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New PNP name, programmes, and draw results for Alberta immigrants

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program has a new name, as well as two new rural and entrepreneur immigration categories.

Premier Jason Kenney of Alberta stated on February 16 that the province’s immigration department will be renamed and two new immigration programmes would be added. Alberta announced the results of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw from earlier this month two days later.

Alberta invited 400 Express Entry applicants to apply for the Alberta Express Entry stream on February 1. To be invited to submit for a provincial nomination, Express Entry candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 340. If they are nominated, their score will be increased by 600 points, and they will be eligible for an Express Entry PNP round of invitations.

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program will now be known as the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP), and the Rural Renewal Stream and the Rural Entrepreneur Stream will be the two new streams.

Three current entrepreneur streams in Alberta are also getting new names:

  • The Graduate Entrepreneur Stream has replaced the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.
  • The Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream has replaced the Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream.
  • The Farm Stream has replaced the Self-Employed Farmer Stream.

The qualifying criteria for these existing streams will not change.

Candidates who applied using Alberta’s online portal must now request a nomination extension through the platform, according to the government. If you submitted your application via the online portal and later need to request an extension, you must do so through the portal as well. You can still file a paper extension application if you submitted a paper application. The rest of the post-decision processes remain unaffected.

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