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Alberta PNP: CRS drops to 300 in the latest AINP draw

Alberta PNP: CRS drops to 300 in the latest AINP draw

The province of Alberta in Canada has announced the details of the latest round of invitations held under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

On June 5, 2021, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program [AINP], commonly referred to as Alberta PNP, invited a total of 191 Canadian immigration hopefuls to apply for an AINP nomination for Canada PR.

The previous AINP draw was held on May 18, 2021.

An Overview of June 5 AINP draw
Number of Invitations Issued Ranking score of the lowest-ranked federal Express Entry candidate invited
191 CRS 300

Note. CRS: Comprehensive Ranking System, used for ranking profiles in the Express Entry pool of the federal government of Canada.

CRS scores are allotted out of a maximum of 1,200 points. A PNP nomination in itself is worth 600 CRS points.

Those successful in securing a nomination would then be required to apply for Canada PR to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].

Invitations issued by the AINP are also referred to as Notification of Interest [NOI] Letters.

With the latest draw, Alberta PNP continues with the trend of inviting candidates in the CRS 300 to CRS 400 range. The highest CRS requirement in 2021 so far was that of CRS 406 in January 8 AINP draw.

Of the total 11 AINP draws held so far in 2021, while 2 have had a CRS 300 requirement, another 5 AINP draws have had a CRS 301 cut-off.

For the Alberta Express Entry Stream, the AINP regularly reviews the candidates available in the IRCC Express Entry pool.

Candidates are therein selected based on the available profile information submitted by the candidate.

Selected candidates are invited to submit a completed application to the AINP.

 Alberta Express Entry Stream – Selection Process

Under the Stream, the AINP selects candidates from the IRCC Express Entry pool of candidates.

A federal Entry candidate might receive an AINP invitation if they –

  1. have an active IRCC Express Entry profile,
  2. have a minimum CRS score of 300,
  3. are working in an occupation supporting the economic development and diversification of Alberta, and
  4. have stated an interest in settling within Alberta as a permanent resident.

Certain factors – such as, Alberta job offer or child/parent living in Alberta as a citizen/PR of Canada etc. – increase the chances of a federal Express Entry candidate being considered by the AINP for the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

With the latest provincial draw by Alberta, a total of 2,100 Canada immigration hopefuls have been invited to apply for an AINP nomination in the 11 draws held so far in 2021.

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