Last Updated On 30 March 2023, 10:36 AM EDT (Toronto Time)
On March 28, 2023 the Alberta PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) officially known as AAIP (Alberta Advantage Immigration Program) shared stream-wise allocation and Express Entry selection criteria for 2023.
Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establishes the maximum number of nomination certificates that the AAIP may issue.
In 2023, the AAIP will be able to award 9,750 nomination certificates, divided between Express Entry and non-Express Entry paths.
Furthermore, this allocation is officially projected to increase to more than 10,000 nomination in 2024 and 2025.
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Alberta PNP (AAIP) Processing Update
|AAIP Stream||Applications in queue||Allocations remaining||Processing time||AAIP is assessing applications received before…|
|Alberta Opportunity Stream||Approximately 1,545||Approximately 3,310 allocations||Approximately 4 months||December 28, 2022|
|Alberta Express Entry Stream – General (includes in-demand occupation with Alberta relative)||Approximately 175||Approximately 2,342 allocations||Approximately 3 months||February 19, 2023|
|Alberta Express Entry Stream – Accelerated Tech Pathway||Approximately 190||Approximately 655 allocations||Approximately 1 month||March 18, 2023|
|Rural Renewal Stream||Approximately 115||Approximately 515 allocations||Approximately 1 month||February 15, 2023|
|Stream||Expression of Interest (EOI) scoring (estimated) – from when EOI is submitted to scoring completed||Business Application decision (estimated) – from when a complete business application is received until a support letter is issued||Final report and nomination (estimated) – from when final report is submitted until a final nomination decision is issued|
|Graduate Entrepreneur Stream||1 month||5 months||4 months|
|Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream||1 month||5 months||4 months|
|Rural Entrepreneur Stream||1 month||5 months||4 months|
|AAIP Stream||Processing time (estimated average) – from when a complete application is submitted until a final decision is issued|
|Farm Stream||4 months|
Alberta PNP (AAIP) 2023 Nomination Allocations by stream
In 2023, AAIP has already issued 1,711 nomination certificates. Below is the official summary of nomination allocation this year.
Non-Express Entry Streams – 4,875 nominations
|Alberta Opportunity Stream||4,240|
|Rural Renewal Stream||630|
|All (4) Entrepreneur streams||5|
Express Entry Streams – 4,875 nominations
|Family Connection and Occupation in Demand||1,219|
|Accelerated Tech Pathway||1,219|
|Sector Priorities (that is, health care, construction, agriculture, hospitality and tourism)||2,437|
AAIP Express Entry Selection Criteria 2023
The AAIP analyses available applicants in the federal Express Entry pool on a regular basis. The AAIP chooses applicants directly from the pool based on available profile information.
Following this an invitation is sent to the selected Express Entry profiles to submit a completed application to the AAIP.
However, Express Entry profiles with eligible Tech Occupations can fill out Accelerated Tech Pathway form to be considered for the upcoming draws.
The below listed criteria will be used by the Alberta Express Entry Stream draws for 2023:
- 25% of nominations will go to Express Entry profiles in high-demand occupations/NOCs who have a close familial connection (parent, child, brother or sister) in Alberta.
- Occupations with considerable cumulative imbalance on Alberta’s Occupational Outlook and professions with ‘High’ or ‘Moderately High’ demand in the Short-Term Employment Forecast are examples of in-demand occupations.
- 50% of nominations will be provided to people with a primary vocation in the health care, construction, agricultural, hospitality and tourist sectors, with priority given to those having an Alberta job offer.
- 25% AAIP nominations are reserved for the Accelerated Tech Pathway.
AAIP Express Entry Draws 2023
|Date of draw||Number of Invitations||Draw Criteria||Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score|
|March 9, 2023||134||Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500||301|
|February 16, 2023||100||Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500||357|
|January 23, 2023||154||Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500||385|
|January 19, 2023||46||Family connection and primary occupation in demand, CRS score 300-500||324|