Alberta Provincial Nominee Program

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Alberta has its immigration program called Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP). This is an immigration program operated on behalf of the Government of Alberta by the Ministry of Employment and Immigration in conjunction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to expedite the processing of an application for permanent residence. The AINP is designed to support Alberta’s economic growth by attracting labour-market-destined immigrants to the province.

Applicants nominated by the Province of Alberta, together with their spouse and dependent children, are eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC expedites permanent resident applications from Provincial Nominees and makes final decisions on the permanent resident applications.

There are four categories in this program broadly; Employer-Driven stream, Strategic Recruitment Stream and Self-Employed Farmer Stream. With the rapid economic growth of Alberta Province, the number of applications for Employer-Driven Stream has been increasing remarkably.

 

Employer-Driven Stream

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Employer-Driven Stream is designed to meet the needs of Alberta employers who are unable to fill permanent positions with Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. This stream helps candidates gain permanent residency and helps employers gain and retain needed workers.

There are three categories under this stream.

  1. Skilled worker category
  2. International graduate category
  3. Semi-skilled worker category (only applies to select occupations in specific industries)

Employers unable to fill skilled or select semi-skilled positions with Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may present their business case to the AINP and apply for approval to recruit and/or retain foreign candidates to fill these positions. These positions must be permanent and full-time, must meet provincial employment and wage standards, and must not conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements.

The candidate identified by the employer is required to apply for a provincial nomination. The candidate must have accepted a permanent and full-time position with the employer and must meet the required education, accreditation, licenses, training and experience relevant to the occupation.

Skilled workers

The Skilled Worker Category of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is intended for skilled occupations for which formal education and/or specialized training is required. The National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code defines these occupations as Skill Level 0, A or B.

In order to apply for this category, you need to have at least one of eligible occupations with education or training background.

Many occupations in Alberta require an individual to be a registered member with the related association/institute/board. For example, physicians must be registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Thus, you need to ensure that the applicable membership or registration is obtained prior to submitting an application to the AINP.

In addition, some occupations have its specific requirements. Examples of these occupations are below;

  • Chefs
  • Cooks (level 1)
  • Line cooks (level 2)
  • Early childhood educators and day care workers
  • Managers/Supervisors in the Retail, Fast Food and Service Industries

To find out if you are eligible, please apply for our consultation now.

International graduates

The International Graduate category of the AINP is intended for skilled occupations for which formal education and/or specialized training in the intended occupation is undertaken. These occupations are defined as Skill Level 0, A, or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code.

Criteria for AINP Candidates under the International Graduate Category (includes but is not limited to):

  • If education is completed in Alberta the international graduate must have obtained a diploma, degree, or have completed a graduate level program from a publicly funded community college, trade/technical school or university, or at a private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.
  • AINP approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institutions.
  • If education is completed from outside of Alberta, but from within Canada the international graduate must have obtained a diploma, degree, graduate level program from a publicly funded community college, trade/technical school or university.
  • The educational program must have been a minimum of two years in duration at the undergraduate level or a minimum of one year at the graduate level.
  • The international graduate must have secured permanent full-time employment with an Alberta employer.
  • The international graduate must be employed with that employer on a post-graduate work permit for a minimum of six months in a skilled occupation related to their field of study prior to applying to the AINP.

Semi-skilled workers
This category is for an employer’s business case for selected occupations defined as National Occupation Classification (NOC) C and D occupations as below;

  • Food and beverage processing industry
  • Hotel and lodging industry
    • Food and beverage servers and room attendants
    • Front desk agents and clerks
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Trucking industry
  • Foodservices industry (pilot project)

Detailed information as regards Semi-skilled workers’ occupations are following:

Food and beverage processing industry

  • Bakery Production Worker
  • Food and Beverage Production Worker
  • Food and Beverage Processing Equipment Cleaner
  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters
  • Poultry Production Worker

Hotel and lodging industry

  • Food and Beverage Servers
  • Room Attendants
  • Front Desk Agent/Clerk

Manufacturing industry

  • NOC C occupations

Trucking industry

  • Long Haul Truck Driver

Foodservices industry (pilot project)

  • Food and Beverage Servers
  • Food Counter Attendants
  • Kitchen Helpers

Each occupation has its requirements of employers and candidates. If you want to assess your eligibility, please, apply for our consultation.

 

Strategic Recruitment Stream

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Strategic Recruitment Stream is designed to enable skilled foreign nationals working in occupations in high demand in Alberta to apply directly to the AINP without an application from an Alberta employer.

There are three categories under this stream.

  1. Compulsory Trades Category
  2. Engineering Occupations Category
  3. U.S. Visa Holder Category

There are specific criteria for each category that Candidates must ensure they meet prior to applying to the AINP. If you want to assess your eligibility, apply for our consultation now.

To find out if you are eligible to assist a family member in immigrating to Alberta, or to immigrate to Alberta through the AINP Family Stream, please apply for our consultation now.

 

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

This category is designed to assist farm owner/operators with proven management skills and significant financial resources, to develop a sustainable growth orientated farming business in Alberta/Canada. Under this Program, farm owner/operators who intend to immigrate, purchase and manage a farming business in Alberta can be nominated by Alberta Province. To find out if you are eligible for this program, please apply for our consultation now.