I think Alberta came out with this program in March-April. I applied May 1 for pre-assessment and I received the confirmation the same day too. They said it will take 30 days for pre-assessment and then they will send me an invitation to apply for the PNP which requires additional 60 days. Then once you are issued a PNP certificate you may apply to CIC within 180 days which can take anywhere from 6-12 months for processing visa
Here is my take its a 3 Step Process.....
Its June 19 and almost 50 days just for pre-assessment and no word from Alberta yet they say 30 days but apparently not. Then you have the apply for the regular PNP another 60 days as they say, once you get that another 6-12 months for visa processing, medical etc with CIC. I will consider it 200 Average days as per trackitt cases. In between these process allow 10 days for gathering and sending the required paperwork for each step. This is what I say as far the time line goes.
Pre-Assessment (60)+ Misc (10) + PNP Cert. (60) + Misc (10) + CIC (200)= 340 days. If you are lucky
LITTLE MORE THAN 11 MONTHS............ALMOST AN YEAR!!!!!
Personally I think BC is much faster they require 2-3 weeks for issuing PNP certificate. I think so many people must have applied under this stream that Alberta is getting back logged. Keep in mind even though H1-b does not require a job, CIC will be very tough and stringent about meeting the fund requirements.
Will keep you guys posted about my Pre-Assessment if and when it comes.........