Express Entry Stream

Express Entry Stream


The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system.

Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta or who can help support the government’s economic development                                                                                                                                                                                           

Only candidates who are asked to submit an application to the Alberta Express Entry Stream will be considered.

Selection from Express Entry pool and Notification of Interest process                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Based on available profile information in the Express Entry portal, Alberta may select candidates and send them a Notification of Interest letter in their federal Express Entry profile. This information is self-declared by candidates in the Express Entry pool.

You may receive a Notification of Interest letter 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 Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.
  • If you have one or more of the following adaptability factors, this may increase your likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:
  • Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • A graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • A relative that is living in Alberta: parent, child, brother and/or sister

If you meet one or more of the following factors, this may decrease your likelihood of receiving a Notification of Interest letter:

Your Express Entry profile expires in 3 months or less

You are working in an occupation:

On the list of High-wage and low-wage occupations in the province of Alberta set out on the online Government of Canada Refusal to Process a Labour Market Impact Assessment list

On the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupations list, located on this page under the Alberta Opportunity Stream section

That has a high volume of submissions across all AINP streams

If you receive a Notification of Interest letter from Alberta, you must email a copy of the letter to the AINP at [email protected] within two weeks of receiving it in your federal Express Entry profile.

You must also provide your Express Entry profile number and status information about current and past AINP applications/nominations (if applicable).

The AINP will confirm your information and may send you an email requesting you to submit an application, including a form to fill out and a document checklist listing all required documents. There is no fee to submit an application.

There is no guarantee that if you meet the selection requirements you will receive a Notification of Interest letter or be asked to submit an application. Notification of Interest letters and requests to submit an application are affected by the volume of potential candidates meeting these requirements, the type (occupation/sector) of submissions in AINP processing queues and the number of available nominations.

Your Alberta Express Entry Stream application will not be accepted for processing if:

You have an active nomination which has not expired and/or is eligible for extension under another AINP stream. Candidates are only eligible for one AINP Nomination Certificate.

You have been issued a letter on a previous AINP application that stated you are not eligible to re-apply to the AINP for a specified period of time. If you submit an application during the specified period, it will be declined. It is recommended you keep your Express Entry profile up to date so that you remain eligible for consideration under the Alberta Express Entry Stream in the future.