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Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta PNP Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program. Particularly, ANIP operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In short, it supports Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and enjoying work-ready people to the province.

Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, finally apply for permanent residence through IRCC as a provincial nominee. But IRCC makes final decisions on all permanent resident applications. In other words, AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. Hence, you may apply on your own or through the best immigration consultant.

Six Factor point calculator for AINP

  1. Factor 1 – Education
  2. Factor 2 – Language ability
  3. Factor 3 – Work Experience
  4. Factor 4 – Age
  5. Factor 5 – Arranged employment
  6. Factor 6 – Adaptability

What are the streams to apply for Alberta PNP?

The AINP is a partnership between Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Government of Alberta. In fact, it seeks skilled and semi-skilled foreign nationals who can immediately enter in Alberta Province. The major immigration programs under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) are:

  1. Alberta Express Entry stream
  2. Alberta Opportunity Stream
  3. Strategic Recruitment Stream
  4. Employer Driven Stream
  5. Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream

1. Alberta Express Entry stream: Under this way the province selects a number of eligible applicants for nomination from the Federal Express Entry pool. AINP directly selects the eligible candidates from the pool in Express Entry. Candidates are required to obtain the Notification of Interest first and only then they can apply for Canada permanent resident program. This option is for people who are interested to immigrate to Alberta. They first have to create a new Express Entry profile. Once this is done, the individual can then show an interest in the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program directly through the system. If an Alberta nomination is then received, the prospective immigrant will consequently gain 600 points on his or her Express Entry score, significantly increasing their chances of being given an Invitation to Apply during the next Express Entry draw.  

  1. Alberta Opportunity Stream: Interested candidates must meet several categories of requirements to qualify for the Alberta Opportunity Stream. Unless otherwise specified, all requirements must be met at the time of submission of application and at the time AINP assesses the application as below.

Eligibility criteria for Alberta Opportunity Stream:

  • Valid work permit obtained through Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) unless:
  1. An LMIA exempt worker who is covered by international trade agreement.
  2. An LMIA exempt international student who has a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
  • Language test results that must score at least CLB5 and NCLC (in some cases 7 is also required). The only exception is for applicants under 3413 NOC Code – Patient Service Associates, Orderlies, and Nurse Aides. They are required to provide a language test score of at least Level 7 CLB or NCLC for each of the linguistic skills in French or English. From 1.1.2020, for candidates applying under NOC B, A, and 0 the language requirement has been increased to NCLC or CLB Level 5.
  • The language skill results must be from IELTS/CELPIP/TEF
  • Educational certificate from a post-secondary institution Or A diploma for two years or an undergraduate/ graduate degree.
  • Full-time work experience of 12 months within 18 months in Alberta province Or Full-time work experience of 24 months within 30 months in Canada
  • Enough funds to settle in Canada
  • A candidate has a job offer letter of full-time, permanent from the Alberta employer.
  • Provide a legal proof of residence in your country.
  1. Strategic Recruitment Stream: This stream allows individuals to apply to the AINP without employer support. It consists of three different categories:
  • Compulsory and Optional Trades Category – Trades persons who hold either an Alberta Qualification Certificate or a Recognized Trade Certificate may be eligible under this category. Individuals must be living in Alberta on a valid work permit at the time of application and work in a compulsory or optional trade.
  • Engineering Occupations Category – This category was designed for engineers, designers and drafters with Alberta work experience. Applicants must work in one of the designated occupations.
  • Post Graduate Worker Category – Individuals who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Alberta comes under this category. The ones currently working in Alberta in an eligible occupation on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may be eligible for this program.
  1. Employer-Driven Stream: Alberta PNP Program applicants have the comfort of knowing that their job prospects are bright after becoming permanent residents. Employers can more easily keep the workers they need. In addition, this stream comprises three sub-categories:
  • Skilled Worker Category – For individuals with a permanent, full-time job offer in an eligible skilled occupation. Individuals are not required to be working in Alberta PNP at the time of application.
  • International Graduate Category – For individuals who have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, hold a valid Post-Graduation Work Permit, and have received a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer.
  • Semi-Skilled Worker Category – For temporary foreign workers who have received a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation.

Documents Required for Alberta Opportunity Stream

  • CIC forms
  • CIC Work permit
  • Valid passport
  • Educational certificates (degree, diploma, and certificates)
  • Work Related Reference Letters
  • Travelling documents
  • Language proficiency (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, etc.)
  • Identity proof (especially, age, name and date of birth)
  • The Alberta Employer and Candidate must complete the Employer-Driven Application for a Skilled Occupation (AINP 005) form together
  • The Applicant has to finally, submit a form (AINP 003) Employer-Driven Application for Nomination
  1. Self-Employed Farmer Stream: The Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream is managed by the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) in close collaboration with the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and targets applicants with farm management skills and sufficient financial resources to invest in a farming business in Alberta.

          Requirements for Self-Employed Farmer Stream

  • Managerial experience with an existing farm enterprise;
  • Education, training and work experience necessary to develop a sustainable farming business in Alberta;
  • A business plan for the farming enterprise to be developed in Alberta;
  • Evidence that a Canadian financial institution is willing to finance the proposed farming enterprise;
  • A minimum of $500,000 of equity to invest in the farming enterprise;
  • A minimum net worth of $500,000 or confirmation of access to these funds.

Candidates who can’t apply for Alberta PNP

  • A refugee claimant
  • Work as a caregiver in Canada
  • Work as a Temporary Foreign Worker who is not living in Alberta
  • Being removed or in the process of being removed from Canada
  • Study in Canada as an international student doing internships or co-op work placements

What is AINP fee?

An application fee of $500 applies to all online applications. The AINP application fee is non-refundable once an application has been submitted to the AINP. Refund requests for application fees will not be considered. The application fee covers the cost of processing your application and is required whether a nomination certificate is issued or not. There is no guarantee you will be issued a nomination certificate. Each AINP application requires a separate application fee and the fee will not be refunded.

What is Alberta PNP Processing Time?

It depends on the few factors for instance, labour market information, volume of an application received and date of receiving application. Once a candidate becomes eligible and approved by the Alberta authorities, he/she will get a nomination certificate. However, the whole process may take 8-9 months. It may also vary profile to profile.

Therefore, apply for your Alberta PNP Program through the passionate team of immigration experts. World overseas immigration provides its client best visa consultation and help to secure their PR Visa. You may also take help from our specialists at info@worldoverseasimmigration.com. You may also fill the ‘Free Assessment Enquiry’ to get a call back from the World overseas Immigration Specialists.