2020-01-28 – With competition high for skilled worker immigration through Canada's federal Express Entry system, candidates who do not have the required Comprehensive Ranking System scores should consider turning to provincial programs (PNPs).

CRS scores have ranged between 462 and 475 in the last 10 federal Express Entry draws. This leaves thousand with scores below 450 unsure whether or when they will receive an Invitation to Apply.

However, they may qualify through one of Canada's provincial programs, which target specific National Occupation Classification codes, or specific industries.

For example, the most recent Express Entry-focused draw through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) featured a minimum CRS of 350, more than 120 points lower than the latest federal draw minimum of 471.

Read on to find out about immigration options for skilled workers in each of Canada's provinces, as well as the opportunities offered through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

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