Alberta Introduced A New Express Entry Stream Set To Launch In 2018

International workers who want to live and work in Alberta Canada will be able to apply for permanent resident status through two new provincial nomination streams. In the new year, the province of Alberta will introduce upgraded versions of the Alberta Opportunity Stream and the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

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Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta Opportunity Steam will combine the Employer-Driven Stream that consists of the; Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Semi-Skilled Worker Categories with the Strategic Recruitment Stream that consists of the; Compulsory and Optional Trades, Engineering Occupations and Post-Graduate Worker Categories and merge them under one set of eligibility criteria.

Alberta Express Entry Stream

New rules will allow the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) to select a limited number of candidates from the federal government’s Express Entry pool. Candidates who are nominated will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at the next Express Entry Draw.

Labor Shortages In Alberta 2018

Alberta noted a number of labor shortages in the following sectors that need to be addressed in the upcoming new year:

  • nurse supervisors and registered nurses;
  • medical technologists and technician;
  • computer and information systems professionals;
  • managers in construction and transportation; and
  • sales and service supervisors

The AINP has reached its maximum number of 5,500 nomination certificates for 2017. The applications already submitted will be processed. The maximum number of certificates may be increased in 2018 due to the federal government’s multi-year immigration plan.