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The Alberta Express Entry Program Now Includes Family Members as Eligibility Requirements

The recent update in Canada immigration’s Express Entry system, i.e., the perks of having relatives in the province of Alberta, was added to the Alberta Express Entry stream’s candidate selection criteria by the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP). Furthermore, it serves as Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program, as announced on January 18, 2023. (Managed under the AAIP).

As a result, candidates in the federal Express Entry pool who are classified as having immediate family members (parent, child, brother, or sister who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents) in the province will now be required to meet additional selection factor criteria. 

Additionally, this may increase the likelihood that applicants will receive an Alberta Express Entry Notification of Interest (NOI). As well as an invitation to submit an application for permanent residence. It should be noted that the data applicants determine eligibility included in their federal Express Entry profile.

The province of Alberta believes that these close relationships with immediate relatives are essential for newcomers to integrate successfully into the province. Notably, none of the selection criteria for any of the streams under the AAIP have changed. 

This program update is solely focused on the Alberta province. It only adds this selection criterion without affecting the other selection factors like having a job offer from a company in Alberta or being a graduate of an Albertan post-secondary institution, and so on. 

“This is not a family reunification plan,” said RajanSawhney, Alberta’s Minister of Trade, Immigration, and Multiculturalism. The Alberta Express Entry stream has now the potential to allocate 25% of its NOIs to individuals with immediate family ties in Alberta. As well as experience in in-demand occupations for which the province is looking for workers.

Employers in Alberta can get assistance from the AAIP in addressing the labor shortage. The province experienced a rapid growth in the previous month alone. It generated about 41,000 new employees in December 2022, with the majority of them in the private sector. 

Statistically, there are currently close to 100,000 open positions in Alberta. It is anticipated that there will be over 33,000 unfilled positions across various industries and occupations by the year 2025. These are the main justifications for the need to bring in more immigrants to the province.

What all are under the Alberta Express Entry Stream?

This program now has eight streams, which can be broadly classified into worker streams and entrepreneur streams. On a side note, the AAIP is Alberta’s official government immigration program for luring foreign immigrants to the province. 

The three Alberta Express Entry streams that help in availing AAIP are

  • the Rural Renewal stream, 
  • the Alberta Opportunity Stream, and 
  • the Alberta Accelerated Tech Pathway (AATP).

Candidates must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for the Alberta Express Entry stream: 

  • Maintain an active profile in the federal Express Entry pool (preferably with a validity of at least five months);
  • Possess a declared desire to settle permanently in Alberta;
  • a CRS score of at least 300.
  • A valid job offer and/or Albertan work experience have a better chance of being invited to apply.
  • Have a citizen or permanent resident parent, child, brother, or sister currently residing in Alberta.

Candidates must:

  • Submit a profile to the federal express entry pool in order to be considered. If chosen and given an NOI 
  • Email a copy of the document to the AAIP and state that they want to apply.

The candidates will be sent an email inviting them to apply to the program if the AAIP decides that they match the basic eligibility requirements. 

The applicants will gain an additional 600 CRS points in the federal pool after submitting an application that functions as an enhanced provincial nomination. The pool of eligible applicants will further get filled with various complete applications for processing.

Minister Sawhney concluded the announcement by saying, “The Alberta Express Entry stream adjustments announced today is one of the numerous efforts our government will be taking to guarantee that Alberta gets the qualified and experienced individuals it needs.

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