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Alberta Express Entry

Alberta invites Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300

The province of Alberta has invited 262 Express Entry candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 300 to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in the June 21 draw. 

The cut-off score of 300 is significantly lower than the lowest score drawn through a federal Express Entry draw so far in 2019, which was 438.

To be eligible for the Alberta Express Entry stream, Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) also requires EE candidates to work in an occupation that supports “Alberta’s economic development and diversification priorities” among other criteria. The AINP has not listed the occupations that are eligible so far. 

A job offer or previous work in Alberta is not required to be eligible. However, the AINP may give priority to candidates who have a strong connection with the province. The following factors may improve your chance to receive a Notification of Interest letter:

1, Alberta job offer and/or work experience;

2, A graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution;

3, A relative that is living in Alberta.

A total of 3,816 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the Alberta Express Entry stream in 2019. 

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score, which can effectively assure an invitation from the Government of Canada.

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Nova Scotia PNP

Labour Market Priorities Stream of the Nova Scotia PNP will target Express Entry candidates with experience as early childhood educators

The new draw of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia is touted to issue invitations to Express Entry candidates with work experience as early childhood educators and assistants through the new Labour Market Priorities Stream. The NOC code of this stream is 4214 and is based on at least two years of experience in this labour category.


The Federal Express Entry candidates who are approved for a provincial nomination from Nova Scotia automatically score additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score and thus go very high up in the pool to get an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.


In order to be considered for a nomination under the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities stream, candidates must meet the minimum criteria laid out in the following five areas of its application guide:


• Letter of Interest from NSOI
• Additional draw-specific eligibility criteria
• Work Experience
• Settlement Funds
• Immigration Status


Express Entry candidates who are issued a Letter of Interest from the province will have to provide letters of reference from employers that meet the following requirements


• Be written on company letterhead;
• Be signed by the responsible human resources officer, supervisor, or manager;
• Show the company’s full address, telephone number, e-mail and website addresses and be stamped with the company’s official seal (if applicable); and
• Include all of the following information in one document:


  • • The specific period of your employment with the company
    • The positions you have held during the period of employment and time spent in each position
    • Your main responsibilities and duties in each position
    • Your annual salary plus benefits in each position
    • The number of hours worked per week in each position
    • Proof that your work experience meets the lead statement and the majority (at least 51%) of the main duties listed for NOC 4214 found here.


To be considered by this provincial stream of Nova Scotia (Labour Market Priorities Stream), the first step is to submit a profile to the federal government’s Express Entry system. The province will target many more sectors of employment in their future draws.


The Federal Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Classand Canadian Experience Class.


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Saskatchewan EOI

No minimum CRS threshold for Saskatchewan’s new Expression of Interest system linked to federal Express Entry

The Saskatchewan EOI Immigrant Nominee Program’s new Expression of Interest system for its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories has opened.


Before this new system came into operation, Saskatchewan had a first-come, first-served model that was used for these two International Skilled Worker sub-categories. The doors used to be shut to the many qualified applicants who couldn’t get their applications in on time.


This new system allows for the Saskatchewan province to select eligible immigration candidates already in the Federal Express Entry pool and invite them for a provincial nomination. Skilled workers who possess the specified amount of work experience in one of the provinces’ in demand occupations sub category may become eligible to receive the Provincial nomination.


The province feels that the change-over to the new EOI system will allow the SINP to target those immigrants who are most likely to find success in the Saskatchewan labour market. As the SINP says on the webpage outlining the new system, “a goal of the EOI system is to ensure strong economic outcomes and long-term retention in Saskatchewan for those invited to apply.”


Candidates who score at least 60 points on the assessment grid and satisfy other eligibility requirements enter the Saskatchewan pool of candidates for either the Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-category and those selected are invited to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws.


This new system follows other Canadian provinces that are using the merit-based EOI approach to select immigration candidates. The federal government’s Express Entry system also replaced a first come first served model in 2015 and now highest-ranked candidates are selected to apply for Permanent Residence based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).


Saskatchewan’s EOI system will also give more people an opportunity to compete for a provincial nomination through these sub-categories. These are among the few in Canada that do not require a job offer to be considered for nomination.


With this move to regularize draws instead of occasional openings, it will no longer about the lucky few who were quick enough to apply and the focus will be on skilled immigrants required by the labour market of the province.


This could also be good news for interested Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores. Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category does not have a minimum CRS score requirement, so anyone eligible for the Express Entry pool can submit an Expression of Interest. A provincial nomination is worth an additional 600 CRS points, which essentially guarantees an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to all Express Entry candidates who receive one, regardless of their initial CRS score


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canada express entry ita

June sees highest no of ITA’s being sent out

June 2018 has seen maximum no of ITA’s being sent out under the Federal Express Entry system.  This month has seen two Express Entry draws invite a total of 7,500 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This no is the highest since 2015 when Express Entry had started.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,750 Invitations to Apply, or ITAs, in each of the two all-program draws held in June, the largest invitation rounds in 2018


Under the Federal Express Entry system, candidates are assessed in three main categories, the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates receiving highest points are sent Invitation to Apply.


2018 has seen a gradual increase in the no of invitations being sent out in each subsequent draw. However contrary to expectations set out by the Immigration target of 10,00,000 immigrants by 2020, CRS scores have ranged between 440 and 451 in this year.


Larger draw sizes, and more frequent invitation rounds, can also have the effect of lowering the CRS score. In the first round of June scores went the highest. But the second draw of the month, held on June 25, saw the cut-off CRS score fall to 442.


In the case of the June 13 draw, IRCC had let three weeks elapse between all-program draws, which allowed more candidates to enter the pool and saw the CRS cut-off jump from 440 to 451.The June 25 draw occurred only 12 days later, which meant the pool had less time to replenish and contributed to the CRS scored dropping by nine points, to 442.