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Alberta Launches Express Entry Immigration Stream

October 2017, 21
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Alberta is all set to start its Express Entry Stream from January 2018. This will permit the province to use a part of its allocation for the Provincial Nominee Program to nominate candidates in IRCC’s Express Entry pool.

With this welcoming development, Alberta will join other provinces and have a Provincial Nominee Program stream which is aligned to the Express Entry.

For the present, the eligibility criteria for its Express Entry have not been disclosed in public.

The qualifying candidates receiving a provincial nomination through such an Express Entry-aligned stream stand to gain 600 additional CRS points and also an ITA for PR in an ensuing draw from the pool. An improved provincial nomination is valuable in getting a top ranking in the CRS.

A target of 54,000 new PRs, to be allowed through Provincial Nominee Programs, has been put in place, for the present year under the Immigration Level Plans. Alberta can issue up to 5,500 nomination certificates, as per the decision of IRCC for this year. When the government announces its new immigration levels (expected on November 1st, 2017), there is a likelihood that the scope for settlement through PNPs, is increased.

There is another development in the form of an Opportunity stream presently not aligned with Express Entry has been announced. It is scheduled to be operated from the New Year. Christina Gray, Labour Minister said that Immigrants are an esteemed part of the workforce and any help given to them to settle successfully is vital for the prosperity of this province. The proposed changes will go a long way to simplify the processes and decrease the waiting time. Moreover, it would make applying for permanent residency in Alberta fair to all applicants in all the spheres. Presently the population of Alberta is above four million and a large share of the residents live in Edmonton or Calgary.

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