Alberta Commences Express Entry Immigration Stream -23rd October, 2017

Alberta commences Express Entry Immigration Stream
Alberta has decided to start its Express Entry Stream from January 2018. This is intended to allow the province, to use a part of its allocation, for the Provincial Nominee Program, to nominate candidates, in IRCC’s Express Entry pool.

This development helps Alberta to join the remaining provinces and have its Provincial Nominee Program stream, which is aligned with the Express Entry.

The norms and eligibility criteria for this Express Entry have not been made public so far.

The qualifying candidates, on receiving a provincial nomination, from an Express Entry-aligned stream, gain 600 extra CRS points, and also an ITA, for PR in later draws from the pool. A better provincial nomination is of extreme value to get a top ranking in the CRS.

The Immigration Level Plans have put a target of 54,000 new PRs, to be authorized through Provincial Nominee Programs, for the present year. Alberta can issue up to 5,500 nomination certificates, as decided by IRCC for 2017. When the government issues a notification for its new immigration levels (positively expected on November 1st, 2017), it is likely that the share and scope for settling are increased through Provincial Nominee Program.

The opening of an Opportunity stream not aligned with Express Entry has also been announced. It is scheduled to function from the New Year.

Christina Gray, Labour Minister has stated that Immigrants are an admired part of the present workforce and helping them to settle peacefully is very important for the well being and prosperity of the province. These changes are being taken to develop the state and will simplify the processes and decrease the waiting time. Moreover, it would make submitting an application for PR in Alberta fair to all applicants.

The population of Alberta at present is above four million and many residents prefer to live in Edmonton or Calgary.

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