Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is the Provincial Nominee Program of Alberta province. Alberta is the fourth most populous province of Canada and contributes 11.57 % of the total population of Canada. The capital city of Alberta in Edmonton, and it is the geographic center of the province and is the primary supply and service hub for Canada’s crude oil, the Athabasca oil sands, and other northern resource industries. It is also one of only two landlocked provinces in the country.
In 2013 Alberta’s per capita GDP exceeded that of the United States, Norway, or Switzerland and was the highest of any province in Canada at C$84,390. This was 56% higher than the national average of C$53,870 and more than twice that of some of the Atlantic provinces. The economy of Alberta is mainly supported by the petroleum industry, agriculture, and technology.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
Alberta is looking for immigrants with the skills and work experience that is required by the local labor market as it is facing a shortage of capable individuals. To fill this gap of skilled labor, the provincial government of Alberta has a special agreement with the Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that allows them to nominate the skilled and capable immigrants for permanent residency in the province. This immigration pathway is known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).
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Through Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP), the province is able to target immigrants that are in high demand throughout the province and fill the shortage of skilled labor with immigrants that have the training and experience needed. This program allows prospective immigrants with the right mix of experience and skills to get an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate.
Categories in the Alberta PNP
There are 3 streams under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). One stream is aligned with the federal express entry stream, another stream is started for people who are already working in the province and the third stream for the self-employed farmers who want to settle in Alberta province. Alberta PNP is mainly divided into three main immigration streams. Here is a brief overview of all three streams.
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Alberta Express Entry Stream
This stream enables AINP to invites, potential candidates from the federal express entry pool to meet the growing demand of the job market. AINP conducts regular draws and select candidates from express entry pool who meet AINP requirements. AINP never discloses the in-demand occupation list and invites candidates from a variety of NOC, which keep on changes as per the requirement of job market. This is the only AINP stream that is aligned with the express entry stream. Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned stream receive 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points and an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool.
Minimum eligibility requirements :
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- 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.
- Learn more about Alberta Express Entry Stream.
- Learn more about Alberta Express Entry stream Draw Trend.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
This stream applies to the candidates who have a job offer in eligible occupation and meet the other requirements related to education, work experience and language score. Alberta Opportunity stream has replaced AINP’s Strategic Recruitment and Employer-Driven streams from June 14, 2018.
Minimum eligibility requirements
- A language score of CLB 4 for NOC Level C or D, CLB 5 for NOC level 0, A or B, either in English or french.
- Minimum of 12 months of full-time work experience in Alberta within the last 18 months; or minimum 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada and/or outside Canada within the last 30 months
- A continuous, paid, full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta.
- Canadian high school diploma or equivalent.
- The occupation should be from Alberta eligible occupation list.
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Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
This stream of AINP’s is to allow the immigrants with farming experience and personal funds to purchase and develop a farm in the province to apply for permanent residence. Candidates need to prove that they have sufficient experience of operating an agriculture farm and have a minimum net worth of at least $500,000 CAD. or that they have access to these funds from other sources. Candidates whose application will be successfully processed will be able to live in the province in order to purchase and manage their farming business.
There are 3 programs under Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. One is aligned with online express entry system while other two are offline process.
Under Alberta PNP Express Entry stream, you are not required to have a job offer.
Here is the list of some High Demand Occupations in Alberta.
1.Early childhood educators and assistants
2.Transport truck drivers
4.Home building and renovation managers
7.General office support workers
8.Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
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