Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

If you have the skills needed by Alberta, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) may be an option for you. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) visa is designed to support Alberta's economic growth by attracting prospective immigrants to the labour market of Alberta.

Process of acquiring the Visa (Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program [AINP])

  • The first step towards Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is apply to the AINP and be nominated.
  • Alberta will consider the application based on its immigration needs, its economic needs, and the genuine intention for the applicant to settle there.
  • Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for a permanent resident visa through IRCC as a Provincial Nominee. IRCC [Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada] makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.

There are a number of options with different eligibility criteria under Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

  • Skilled Worker Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category
  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
  • Engineering Occupations Category
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream
The eligibility criteria and process for applying to the AINP varies depending on the stream and category. The list below will help you choose the stream or category you are opting for this program:
  • You can apply under Skilled Worker Category(Employer-Driven Stream) if:
  • You are a foreign worker and have a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B)
OR
 
  • You are an Alberta employer wanting to retain a skilled foreign worker on a permanent, full-time basis.
To be eligible under Skilled Worker Category (Employer-Driven Stream), you must:
  • Clearly show in the application that you are able to and intend to live permanently in Alberta.
  • Have related education, training, previous work experience, and any Alberta licensing needed for the position and to meet AINP criteria.
  • Provide a copy of your valid work permit if you are already working in Alberta.
  • Provide proof of your legal status in your country of residence only if you are not currently working in Alberta (you are living abroad).
Meet additional criteria if your occupation is one of the following:
 
a) Plasterers, Drywallers, and Upholsterers.
b) Early childhood educators and child care staff
c) Managers/Supervisors in the Service, Retail and Foodservice Industries
 
Supervisors, foremen, and trades people working in occupations designated as a Compulsory or Optional Trade in Alberta (including Chefs, Cooks, and Line Cooks) are no longer eligible to apply under the Employer-Driven Stream and must apply under the Strategic Recruitment Stream, Compulsory and Optional Trades Category.

To be eligible under International Graduate Category (Employer-Driven Stream), you must:

  • Clearly show in the application that you are able to and intend to live permanently in Alberta.
  • Have obtained a diploma, degree, or have completed a graduate level program from a publicly funded community college, trade/technical school or university in Alberta or Canada, or at a private institution in Alberta authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institutions.
  • Have graduated from a Canadian educational program that was a minimum of two years in length at the undergraduate level or a minimum of one year at the graduate level.
  • Have a current and valid post-graduation work permit issued by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).
  • Show that your job with your Alberta Employer is related to your field of study in Alberta or Canada.
  • Have six months of full-time work experience with the same Alberta Employer on a post-graduation work permit before you apply with the Alberta Employer to the AINP.

To be eligible in the Semi-Skilled Worker Category, you must:

  • Be currently working in Alberta on a work permit for an eligible Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Semi-Skilled Occupation
  • Show that you have completed a minimum of high school education.
  • In the Foodservices Industry (pilot project) your high school education must be equivalent to Alberta standards.

Make sure you meet additional criteria required for your industry:

  • Food and Beverage Processing
  • Hotel and Lodging
  • Manufacturing
  • Long-Haul Trucking
  • Foodservice Industry (pilot project)

To be eligible for the Compulsory and Optional Trades Category:

  • You must intend to and be able to live and work permanently in Alberta.
  • You must have an Alberta Qualification Certificate in a compulsory or optional trade. If you have met all the requirements for the Alberta Qualification Certificate Program, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) will issue you an Alberta Qualification Certificate in your respective trade. After you receive your trade certificate, AIT will send you a letter inviting you to apply to the AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream.
  • You must have an AINP invitation letter from AIT. If you do not have an AINP invitation letter from AIT, your application will be declined.
  • You must be residing in Alberta at the time of application and show that you have a valid work permit from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) in the trade in which you are certified.
  • You must show, at the time of application, that you are either currently working in your trade for an Alberta Employer or have previously worked in your trade with an Alberta Employer for a minimum of six months in the past two years.

To be eligible for the Engineering Occupations Category:

  • You must be currently residing in Alberta.
  • You must intend to and be able to live permanently in Alberta.
  • You must provide evidence of related education/training and experience as an engineer, designer or drafter.
  • You must be currently working or have worked within the last two years in Alberta either directly or on contract for one of the following:
  • a recognized, reputable and well-established Alberta Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Company; and/or
  • An Alberta company that is a member of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta.
  • Your occupation in Alberta must be on the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Strategic Recruitment Stream ‚¬ Engineering Occupations List.
  • If you have engineering credentials and you are working in an occupation under NOC 2131, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2141, 2143, 2144, or 2145, you must provide a "Letter of No Objection from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) or show that you are registered with APEGGA as a foreign licensee.
  • If you are working in an occupation under NOC 2231, 2232, 2241 or 2253 you do not require a "Letter of No Objection from APEGGA.

To be eligible under Self-Employed Farmer Stream criteria:

  • You must prove that you have farm management skills shown by:
  • Financial documentation of your existing farm business.
  • Documentation of your education, training and work experience.
  • Proposed detailed business plan for the farming enterprise you are considering in Alberta
  • Proof that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance your proposed farming business.
  • You must have sufficient financial resources to develop a sustainable farming operation:
  • You must be able to invest a minimum of CDN $500,000 of equity in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
  • You must provide documents that demonstrates you have a minimum net worth of CDN $500,000 or confirmation that you have access to a similar amount of funds from other sources.
  • The CDN $500,000 is the minimum amount. You may be required to show you have the ability to invest more than the minimum
  • You must invest in a primary production farming business in Alberta.
  • You will have to document your investment intentions in your proposed business plan.
  • Applications representing the best opportunity for growth relevant to Alberta's agro - food targets will be given priority.
Under all categories in Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program:
  • You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members after you arrive in Canada. The money must be available to support the costs of living for yourself and your family. You cannot borrow this money.
  • The applicant is also required to satisfy certain health and character requirements to meet the AINP visa criteria.

Benefits of Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program [AINP]

If your application for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program AINP is approved by IRCC, the visa office will issue a permanent resident visa to you.
 
As permanent residents, you and your family members will have the right to:
 
  • Live, study and work in Canada for as long as you remain permanent residents
  • Access most social benefits accorded to Canadian citizens.
  • Apply for Canadian citizenship, and if granted, apply for a Canadian passport once you have been a legal permanent resident for three of the four previous years.

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