Provincial Immigration Streams for Express Entry Candidates

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Provincial Immigration Streams for Express Entry Candidates

Express Entry candidates have very high chances of being invited to apply for nomination by a Province without putting so much effort, courtesy of the immigration streams at Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario.

Through these streams, eligible candidates, who meet certain requirements, have been gotten from the Express Entry pool. They will be given a notice, stating the interest of the Province and offering them an Invitation to Apply for PR status in the particular Province.

However, the immigration streams mentioned above are passive as applicants cannot apply directly except they are selected in one of the searches.

Provinces search the Express Entry Pool through the following Provincial Immigration Streams:  Alberta – Express Entry Stream, Nova Scotia – Labour Market Priorities Stream, Ontario – Skilled Trades Stream, Skilled Workers Stream for French Speaking Applicants, Human Capital Priorities Stream.

Before an applicant is invited through any of these streams, he or she must have registered a profile in Express Entry Pool.

Mode of Operation

Different Provinces make use of different search parameters to check the Express Entry Pool for eligible candidates based on their current Labor Market needs.

The Province of Alberta

The Express Entry Stream in Alberta was introduced in 2017 and is used to search for candidates in the Express Entry pool who have reached the qualifying standards of the Province.

Some of their Eligibility Requirements include;

  1. Minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score of 300 points.
  2. Currently working in an Occupation that promotes economic growth and diversity in Alberta.

Candidates must not have an offer of employment in the Province, child or sibling residing in Alberta, or a Canadian Post-Secondary degree to be selected. However, the Immigrant Nominee Program of Alberta has mentioned that if they do, it will increase their chances of being selected. They also said that applicants whose profiles are valid for three months or less will not be considered.

Last year, a total of seven draws were held through this draw and the minimum CRS score used was 301.

The Province of Nova Scotia

The Labor Market Priorities Stream in Nova Scotia is used occasionally to check for applicants in the Express Entry pool who have experience in the fields that are facing a Labor shortage in the Province.

Also in Nova Scotia, the Nominee Program was created in August 2018 and has since carried out two searches since then.

The Province of Ontario

Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream gave out 1,493 Notifications of Interest, during its last draw on the 14th of January to Express Entry applicants with scores ranging from 448 down to 439.

This stream, however, concentrates on the Canadian Experience and the Federal Skilled Workers Classes, and the eligibility criteria do not include proficiency in French language or Job offer in Ontario, but in a few occasions, they have directed their searches to these areas. During these occasions, the Minimum CRS hit 350 points.

The other two streams in Ontario; Skilled Workers Stream for French Speaking applicants and the Skilled Trades Stream have jointly issued a total of 560 Notifications of Interest this year.

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