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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Nominees must have skills and abilities to fill job shortages in Alberta, and be able to provide for their families. The program is run by both the Alberta government and the federal government. Eligible individuals can apply to this program as a path to working and living in Alberta permanently.

If a person is nominated through the program, they may apply for permanent residence status together with their spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. The application for permanent residence is managed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The federal government makes final decisions on these applications.

 Who Are The Eligible Applicants?

At the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must have a valid work permit for an eligible occupation. Valid work permits are based on one of the following:

  • a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • a LMIA exemption for workers based on one of the following exemptions as determine by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
    i. international trade agreements
    ii. workers transferred within a company
    iii. International Experience Canada
    iv. Mobilité Francophone
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holder

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders must also meet additional education and occupation requirements:

  • Your current occupation must be related to your field of study in Alberta.
  • If you are admitted and enrolled in your Alberta credential program before April 1, 2019, your credential must be issued by an Alberta Advanced Education approved Alberta public and private post-secondary institution and must be one of the following Alberta Advanced Education approved credentials:
    i. certificate or post-graduate certificate (minimum one year in length)
    ii. diploma program (minimum 2 years in length)
    iii. undergraduate bachelor’s degree
    iv. graduate level degree
    v. graduate level certificate
    vi. graduate level diploma

What Are The Eligible Occupations?

At the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application, you must:

  • work in an eligible occupation in Alberta
  • work in an occupation that matches your previous work experience

Most occupations under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, B, C and D are eligible under the AINP.

Language Requirements

At the time your application is postmarked you must demonstrate you meet the following language test score in English or French:

  • Canadian Benchmark (CLB) test score required: Minimum of 4 for each English language skill.
  • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) test score required: Minimum of 4 for each French language skill.

Work Experience Requirements

Your “current occupation” is the occupation you are working in at the time your application is postmarked to the AINP. It must also match your work experience at the time your application is postmarked and at the time the AINP assesses your application.

At the time your application is postmarked you must have either:

  • a minimum of 12 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months; or
  • a minimum of 24 months of full-time work experience in your current occupation in Canada and/or abroad within the last 30 months
  • This work experience can be a combination of experience gained in Alberta, in Canada (outside Alberta) and/or abroad.

Post-Graduation Work Permit holders require a minimum of 6 months full-time work experience in your current occupation in Alberta within the last 18 months.

Alberta Opportunity Stream

The Alberta government is extending the transition period for the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials to allow students and post-secondary institutions further time to adjust.

International students who are admitted and enrolled before April 1, 2019 in one-year entry-level certificate programs, post-graduate certificate or diploma programs that are not on the Alberta Opportunity Stream List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials will still be considered for the AINP as long as they meet all other requirements. Students who are admitted and enrolled on or after April 1, 2019 in one of these programs will not be eligible to apply to the AINP with a Post-Graduation Work Permit. They can still apply to the program if they are able to secure a Labour Market Impact Assessment-based work permit. They also continue to have an option to apply to the Express Entry stream.

How To Apply For AOS?

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

Alberta Express Entry Stream

 The Alberta Express Entry Stream allows Alberta to nominate a limited number of qualified candidates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. Candidates who have demonstrated strong ties to Alberta or who can help support the government’s economic development and diversification priorities may be asked to submit an application.

International graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions may also be asked to submit an application under this stream. Only candidates who are asked to submit an application to the Alberta Express Entry Stream will be considered.

Assessment Criteria for Alberta Express Entry Stream

If you have received a request from AINP to submit an application to the Alberta Express Entry Stream, you must determine if you meet the assessment criteria before you submit an application. You may only submit an application if you can demonstrate you meet the criteria. You will be assessed against this criteria at the time your package is postmarked and at the time your application is assessed.

To be considered for nomination you must:

  • Have an active Express Entry profile in the federal Express Entry pool
  • Meet the criteria of at least one of the federal immigration programs: Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program or Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Intend to and be able to live and work in Alberta
  • Be working in an occupation that supports Alberta’s economic development and diversification
  • Have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 300.

If you have one or more of the following adaptability factors, this may increase your likelihood of being nominated:

  • Valid Alberta job offer and/or work experience
  • A graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution with a valid Alberta job offer, or
  • Parent, child, brother and/or sister who is a permanent resident living in Alberta, or a Canadian citizen living in Alberta.

Apply For Permanent Residence

All nominees except Alberta Express Entry nominees

Step 1. Receive your AINP Nomination package

Step 2: Review your AINP Nomination package

Step 3: Get your permanent residence application ready

Step 4: Mail your application

The sooner you apply for permanent residence, the sooner you can get an Acknowledgement of Receipt of your application from IRCC and your IRCC file number. Your Acknowledgement of Receipt and IRCC file number are very important if you need to extend your work permit.

Self-Employed Farmer Stream

The AINP works closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) to assess the eligibility of applicants under this stream. Processing times are not available. According to this stream, individuals with farming experience and personal funds able to purchase and develop a farm in Alberta can apply for PR.

After you have applied, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will assess the application. As part of this assessment, you must attend an in-person interview with representatives of the Alberta Government to determine your eligibility under the AINP.

To check whether the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry received your application you must send your application by registered mail or courier and track its delivery.

If Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is satisfied with your application, they will forward your application to the AINP for assessment.