Alberta Express Entry Stream

Last updated: 14 March 2023

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The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows the province of Alberta to nominate qualified candidates from the Government of Canada's Express Entry pool. Under Alberta Express Entry Stream qualified candidates may be selected for nomination through general draws or if they highly skilled tech professionals under an Accelerated Tech pathway.

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You may get selected for the Alberta Advantage Immigrant Program, formerly known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), if you have strong ties to Alberta or if you can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities.

If you are nominated by a Canadian province, you receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, and an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry candidate pool.

International graduates who have completed their studies in a Canadian post-secondary institution may also be considered under this stream.

General Express Entry Stream Selection Criteria

You can only apply to the Alberta Express Entry stream after receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from the province. Eligible candidates will be contacted directly by the AAIP through their Express Entry profile.

Only those Express Entry candidates who receive an invitation, or NOI letter from the AAIP can submit an application for a provincial nomination under the Alberta Express Entry Stream.

The AAIP will select candidates based on the self-declared information in their Express Entry profile.

You may receive a NOI if you:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool;
  • Have stated an interest in immigrating permanently to Alberta;
  • Are working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification; and
  • Have a minimum CRS score of 300.

In addition, the AAIP is more likely to select you if you have one or more adaptability factors. You must:

  • Have a valid Alberta job offer and/or work experience; and/or
  • Be a graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution with a valid Alberta job offer; and/or
  • Have Parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta.

You must receive an email request to submit an application to apply to the program.

Factors that may decrease the chances of receiving a NOI letter include:

Accelerated Tech Pathway Selection Criteria

Applicants who are currently working or have a job offer with an Alberta-based tech industry employer in a qualifying technology occupation may be selected under the Accelerated Tech Pathway, a fast-track immigration program for technology workers from across Canada and overseas.

To be considered for this stream, Express Entry candidates must:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300;
  • Have a full-time job (minimum 30 hours per week) or job offer in Alberta with an Alberta technology employer in an occupation; 
  • Complete an online form with the AAIP providing information about their Express Entry profile and their tech job in Alberta once they determine that they meet these assessment criteria .

Once a candidate submits the online form, the AAIP then verifies that they meet the minimum eligibility criteria to apply. 

Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will receive an email from the AAIP inviting them to submit a complete application to be considered for a nomination. 

Completed applications are placed in a pool of eligible applications. These applications are then reviewed by the AAIP for provincial nomination.

NOC CodeTitle
0013Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services
0112Human resources managers
0013Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services
0112Human resources managers
0131Telecommunication carriers manager
0211Engineering managers
0212Architecture and science managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
0601Corporate sales managers
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
1121Human resources professionals
1223Human resources and recruitment officers
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2161Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2232Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
2233Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2253Drafting technologists and technicians
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
3211Medical laboratory technologists
3212Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants
3219Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
4163Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
5131Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers

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