Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
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Alberta is one of the three Canadian Prairie Provinces. While it shares its northern boundary with the Northwest Territories, the US state of Montana lies to the south of the province. The Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia make the other two neighbours, towards the east and the west respectively.
While Edmonton is the provincial capital, the other prominent cities in Alberta include – Calgary, Red Deer, St. Albert, Airdrie, Lethbridge, Leduc, and Grande Prairie.
Over the years, Alberta has become a popular destination for immigrants that wish to take up Canadian permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP], intending to settle within Alberta after being granted their Canada PR.
According to Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data of Canada, in 2021, there were around 23,987 immigrants in Alberta. A “recent immigrant” is the term applied to an individual that had obtained a landed immigrant or Canadian permanent resident status within the previous 5 years.
Alberta immigration is a much sought-after provincial immigration program for immigrants that intend settling down in Canada.
The province offers a wide range in terms of employment opportunities for a new immigrant.
A part of the PNP of Canada, Alberta’s immigration program is known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program [AINP]. It is through the AINP that Alberta nominates individuals for permanent residence in Canada. To be considered by Alberta PNP for a nomination, the individual will be required to either possess the requisite skills for filling up job shortages within the province or plan on buying/starting a business in Alberta.
Additionally, such prospective AINP nominees must also be able to provide for their families after relocating to Alberta.
AINP Canada is run by the provincial government of Alberta and the federal government of Canada.
Those successful in securing a nomination through the Alberta immigrant nominee program might apply for Canadian permanent resident status, together with their spouse and dependent children.
Canadian permanent residence via the AINP route involves a 2-step process. While the first part of the process is securing a nomination through the provincial government, the second part involves applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for Canada PR.
The final decision on granting permanent residence lies with IRCC.
|Alberta provincial nominee program streams available|
Streams for workers
Alberta Opportunity Stream – for temporary workers that are already working full-time in Alberta and have a full-time job offer, in an eligible occupation, from an employer in Alberta.
Candidates must have either a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment [LMIA] or hold one of the accepted LMIA exemption work permits.
Alberta Express Entry Stream – linked with the federal Express Entry system of Canada.
Candidates that can be nominated under the stream –
No direct applications to be accepted. A candidate can only apply to the Alberta Express Entry stream if they are invited by the AINP for the same.
|Streams for entrepreneurs||International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream [IGEIS] – for qualified international graduates from Alberta post-secondary institutions that wish to establish/operate a business in Alberta.|
Self-Employed Farmer Stream – for entrepreneurs that have the financial resources as well as farm management experience for establishing a new farm or purchasing an existing farm in Alberta.
A proposed business plan will have to be submitted, along with the application, to the AINP for assessment.
|Foreign Graduate Start-Up Visa Stream [FGSVS] – for qualified foreign educated graduates [from outside of Canada] that intend launching start-up enterprises and innovative businesses within the province.|
*Alberta PNP processing time varies based on the AINP stream applying under.
Each year, Alberta can nominate individuals – through the Alberta PNP program – for Canadian permanent residence.
Eligibility requirements for the AINP
- Job offer for full-time and/or permanent employment from an Alberta employer.
- Basic work experience.
- Required scores in a language proficiency test.
- An intention of living and working in Alberta.
- Legitimate work permit and other associated documents.
- Occupation under any of the National Occupational Classification [NOC] Skill Type 0: management jobs, Skill Level A: professional jobs, or Skill Level B: technical jobs.
- Proof of legal residence in their home country.
- A Labour Market Impact Assessment [LMIS] confirmation letter.
General Basis Steps for Applying
STEP 1: Read the AINP terms and conditions
STEP 2: review the AINP selection criteria
STEP 3: Review the language testing requirements
STEP 4: Download the Document Checklist and complete the required forms
STEP 5: Submitting the application
After you apply
- Ensure you receive your notification of application submission
- Keep the information in your application up-to-date
- Assessment of application
- Receiving a decision on the application
AINP draws in 2022
|Invitation Dates||Number of Invitations issued||CRS score of lowest ranked candidate|
|April 14, 2022||250||356|
|March 22, 2022||350||325|
|March 08, 2022||350||318|
|February 01, 2022||400||CRS 340|
|January 18, 2022||350||CRS 346|
|January 5, 2022||250||CRS 327|
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What is the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program [AINP]?
The Alberta PNP is known as the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). This is an economic immigration program which nominates immigration candidates for permanent residence in Canada.
The nominees must have the skills and abilities to fill the job shortage in the province. Individuals nominated under the program can apply for a PR visa together with their spouse and dependent children.
The applications for the AINP are managed by the IRCC. The final decisions on the PR visa is taken by the federal government.
The Alberta PNP consists of three main immigration streams:
- Alberta Opportunity Stream
- Alberta Express Entry Stream
Self-Employed Farmer Stream
I am an Express Entry candidate. How do I secure a PNP nomination through Alberta?
The first step towards securing an AINP nomination would be the creation of an Expression of Interest [EO] profile. An EOI is a way of communicating to the provincial government an interest in Alberta immigration.
What is the cost for making EOI profile with the AINP?
There is no fees involved for the submission of an EOI with the AINP.
How many AINP streams are available?
There are a total of 5 AINP streams available. While 2 are for skilled workers, 3 are targeted at entrepreneurs that wish to migrate overseas to Alberta.
What is the Alberta Opportunity Stream?
For temporary foreign workers that are already working full-time within the province of Alberta and also have a full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible occupation.
Is there any AINP stream for Express Entry candidates?
Yes. The Alberta Express Entry Stream is linked with the federal Express Entry system of Canada.
How does an AINP nomination help an Express Entry candidate?
A PNP nomination, through any of the Express Entry-linked provincial pathways, gets an Express entry candidate 600 CRS points, thereby guaranteeing an invitation by IRCC in the next Express Entry draw to be held.
I have been nominated by the AINP under the Alberta Express Entry Stream. Can I extend my nomination?
Candidates nominated by the AINP for the Alberta Express Entry stream cannot have their nomination extended.
Can I directly apply to the Alberta Express Entry Stream?
No. Candidates cannot directly apply to the Alberta Express Entry Stream. They must have received an invitation from the AINP before they can apply to the stream.
Is there a time limit on applying after receiving an NOI from the AINP?
An online application will have to be submitted within 2 weeks of receiving an NOI from the AINP.
Which is better for Alberta Express Entry Stream, applying in paper-based application or online?
As of October 1, 2020, the AINP will only be accepting Alberta Express Entry Stream applications online. Applications by email, mail or fax will not be accepted.
What is the AINP application fee?
An application fee of $500 will be applicable to all online applications. There will be no fee for applications that had been mailed either on or before October 1, 2020.
I already have an AINP application. Can I submit another application in another stream?
No. You can have only one AINP application in process at any time.
What is the AINP Portal?
It is through the AINP Portal that an eligible candidate can apply to AINP online, update information related to their online application, and review status.
What is MyAlberta Digital ID?
MyAlberta Digital ID is a system to be used for accessing the AINP Portal. Providing individuals with their own unique online identity, MyAlberta Digital ID is free to create.
What are the eligibility requirements for the Alberta PNP program?
Eligibility requirements for the AINP
- Applicants should have a job offer for full-time and/or permanent employment from an Alberta employer.
- They must have the basic work experience required by the employer to qualify for immigration nomination
- They should have the minimum scores in the language proficiency tests to qualify for a nomination
- They should show an intention to live and work in Alberta
- Applicants should have a legitimate work permit and other associated documents
- They should identify their occupation under any of the NOC categories _ O, A and B
- Applicants must submit proof of legal residence in their home country
- Applicants should have a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) confirmation letter
What are the details of the opportunity stream of the AINP?
For foreign nationals employed in Alberta and international graduates who have completed their studies at an accredited Alberta post-secondary institution, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is a pathway to permanent residence in Canada. In 2018, this stream took the place of the Employer-Driven Stream and the Strategic Recruitment Stream.
Can you give me more details about the Alberta Express Entry stream?
This is a federally linked Express Entry Stream. The AINP examines the profiles of candidates in the federal Express Entry pool on a regular basis. The AINP sends out Notifications of Interest (NOI) letters to selected applicants based on their profile details, encouraging them to submit a completed application to the AINP.
What is the Self-Employed Farmer Stream of the Alberta PNP?
Individuals with ample farming experience and personal funds to buy and grow a farm in the province of Alberta may apply for permanent residence via this stream. These applicants must be farm owners/operators who plan to stay in the province and buy or operate a farming company in Alberta.
What are the steps to apply for the Alberta provincial nominee program?
Steps to apply
Step 1. Read the AINP terms and conditions
Step 2. Review the AINP selection criteria
Step 3. Review the language testing requirements
Step 4. Download the Document Checklist and complete the required forms
Step 5. Mail the application
How long is the processing time of the Alberta PNP?
The processing time is usually 15-19 months, it will not be delayed provided you:
• Ensure you receive your notification of application
• Keep your application information up to date
• Application assessment will be done
• Receive a decision on application
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