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Alberta to start Express Entry Immigration Stream from 2018

October 2017, 23
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Alberta has made a decision to commence its Express Entry Stream from January 2018. This is intended to permit the province, to make a proper use of its allocation for the Provincial Nominee Program, and also to nominate candidates in the Express Entry pool of IRCC.

This will go a long way to help Alberta to join the other provinces and have its own Provincial Nominee Program stream, which aligns with the Express Entry. The details of process, norms, eligibility criteria, and other information, for this Express Entry, have not been revealed presently.

The candidates, who qualify, on receiving a provincial nomination, from an Express Entry-aligned stream, will benefit from the 600 CRS points, and also receive an ITA, for PR, in subsequent draws from the pool. A better provincial nomination, adds value to get highest ranking in the CRS.

The Immigration Plans have set a target of 54,000 new Permanent Residents, who are authorized through PNP, for 2017. Alberta has availed the right to issue 5,500 nomination certificates for 2017, based on a decision from IRCC. When the government notifies its new immigration levels (expected in November 2017), it is likely that the share and extent, through Provincial Nominee Program, for settlement in the provinces, is increased.

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

Christina Gray, Labour Minister has assured that Immigrants are admired and are very important in the present workforce. Providing assistance to them to settle peacefully is vital for the well being and prosperity of the province in many ways. These changes are aimed to develop the state well across several parameters and will also simplify the processes, thereby decreasing the waiting time. It would make the applying process for PR in Alberta fair to all applicants.

The population of Alberta at present is 4.067 million based on the 2016 census and residents prefer heavily to live in the places like Edmonton or Calgary.
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