Alberta is one of the three Prairie provinces of Canada, located in the western part of the country. The Canadian province of Alberta is famous for its geography including, extensive farming and cattle ranching areas, the Rocky Mountains, coniferous forests, rich mineral deposits, and more than 600 lakes.
Edmonton, the capital city of the province, is the focal point for Canada’s crude oil trade. The economy of the province is based on the oil and gas industry, followed by agriculture, forestry, and tourism.
The province welcomes newcomers to apply for permanent residency in Canada through the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP). The AINP PNP targets potential immigrants with relevant skills and experience in demand in the province. Successful applicants obtain an Alberta Provincial Nomination Certificate, and then they can apply for permanent resident status with the Canadian government.
Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program has three major immigration streams to invite applications for permanent residence in the province. Make Home Canada has mentioned all these streams below with a brief so that you can determine if the AINP is the right pathway for you for Canadian immigration.
- Alberta Opportunity Stream
- Alberta Express Entry Stream
- Self-Employed Farmer Stream
NOTE: The Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream were terminated, with effect from June 14, 2018.
Alberta Opportunity Stream
Under this stream, applicants include foreign nationals who are already working in the province and international students who have completed their graduation at an eligible post-secondary institution in the province and are working in Alberta on a post-graduation work permit.
NOTE: International graduates applying under this stream must have at least six months of work experience in Alberta in a job matching their field of study and have to meet minimum language requirements.
Also, an international student who has completed his studies from any other Canadian province or territory will not be eligible for the AINP as a post-graduation work permit holder.
To qualify for this stream, a candidate must:
1. Have a valid temporary resident status that allows him to stay and work in Canada;
- Residency status to be considered ineligible under this stream include:
- Temporary residents living and working in other provinces of Canada;
- Foreign nationals living and working in Canada without a valid temporary resident status; or
- Refugee claimants or individuals indulged in any federal appeal or removal process.
2. Have a valid work permit for an eligible occupation, verified under;
- A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA);
- An LMIA exemption for applicants with a Post-Graduation Work Permit; or
- An LMIA exemption for workers covered under Intra-Company Transferees, International trade agreements, or individuals participating in International Experience Canada, as verified by IRCC.
3. Have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 5 in English or French in all four abilities (for candidates with jobs classified under NOC codes 0, A, and B).
- Candidates applying under NOC code 3413, that is, Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates, require a minimum of CLB 7 in English or French.
4. Have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent;
- Candidates with foreign educational credentials require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report, issued by an IRCC-recognized organization.
- Candidates do not require an ECA if they:
- Have a Canadian degree or diploma from a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution; or
- Having relevant work experience in the trade in Alberta with a valid Alberta Qualification Certificate or trade certificate recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training does not require an ECA.
5. Meet the minimum work experience requirements in the current job (occupation while applying);
- Have at least 12 months of full-time work experience in his current job in Alberta within the last 18 months;
- Have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in his current job in Canada and/or outside Canada within the last 30 months;
- A post-graduation work permit holder must have at least 6 months of full-time work experience in his current job in Alberta within the last 18 months.
- To be eligible under this stream, a post-graduation work permit holder must be working for a position in his field of study.
6. Have a valid full-time job offer from an employer in Alberta;
- A valid job offer must:
- Be full-time paid work with a minimum of 30 hours/week for 12 months or more, varying for different eligible AINP occupations;
- Be signed by the applicant as well as the Alberta employer;
- Be providing an employment opportunity for 12 months or more;
- Be providing work related to the applicant’s current job; and
- Be providing work in an eligible occupation, for which the applicant holds a valid work permit.
- A valid job offer must: