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Alberta Express Entry Stream


The Alberta Express Entry stream targets candidates within the Federal Express Entry system. The following candidates have maximum chance of being chosen by Alberta: Having experience in an in-demand occupation with an immediate family connection in Alberta; possessing a healthcare sector job offer from an Alberta employer, with necessary licensure under the Designated Healthcare Pathway (with expedited processing); holding a job offer in an eligible tech occupation from an Alberta employer within a tech industry, or having experience that meets the labour needs in key sectors such as agriculture, construction, and tourism and hospitality.

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Alberta express entry stream selection criteria

The AAIP (Alberta Express Entry Stream) chooses candidates based on the information they declare in their Express Entry profile.

You might get a Notification of Interest (NOI) if you:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal pool.
  • Express an interest in permanently moving to Alberta.
  • Work in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic growth.
  • Have a minimum CRS score of 300.


Elements that increase your chance of selection for Alberta

Your likelihood of getting a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the AAIP could go up if:

  • You have a job offer in Alberta.
  • You graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • You have a parent, child, or sibling who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Alberta.
  • French is your first language.
  • Your Express Entry profile remains valid for more than 5 months.


Accelerated Tech Pathway

For the Accelerated Tech Pathway under the Alberta Express Entry Stream, candidates must meet the Alberta Express Entry Stream minimum requirements, work full-time in Alberta or have a bona fide job offer for full-time employment based in Alberta, in an eligible tech occupation for an Alberta employer in the tech industry. The job offer must include a base wage meeting provincial and possibly LMIA requirements. Candidates must have valid immigration status if working in Alberta and the occupation in their Express Entry profile must match their Alberta employment or job offer.


Specialized Healthcare Route

  • Physicians – College of Physicians and Surgeon of Alberta (CPSA)
  • Registered Nurses (RNs) – College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) – College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NPs) – College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA)
  • Physician Assistants – College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)
  • Occupational Therapist – Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
  • Physiotherapist – College of Physiotherapist of Alberta (CPA)
  • Clinical Social Worker – Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Psychologist – College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)


Key industries or priority areas for Alberta

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality (friendliness, sociability)

If you mentioned any of these factors in your Express Entry profile when you received the NOI, your application might be evaluated based on them.


How to apply to Alberta Express Entry Stream

The AAIP exclusively accepts Alberta express entry stream applications online. Applications sent by mail will not be considered. Here are the high level process steps for the Alberta Express Entry Stream:

1) Create an express entry profile, and choose Alberta or All provinces as your intend destination.

2) Receive a Notification of Interest letter from AAIP.

3) Create an account on AAIP, to submit your PNP application to Alberta. 

4) Once your AAIP application (PNP application) is approved, you will receive a Nomination Certificate from Alberta. You must accept this nomination within 30 days to receive 600 points in Express Entry. 

5) With such a higher CRS score, you will receive an Invitation To Apply from Express Entry for your stream e.g. the Federal Skilled Worker program. 

5) Submit a PR application to IRCC within 60 days of receiving this Invitation To Apply (ITA).

6) Receive your PR!


Documents Required for Alberta Express Entry

The document checklist for the Alberta Express Entry Stream includes:

  • Valid passports for the candidate and spouse/common-law partner (if applicable).
  • All past Canadian work permits for the candidate (if applicable).
  • Language assessment(s) for the candidate and spouse/common-law partner (if applicable), with specific accepted tests and validity conditions.
  • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for the candidate’s highest education level, with specific conditions for Canadian education or Alberta Qualification Certificate holders.
  • Alberta job offer(s) or employment contract(s), detailing company letterhead, job title, salary, employment duration, working conditions, job duties, and employer and employee signatures. (If applicable)
  • Employment reference letter(s) for the candidate and spouse/common-law partner (if applicable), detailing job title, salary, employment period, weekly hours, main job duties, education, skills, work experience, and employer contact information.
  • Additional documents for candidates with Alberta relatives or applying under the Alberta Accelerated Pathway.

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I’m Rashid Ali, a Licensed Canadian Immigration Consultant, having a designation of RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant) from the College of Citizenship & Immigration Consultants of Canada or CICC (Previously known as ICCRC). CICC is the official regulator of immigration consultants in Canada. I’m also a member of the Canadian Association for Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

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