Alberta issues 294 invitations to Express Entry candidates on 12 September 2019

New invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence from the province of Alberta focused on immigration applicants with a profile in Canada’s Express Entry scheme. September 12, 2019: Alberta announced on August 28 the results of the Alberta Express Entry draw. Alberta also announced that 4,115 nomination certificates have been issued in 2019 so far.


Nearly 300 Express Entry system candidates wanting to settle in Alberta received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in the latest Alberta Express Entry selection draw.

The 294 candidates selected needed a minimum 400 points under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in order to receive an invitation.

This minimum score was 38 points lower than the lowest score drawn through a federal Express Entry invitation round in 2019, which was 438 on January 30.


For the 2019 calendar year, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) may issue up to 6,000 nominations. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establishes this boundary. Approximately 1,640 applications are awaiting eligibility evaluation.


To obtain an invitation, the 294 applicants chosen required a minimum of 400 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of Express Entry. This minimum score was 38 points below the smallest score drawn in the 2019 invitation round of a federal Express Entry, which was 438 on January 30.


This was August’s second draw through its Alberta Express Entry Stream, allowing the province to search for applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria of the stream for the federal Express Entry scheme.


On August 15, a previous draw released 121 invitations to applicants with CRS scores of Express Entry as low as 400. “If you have a score that’s below those being drawn through Express Entry, there are still many other potential opportunities,”


To qualify for the Alberta Express Entry Stream, no job offer or prior work experience in Alberta is needed. Nevertheless, candidates should work in an occupation that promotes the economic development and diversification goals of the province. A list of qualified occupations is not provided by the province.


Application volumes by occupation


The AINP has a high volume of applications and Alberta Expression Entry submissions in the following occupations. These submissions may take longer to process.


6311 – Foodservice supervisors

6322 – Cooks

6211 – Retail sales supervisors

1241 – Administrative assistants

0621 – Retail and wholesale trade managers

1311 – Accounting technicians and bookkeepers

1221 – Administrative officers

0631 – Restaurant and food service managers

4212 – Social and community service workers

4214 – Early childhood educators and assistants


The AINP says it may give priority to candidates with:


  • a job offer and/or work experience in Alberta;
  • a degree from a Canadian post-secondary institution and a valid job offer; or
  • a parent, child or sibling already living in Alberta.


Express Entry applicants whose request is approved and who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 CRS points. These extra points move the recipient to the top of the Express Entry pool and efficiently ensure an invitation to apply for permanent Canadian residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw, typically once every two weeks.


Past Draws


Information on draws will typically be posted approximately one month after the date of draw.


Date of drawNumber of Notification of Interest (NOI) Letters sentCRS score of lowest-ranked candidate who received a NOI letter
July 6, 2018155302
July 26, 201867302
August 23, 201824312
September 14, 2018152301
October 10, 201847319
October 16, 201894304
November 6, 201857302
January 10, 2019337300
January 25, 201981301
February 1, 2019168301
February 22, 2019130302
March 5, 2019473400
March 12, 2019462400
March 15, 2019106300
March 19, 2019271400
March 26, 2019370400
April 2, 2019356400
April 9, 2019172300
April 15, 2019179400
April 24, 2019133400
May 2, 2019119400
May 15, 2019197301
June 21, 2019262300
July 10, 2019180425
July 17, 2019251400
July 24, 2019220303
July 31, 2019319400
August 7, 201935352
August 15, 2019121400
August 28, 2019294400


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