream.

Previously existing streams – the Alberta Strategic Recruitment Stream and the Alberta Employer-Driven Stream – were closed.

AINP streams available

Stream Name Aligned with Express Entry Job Offer required Current Status
Alberta Express Entry Yes No Open
Alberta Opportunity Stream [AOS] No Yes Open
Self-Employed Farmer No No Open

The total number of nominations that a province or territory participating in the PNP can issue in any given year is determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].

Here, we shall be reviewing only the Alberta Express Entry stream as this stream is the more commonly applied for among the 3 available streams under the AINP.

Alberta Express Entry

Under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, the province of Alberta nominates a certain number of candidates with the required qualifications from IRCC’s Express Entry System.

Do keep in mind that as the Alberta Express Entry stream is by invitation only, foreign nationals cannot apply directly to the stream. You can only apply when invited.

All profiles in the EE pool are automatically eligible for the program.

Candidates are shortlisted based on the profile information available with the Express Entry portal. Selected candidates are then sent a Notification of Interest letter by Alberta in their federal EE profile.

To receive a NOI from Alberta, you must –

Have an active EE profile in the federal EE pool
Have expressed an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta
Be working in an occupation supporting the economic diversification and development in Alberta
Have a minimum score of CRS 300

Adaptability factors can further increase your chances of getting a NOI. By “adaptability factors” are meant certain criteria that can make an immigrant more likely of being successfully established in the province.

Adaptability factors that can get you a NOI faster

Valid job offer and/or previous work experience in Alberta
Graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada
Relative [parent/child/brother/sister] living in Alberta


  • You are less likely to receive a NOI if your EE profile is to expire in 3 months or less.
  • Applications will not be processed if the position that you intend to fill comes under the List of Occupations in the high-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta. These include NOC Codes of – 0121, 0124, 0211, 0212, 0213, 0601, 1212, 1225, 2113, 2131, 2133, 2234, 2252, 7201, 7203, 7236, 7241, 7242, 7251, 7271, 7293, 7322, 7371, and certain in-house caregiver positions that have a requirement for living-in.

Once you have a Notification of Interest letter from Alberta in your federal EE profile, you will be required to get it confirmed by emailing a copy of the letter to the AINP. This email is to be sent within 2 weeks of getting the NOI. EE profile number will also have to be provided by you in the email.

The AINP will then confirm your information. Following which, you might be sent an email asking you to submit an application.

Do keep in mind that the application form for the Alberta Express Entry Stream is not available online and is provided to candidates only through email.

Alberta Opportunity Stream [AOS]

To be eligible for this stream, you must have a valid temporary resident status – that is, be a temporary foreign worker – in Canada that grants you the authorization to work in the country.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

Basic criteria for the stream include –

Farm management skills
Ability to invest minimum CAD 500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta
Be able to document their investment plans in a proposed business plan

In 2019, Alberta issued all 6,000 of its allotted certificates for the year. So far, the number of nominations to be issued in 2020 are not available. However, applications in queue shall be assessed and nominations issued accordingly. About 1,950 applications currently await assessment for eligibility.

As such, the AINP does not provide any status updates on the applications under assessment or processing.

Alberta Express Entry submissions that take longer to process

The AINP on the whole, and the Alberta Express Entry in particular, have a comparatively higher volume of applications in certain occupations, leading to such application submissions taking a longer time for processing.

These include –

NOC Code Occupation Skill Level /Type
6311 Food service supervisors B
6322 Cooks B
6211 Retail sales supervisors B
1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers B
1241 Administrative assistants B
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers 0
9462 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers C
7511 Transport truck drivers C
1221 Administrative officers B
4212 Social and community service workers B

Alberta Express Entry Stream Selection Draws

Typically, information on previous draws will be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.

Date of draw Total NOI sent CRS score of lowest ranked candidate that received NOI
January 10, 2019 337 300
January 25, 2019 81 301
February 1, 2019 168 301
February 22, 2019 130 302
March 5, 2019 473 400
March 12, 2019 462 400
March 15, 2019 106 300
March 19, 2019 271 400
March 26, 2019 370 400
April 2, 2019 356 400
April 9, 2019 172 300
April 15, 2019 179 400
April 24, 2019 133 400
May 2, 2019 119 400
May 15, 2019 197 301
June 21, 2019 262 300
July 10, 2019 180 425
July 17, 2019 251 400
July 24, 2019 220 303
July 31, 2019 319 400
August 7, 2019 35 352
August 15, 2019 121 400
August 28, 2019 294 400
September 11, 2019 339 302
September 18, 2019 139 350
September 25, 2019 374 400
October 9, 2019 115 350
October 24, 2019 372 300
October 30, 2019 29 350
November 6, 2019 148 400
December 5, 2019 132 400
January 9, 2020 150 350
January 22, 2020 201 350
January 29, 2020 150 300

AINP can be your pathway to Canada PR in 2020. For more details, get in touch with us today!

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate Overseas, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No. 1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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