In the draw held by the province of Alberta on January 9th, a total of 150 Notification of Interests (NOIs) was issued to express entry candidates who have applied for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent resident status.
Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 350 were issued the NOIs. Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)’s Express entry stream allows the province to search for potential immigrants who can help in the economic development of the province in the federal government’s express pool.
Express entry program, a point-based immigration program, manages the pool of the immigrants who have applied for Canada PR Visa through three major skilled economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Once the profiles are submitted in the express pool, with the use of the CRS system, they are ranked according to the points that are awarded based on factors like age, language proficiency, work experience etc.
For an express entry candidate to land a provincial nomination certificate, they are awarded major 600 CRS points. These many points effectively guarantee the candidate to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for Canada PR Visa to the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
AINP’s invited express entry candidates with CRS score as low as 350 points which are significantly lower than the express entry program minimum CRS score requirement. In the latest express draw held on Jan 22nd, the CRS score cut-off is set at 471 points.
Having a job offer is not mandatory to be eligible for AINP, but some priority is given to candidate with:
Reference is taken from CIC News